What is Flutter? and why should it be your choice for your next app?

What Is The Flutter Framework?

In short, the Flutter app development platform is a hybrid mobile development platform with UI tool kits that have a native feel to them even though they are hybrid made. The flutter app development platform comes with pre-coded UI elements such as menu bars, buttons, and more. These pre-coded elements are made with google material design for android devices and Cupertino for iOS, in fact, the flutter app development platform uses Dart which is an object-oriented programming language. Dart shares a huge amount of its coding practices with Kotlin and Swift, which is the foundation for Android and iOS respectively So when compared with other development platforms such as Xamarin, Ionic, and Cordova, Flutter app development is much more close to the native platform when compared any other Hybrid mobile development platform.

What Does Flutter Do?

Flutter app development platform outclasses its competition by having precoded UI elements and widgets which cuts down time on developing time and coding errors. The flutter app development platform is a mixture of native codes of Android and iOS which is buoyed by the DART foundation. The flutter app development platform makes it easier for developers to put time coding the functionality of the application instead of wasting time on coding for the front-end part of the application.    

How To Program In Flutter?

To start programming in Flutter app development platform, one only needs to know the basic concepts of programming such as loops, conditions, variables, and syntaxes. The programmers do not need experience in coding with Kotlin or Swift or Dart for that matter. Developers need to go to Google’s code lab to start coding, the developers will code the core of the program in OOPS format and execute it When completed the code lab will show the program in Swift and Kotlin programs. Developers will need to choose between the Android Studio or iOS simulator as the primary platform. Codelabs will choose Android Studio as default but developers will have the choice to choose otherwise. Once this is complete developers can choose between pre-coded UI elements or can create a new one. Flutter app development platform also comes with pre-coded widgets native to both iOS and Android respectively.

How To Run Flutter App In Android?

To run a flutter app in android, first, the application needs a launcher icon that can be uniquely created or one can be chosen from the flutter_launcher_icons package. In the case of a unique icon, developers need to follow guidelines prescribed in Material Design. After the icon is finalized, the application needs to be digitally signed. Next, the entire codes of the application are shrunk with R8, this is enabled by default by the Google Play store. 

The Flutter application needs a manifest, this manifest contains the app name, label, and tag lines. The manifest, more importantly, contains all the permissions needed from the user to execute the application on their device. In the next step, build configuration is done, here developers need to input the application id (applicationId) which has to be a unique and final id given to the application.  Next developers need to input the internal version name and number of the application (versionCode & versionName). Next, the minimum and existing API levels need to be specified, (minSdkVersion & targetSdkVersion).

The next step is to make the Flutter app into an app for uploading to the google play store. Before uploading developers need to go through a checklist that deals with language localizations, and distribution to other Google platforms such as google home, google wear, smart TVs, and more. Application listing tweaks for the end-user for better visibility of the application. Once this is done, update your application with a new version and your application is ready for deployment.   

Can Flutter Be Used For iOS?

Yes, the Flutter app uses the Dart programming language which is a mix of Swift and Kotlin, Swift is the base programming language for iOS devices. Flutter mobile app development platform comes with pre-coded settings for Xcode, this makes the development for the front end a breeze when compared with other hybrid mobile development platforms. 

Our Mobile application development process

Learn how we approach your mobile development application requirement, it’s not just coding that goes into the process, we have digital artists, marketers, quality analysts, and business analysts who contribute their individual competencies 

Concepts and research

First, we answer some questions which an end-user could ask him/herself before installing your application

Why choose your application?

How much better is your mobile application than your competitor’s mobile application?

How much easier is it to use this application than the other application?

Will this application be stable all the time?

Will this application do what the other application with lesser clicks? 

The answers to these questions give us what the end goal of your application should be, it may be the core functionality or it could be user experience and most of the time it is both. We identify the target demographics of your application, and the competitors of your application, research what they got right, what they got wrong, and where we can be better than them, and fill the demand gaps in the market. We come up with concepts that will give your application the edge in the marketplace while being better than your current competition.  

Realistic Goals and Timeframe

The next step is to decide between what is feasible and realistic within a given time frame. Here clients and developers come to a consensus on what the end goal should be given. Functionality and features are decided on, this will make sure that end product and client’s demands and expectations are the same. This is an initial and critical stage of the Flutter app development cycle, which drives the rest of the process with a clear and precise end goal. 

Prototyping & Wireframes

Here the Flutter app is given a wireframe, this will finalize the placements of buttons, sliders, images, and more. When creating a complex mobile application, wireframing helps developers and digital artists to have a vision of what the final application will look like. Wireframe also gives the initial mold to clients about their Flutter app’s look and feel.  A wireframe can serve as a checklist for APIs, servers, data diagrams, data integrations, push notifications, and other technical aspects. Wireframing also provides a canvas for digital artists to unleash their creativity and give the Flutter app a better user experience.  

Development Of The Application

Once the wireframing is done and everybody is on the page of the team, the flutter app development starts, coding is done in Dart programming language, and the codes are executed on both Android Studio and Xcode to make sure that the application has similar performance and feel in both the individual platforms. While the Flutter app is hybrid in nature, developers need to tweak the hybrid Flutter app to be as native as possible. Strict standards are maintained as the application needs to be stable, look and feel native and outperform the competition. Even though Flutter comes with plenty of pre-coded UI elements and widgets, all elements of the application is custom made and designed to give the end-user a one-of-a-kind experience

Debugging & App Testing

Here things are more complicated than usual since our Flutter app development services are complicated in the sense that codes here are debugged individually. This answer questions such as how to debug the flutter app on android or how to debug the flutter app on iOS, the answer is they are not debugged as a flutter app, instead they are individually debugged in Android Studio for the android side of the application and in Xcode for the iOS side of the application. This is done so that the Hire Flutter App Developers meet the individual guidelines set by the individual platforms. By individual standards, iOS has much stricter guidelines and takes a longer time for approval when compared with the Android Play Store. The end-user also prefers a bug-free application for obvious reasons.     

Launching the application

Deployment of the flutter app happens individually, these native platforms have separate checklists for approving the application for their individual apps store. For Apple’s app store it takes around 2 to 7 days for approval and for the Android Play Store takes around 2 to 4 hours for approval.  Parallelly our marketing team optimizes your application’s metrics to attract the target demographics and to increase the marketing team launches marketing campaigns, creates marketing collaterals and landing pages to maximize your brand and application to a wider audience.

We offer android app development, iOS app development, and cross platform app development. Nevpro Business Solutions is one best mobile app development companies worldwide. If you want android and ios app development services visit here. 

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