Along with dominating the search engine market, Google is a company that has developed tons of products. Among them, there are both not that cool apps, environments, and tools (think Goggles, Lively, or Wave) and some really great ones (Android, Gmail, Chrome). The list of the products, technologies, and tools that fall into the latter category is much longer — and here, we'll talk about one of them.
It's called Flutter and it's an almost perfect toolkit for cross-platform development. In simple terms, thanks to this tool, the developers don't need to do the work twice and the clients don't need to spend twice for the same app for iOS and Android. Obviously, Flutter has both strong and weak sides — and here, we'll talk about them. We’ll also compare Flutter to React Native to help you understand which one will work better for you. Basically, we’ll provide you all the most useful info about Flutter without entering into too many technical details.
TL;DR: Flutter works great for mobile development but lacks libraries. If you need a very small app or the app that must be updated through hot pushes, choose React Native. If you want to save time, to build an app prototype as fast as possible, or simply to get a good app for a good price, choose Flutter.
Both Flutter and React Native are extremely popular when it comes to cross-platform development. Now, when you already know the strong and the weak sides of Flutter, let's proceed to the quick comparison of Flutter and React Native. We won’t compare the cost, the number of libraries, and the speed here — all these are already covered above. Let’s focus on UI, ecosystem, and MVP development instead.
Flutter wins here — it provides great simplicity in implementation and great access to native UI elements, its custom UI-building widgets are just impressive, and its way of UI rendering is one of the most prominent features of Flutter. Flutter may have certain problems, but certainly not when it comes to UI and development API.
In 2020, 6.6% of professional developers used Flutter, according to Stack Overflow (11.8% of devs used React Native). In terms of ecosystem size, React Native is the winner. But as we've said, Flutter has a bright future — and its ecosystem is growing constantly. React Native wins here, but it’s a temporary victory.
Which one is best for MVP?
MVP (minimum viable product) is a simple, basic version of the app that is needed to evaluate the idea and to understand if the target audience actually needs the product. Flutter is much better when it comes to MVP — it takes less time to build an MVP with this SDK because of the Hot Reload feature (it saves a lot of time).
Basically, that’s all you need to know about Flutter. Of course, our development team knows much more about this toolkit — they’ve been developing mobile apps with Flutter for years and they are ready to carry out your project at all stages. From an idea to support and maintenance, we can do everything you need. Contact us right now, get a free consultation, and get your app built at a very reasonable price!
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