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Google launches Flutter dev toolkit for creating Android and iOS apps

Google launches Flutter dev toolkit for creating Android and iOS apps

Today at Mobile World Congress, Google is announcing a major update in their attempts to simplify UI development across platforms.

Flutter's alpha builds have already proven to be extremely stable, to the point where Google felt comfortable to integrate it into their AdWords platform as a key tool for their development team. Flutter is Google's open source toolkit to help developers build iOS and Android apps.

Flutter also promises expressive and flexible designs with composible widget sets, rich animation libraries, and layered, extensible architecture.

High-quality experiences across devices and platforms with our portable, GPU-accelerated renderer and high-performance, native ARM code runtime, and platform interop. "Native" development, where you use the default tools and languages provided by Apple or Google for their respective platforms.

Since launching its alpha, the Flutter team added support for new phones like the iPhone X, a number of accessibility features, right-to-left text support and worked on localization and internationalization, as well as the ability to run Flutter code in the background. According to Ladd, Google wants to take this opportunity to engage with mobile developers as well as showcase the advancements they have made over the course of a year ago. Yes, you'll get an additional 6.7MB on Android for example, but Google claims that the speed benefit that comes with Flutter is worth it.

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As a cross-platform SDK, Flutter apps work on iOS and Android. We keep the app running and the state of your app resident while you change the code through this hot reload. There are features such as new refactoring to help developers manage their widget code, platform interop to expose the power of mobile platforms to Flutter code, improved stateful hotreloads, and a new widget inspector with an easy view to browse the entire widget tree. The company wants to use this opportunity to engage with mobile developers and to highlight the advances it made over the course of the a year ago.

With an entry into beta, Flutter is quickly becoming a big deal at Google.

Beyond that, the toolkit uses the Dart programming language introduced by Google.

Going forward, Google intends to release new betas approximately every four weeks with a focus on stabilization and scenario completion as it approaches a 1.0 release. You can mix and match Flutter code with each platform's usual code, and there are plugins for Firebase.

Check out the Getting Started Guide to start designing apps with Flutter today!


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