Google continues to drive the development of its fledgling cross-platform framework, Flutter. The company plans to further simplify the development of native Android and iOS apps with a single codebase. The main focus of this update are the stability and bug fixes. But with the preview of two new features, the transition from a native Android or iOS app is simplified.
What’s new in Flutter 1.o?
Only in June 2018 the open source framework left the beta phase. Half a year later, Google is releasing version 1.0, the first stable major release. Despite the early stage of development, Google was able to convince some companies of Flutter. In addition to Google Ads, Alibaba, Philips Hue or Groupon also use the open source solution. Although the use of Flutter is associated with the use of the rather less common Dart programming language.
Since not every developer and not every company wants or can rewrite an existing app from scratch, Add to App is supposed to solve exactly this problem. It should significantly improve collaboration with existing Android or iOS codebases. Also Platform Views aims at compatibility with other platforms – only the other way around. Because with this, Android and iOS views can be embedded in Flutter. These now include plugins for Google Maps and a web view.
Also read the full article on the Flutter update on the Google Developers blog .
Is Flutter the Decisive Step to Replace with Fuchsia Android?
Fuchsia is the name of the new operating system from Google. It will not only run on smart speakers and notebooks in the next few years, but will also replace Android in the next five years . But to make Fuchsia appealing, the variety and amount of apps play a crucial role. One possibility would be compatibility with Android apps. Thus, there would be from day one to the same size app selection as the previous operating system.
Another option is called Flutter. Although the framework so far only allows app development for Android and iOS, Fuchsia could later become the target platform. Because with the widget system it is relatively easy to develop user interfaces for the different operating systems. As soon as Fuchsia launches for smartphones, it would be easy for app developers and Google to make Flutter apps compatible with Fuchsia. If you want to develop apps that are future-oriented, you should take a closer look at Flutter.