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Google has recently unveiled the Flutter 2.0 version, and its open-source UI development kit helps developers build the cross-platform application from the same codebase. It means developers don’t need to write custom code for each operating system or each device, yet the code will be compatible with all.

Flutter is a renowned and prominent platform that has grabbed massive recognition from big developing companies worldwide, like eBay motors, Alibaba (eCommerce), Hamilton Musical (Entertainment) have, by the time-released their apps.

Nowadays, creating any type of application in this era is not extremely difficult. Although it is necessary to know the required programming and development knowledge, many development mediums allow us to develop applications.

Developing cross-platform applications with a single code

The Key feature that Flutter 2.0 offers compared with contemporaries, i.e., the chance of making an application that works with nearly identical performance and that is compatible with any device without having to write code. Partly this has been going true with mobile devices, and that is, with virtually a similar project, it is feasible to make a completely functional application for Android and iOS.

The latest version permits us to exploit the bigger screen size to make a more optimized interface for these arrangements and support explicit technologies for the web.

What’s new in Flutter 2.0?

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From Mobile to other Platforms

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The Flutter was launched in 2018, and then it just offered support for Android and iOS applications. From that point forward, Google has been improving this platform with beta versions that provide additional support for web applications, macOS, Linux, Windows, and more. Despite this, these enhancements were neither broadly accessible nor designed for completely developed business applications.

With the arrival of Flutter 2.0, Google has executed full support for these other operating systems for all users. From virtually a similar common codebase, developers would now create applications that run as local on desktop platforms, just as on mobile devices.

Google guarantees that Flutter can now integrate into other non-technological devices, like cars, TVs, and smart appliances. Additionally, Flutter is open, which implies that developers can join the project and broaden it with bundles’ ecosystem. One of the upgrades of Flutter 2.0 is the support for foldable devices (for example, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ). It depends on Microsoft’s commitments since the company anticipates that these devices’ popularity should increase in the coming years.

Flutter 2.0 could satisfy numerous developers’ cravings: write a single code that developers can use anyplace. Something that recently isn’t generally conceivable since each platform has its qualities, screen size,native-type. or user interaction techniques up to the programming language where they started.

  • Flutter web moved to stable.
  • Flutter Desktop is now available in the stable channel.
  • Google Mobile Ads (in BETA)
  • Dart 2.12 & Sound Null Safety are also released.

Other improvements:

  • New iOS feature
  • New widgets
  • Add-to-App feature
  • Visual Studio Code Extension
  • Ecosystem updates

The baseline comparison of open-source, cross-platform mobile app development frameworks

 

Overview

Flutter and React Native are advanced software development kits, yet Flutter is developed and supported by Google while Facebook develops React Native. Ionic is one of the earliest programming languages and developed by Driffy Co.

Flutter

Flutterby Google adds a powerful layer to the app development process as it helps develop beautiful native-type apps. It provides its rendering engine, ready-to-use widgets, command-line tools, APIs, and more to simplify the entire development process. However, compared to React Native, it is still rising in popularity since it just launched in 2018.

Major Users: Despite being recently launched, Flutter supports Google Ads, Alibaba, eBay motors, Philips Hue, Baidu, Reflectly, Birch Finance, and others that use flutter to develop their apps.

React Native

React Native is an open-source framework launched in 2015 and written in different languages, including JavaScript, Swift, Objective-C, C ++, and Python.

It provides all the tools and services for high-end cross-platform application development on iOS, Android, and Windows to deliver native-like performance.

Major Users: In a short amount of time, developers adopted this framework to develop various apps, including Instagram, Facebook, Airbnb, Walmart, UberEats, etc.

Ionic

Ionic was launched in the year 2013 as an open-source SDK for cross-platform mobile app development. Because it uses various technologies, including HTML5, CSS, and SaaS, building cross-platform mobile applications is more accessible with Ionic.

Major Users: After a long time being in the market, many are using to build apps such as Sworkit, JustWatch, MarketWatch, and more.

Flutter vs. React Native vs. Ionic: Comparison based on their attributes

 

Attribute Flutter React Native lonic
Creators Google Facebook Drifty Co.
Programming Language Dart JavaScript, Swift, Objective C, or Java HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript
Performance High Close to Native Moderate
Market & Community Support High Moderate Strong
Use Cases All Apps All Apps Simple Apps
Code-Reusability 50-90% 90% 98%
GUI Use Proprietary Widgets Use Native UI Controllers HTML, CSS
Supported Platforms Android, iOS, Google Fuchsia Android, iOS, UWP Android, iOS, Web
Popular Apps Hamilton, Alibaba, and Google Ads Facebook, Instagram, and Airbnb JustWatch, Sworkit, and Nationwide
Pricing Open-Source Open-Source Open-Source as well as paid

CONCLUSION

Despite being relatively new, Flutter has already set the development industry benchmark by simply providing a complete software development kit to developers. With Flutter, not only is it easier to create beautiful apps, but it is also faster to change the code with the hot reload feature.

After all these metrics and comparisons, firstly, you need to decide whether you want to stay with native programming languages, such as Swift, Object C, C++, and Java. Or choose a framework that works well across multiple platforms?

If you are looking for wrapped app solutions, Ionic is an option for you. But because Ionic uses third-party components or Cordova to give the app a native look, it can’t beat Flutter’s efficiency and performance. So, for speed and a wide range of native device features are your priorities, Flutter may be the ultimate choice for you.

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