Mobile applications accompany us every day, making our lives easier. And for many it’s hard to imagine functioning without them. Applications’ creators, especially at the beginning of their journey, are considering which technology and platform to bet on first when they have a limited budget. Many of them cannot afford to develop iOS and Android apps – simultaneously due to financial or time constraints. In such situations, Flutter app development can be a great solution.
What is Flutter?
Flutter is a technology that has been in use in software development for a relatively short time. It was developed by Google Community and is a free and open-source SDK. Developers and customers are increasingly opting for it because it enables mobile app development on both iOS and Android simultaneously, using a single codebase.
Dart Programming language is used to develop Flutter apps – an object-oriented programming language created by Google. The process of writing applications in Flutter is more enjoyable than other technologies designed to develop cross-platform mobile applications. Currently, Flutter is used by many well-known communities such as Google, Alibaba, or Yakka – the company responsible for Hamilton application development.
Entrepreneurs often decide to choose Flutter thanks to its possibility of developing projects for different operating systems simultaneously. It helps them save time and resources. Besides, this technology provides a lot of useful features such as hot-reload (reloading applications in a few hundred milliseconds), the composition of the interface with aesthetic and well-designed components (widgets), or focus on a relative programming style. These capabilities are extremely attractive for companies and programmers who want to provide aesthetic and consistent solutions for the two most popular platforms.
Is Flutter app development good for my product?
Flutter app development is a great idea, especially if your company or startup is at an early stage. Nowadays mobile applications are crucial in the life of every person. They make our lives easier, our work much more efficient and more advanced. Thanks to them, we can easily order a book, make any purchase, and even measure our medical condition.
Why should you choose Flutter?
Flutter development allows you to save time on your project because it allows you to develop an application for two platforms simultaneously. This technology allows shortening the project implementation process significantly. You build one code that later compiles to two native applications. Moreover, the coding process itself runs very smoothly, you can see the changes you made almost immediately after starting the application. This not only speeds up the software development process but also reduces the need for prototyping tools.
Flutter allows you to create a beautiful UI and can simultaneously create friendly interfaces for both platforms. Moreover, choosing Flutter is an investment in the future. In a few years once Flutter becomes a mature technology it will revolutionize the application development market on a large scale.
Flutter as the ideal technology for developing cross-platform applications
Flutter is used to develop cross-platform applications, which is a good solution when you want to deliver an interesting product in a relatively short time and with a limited budget. The technology is also characterized by a high level of flexibility, integration, and scalability. It provides the hot reload function mentioned earlier. Thanks to this feature, the developer can introduce changes and see them immediately in the application. This also translates to a high quality of the delivered product. An important Flutter element is the widgets, which can be adjusted to the emerging application’s needs. Again, this speeds up the development process and helps put more emphasis on providing the best experience for future application users.
The advantage that distinguishes Flutter from other technologies and programming languages is that it is relatively easy to learn because learning Dart is easy. On the other hand, the elements that improve the created application’s performance are Skia Engine and ready libraries. The Skia Engine is an open-source 2D graphics library, which allows rendering the built-in library of platform user interface components. Flutter, similarly to React Native, has many ready-made libraries that make it easy to create applications and use native functions such as push notifications, geolocation, or camera.
Due to the possibility of creating applications for two platforms simultaneously, Flutter enables writing code faster and, as a result, more efficient delivery of the final product. Working with this technology also allows for faster testing of created applications. Programmers can almost immediately see and check the changes in real-time. The testing process is also shortened thanks to the UI app itself for both the latest and older versions of the platforms, contributing to maintaining compatibility with all platforms. Finally, it is also ideal for companies that want to create an MVP (Minimum Valuable Product) for their project. In the case of startups, the cost of Flutter app development, which is often half the cost of separate development of applications for Android and iOS is also an advantage.
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The disadvantages of using Flutter
Flutter has many advantages, especially when it comes to projects that need to be delivered quickly while maintaining high quality. In Flutter, all of these elements are possible, but it is not free of flaws like other technologies.
Despite its dynamic development, Flutter is still in its early stages. However, its dynamic development makes Flutter more and more stable. Another disadvantage is the underdevelopment of some extensions. Therefore, it is best to involve a highly experienced team to work with this technology. To create Flutter apps, you need to know Dart, but unfortunately, that’s not all. To write plugins communicating with native apps, the team needs people who specialize in Androids and iOS. In Applover, we cooperate with excellent experts who specialize in both.
Flutter mobile app development cost
The Applover’s headquarters is located in Wroclaw, Poland. Our location in Central and European Europe determines the cost of our services. Thanks to that we offer our customers competitive prices while maintaining the highest quality of the development. Our developers’ average labor rates range from 40 to 80 Euro an hour, and the final cost depends on the project’s requirements and advancement level.
If you’re wondering what budget you should prepare when planning to develop your application in Flutter, then the total cost of creating an app is more or less 30 000 Euros. While at the same time, creating an app for Android and iOS separately is usually valued at 20-35 000 Euros each (40-70 000 Euros total). You can read more about iOS development costs here; more information about Android and the development costs you’ll find here.
Flutter mobile app development at Applover
We uniquely approach each project. Our work is based on a proven process, which you will read more about in Applover’s Process Book. Our clients can expect high-quality products, which is why we work with a highly qualified team. Regardless of the chosen technology, we make sure that the projects we develop bring high value to their originators and meet their business goals.