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What is flutter? Does it provide all native features? – For startups

Flutter!!! A buzzword that is a topic of discussion from long time in the field of cross-platform development. There is a huge debate on whether to go for native or cross platform development. Let’s briefly see what flutter is and what are it’s advantages?

What is flutter?

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According to wikipedia: Flutter is an open-source UI software development kit created by Google. It is used to develop applications for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Google Fuchsia and the web.
So basically, it’s a framework that would enable to developers to write single code and use it on multi-platforms. Though, if we look at the compatibility and the features it offers, there are some important points to consider before using it as a framework.

Pros:

Development Speed: Flutter being a cross-platform solution, it enables developers to write code that can run on multiple platforms say android/ IOS. Thus, it saves a considerable amount of time when it comes to development speed.

Uniform UI Design: Having a same codebase for cross-platform also implies having same design code for both platforms, which again in turn makes the design uniform across devices and platforms.

Reduced Testing: Every software requires testing before deploying. Multiple codebase require testing for multiple platforms. Thus, using flutter the app / software would behave uniform across device and operating systems.

Attractive reload feature: This feature attracts developers more, considering they don’t have to wait to for app to run again on the device. This again helps in reducing development time.

Cons:

Libraries and Support: We can say that flutter has evolved as a cross – platform development kit, though it has not been in market for very long and has limitations when it comes to libraries and features when compared to native.

Large file size: The size of file is a big concern for developers and clients. With flutter it is usually more than 4MB. Developers spend long time to optimise the file size of app. Google is yet working on it to reduce the file size.

Summary: Flutter has huge potential when it comes to cross- platform app development. Though considering current scenarios, flutter can be best used to develop MVP for startups before pitching to investor.

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