Google announces Beta of Flutter, a framework for building iOS and Android apps

Google announces Beta of Flutter, a framework for building iOS and Android apps

Google announced beta release of Flutter, Google’s apps SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. Flutter works with existing code, is used by developers and organizations around the world, and is free and open source.

The SDK lets code their apps in the Dart , and packages them along with a rendering engine, as well as the native code needed to run those apps on Android or iOS. It’s designed to offer top-shelf performance, while also making it easy to create interfaces suitable for both platforms, thanks to included UI widgets for each.

Flutter plays nice with a range of IDEs including Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, and XCode, as well as some 1,000 packages like Firebase and Facebook Connect. It also offers Hot Reload, which lets you see changes in your app as you make them, without losing your current state while testing.

Since it’s been in alpha from last year, Flutter has already been used to build several apps, including one for Google’s AdWords platform. As notes, Flutter may be about more than just Google trying to make mobile developers’ lives easier: the company has been working on an open-source mobile OS called Fuchsia for a couple of years now, and it’s been written in Flutter using Dart. As such, software built for Android and iOS in Flutter should also work on Fuchsia, should it ever see the light of day.

It will be interesting to see if Flutter takes off and overshadows React Native. Google will likely try to draw more devs in at this year’s I/O conference in May, and hopefully reveal a few more advancements at the time as well.



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