- A hybrid application development framework, making developers’ hearts flutter!
- Powered by none other than Google – the tech global giant
- Revolutionizing the open source cross platform development to a different level
- Has 86.1K GitHub stars and 11.2K GitHub forks
- Has been a preferred choice by all – startups, small, medium and large scaled businesses
Quite evident, isn’t it? Yes, we are talking about Flutter App Development– the modern-day technology that has been a developer’s delight for many reasons.
Flutter is amongst the topmost and powerful frameworks as compared to its peers. Developers are very happy with Flutter and find it interesting, easy and fruitful.
Though relatively new to its peers, Flutter hasn’t left any stone unturned in proving its worth and popularity in a short span of time. Being extensible in nature, Flutter – the novel UI toolkit, has made the task of developing hybrid apps, simpler and secure. Organizations, worldwide, even startups are excited about unleashing the potential of Flutter.
Let us have a glancing look at what is the history of Flutter and how does it benefit using Flutter:
Flutter – An Overview & Advantages
- Earlier called as Sky, in 2015
- Launched by Google in 2017
- Latest release – Flutter 1.13 in Dec 2019, which has been quite promising
- Written in C, C++, Dart
- Flutter for mobile and web available; Flutter for desktop and embedded devices will come soon
- Framework consists of –
- Dart – the fundamental programming language
- Flutter Engine – the rendering support layer
- Foundation Library – offering basic classes and functions for the app
- Widgets – Visual blocks of the app
Flutter has been on the wish list of every developer, thanks to its competency to develop for multiple platforms – the mobile, the web, the desktop and embedded, with minimal code change. It has managed to give its competent peers – React Native and Ionic, quite a tough competition.
The Key USP of Flutter is that its framework can seamlessly connect with the native components of the platform and hence any mobile app made in Flutter, will always have the native feel associated with it. Flutter is an ideal choice whenever there is MVP development to design quick and launch fast.
Here are highly evident benefits, that Flutter offers, making it one of the most desirable SDK globally:
- The navigational components and API are easy to use, understand and implement
- It has a faster compilation time owing to its hot reload feature
- Cuts down the testing cycle time by half, by reusing the test cases
- Offers a lot of reusable components across OS and the mobile / web
- Has a wide knowledge sharing user community base to support
- Easy integration with third party tools like Firebase, Dart, Outbrain, Razorpay, Taboola etc.
- Has a communicative and adaptable user interface
- Offers fast prototyping and has a single codebase
- Lightweight components with a superior performance
- Easy scalability of app resources
Top Applications / Companies Using Flutter
A quick list of 32 popular Applications / Companies using Flutter:
- Google Ads
- Hamilton Musical
- Coach Yourself
- SpaceX Go!
- SG BusTracker
- Google Greentea
- Birch Finance
- Dream 11
- Weight Tracker
- The New York Times
- Platypus Crypto
- Google Assistant
- My Leaf
A great app designed and developed with Flutter, is the Google Ads app. It has been a popular online advertising platform, assisting clients to showcase their advertising campaigns, videos, product features, etc. without any hassle. Businesses have been garnering increased RoI and growth owing to this app.
Manageable through the mobile device, this wonderfully designed app empowers users to manage and monitor the performance of the advertisement, view status, avail alerts and messages, call the helpline and get appropriate feedback.
Since Google is the backbone behind both – Flutter and Google Ads, there is a lot of synergies generated in the app technically. Flutter’s technical competencies have been leveraged in a big way, through this app.
A big name in the eCommerce market, numerous downloads during a day, Alibaba has built its application with the Flutter technology. Developers at the organization have been smitten by the features of Flutter – its flawless UI / UX, saving on time and efforts, easy upkeep and more.
Owing to the Flutter framework’s ability to boost big sized eCommerce transactions, Alibaba has been competent to encourage the increasing number of global transactions in the marketplace. It empowers its users to purchase products from global suppliers.
A popular name in the world of Broadway musical, Hamilton has its app done with Flutter. The mobile app by Flutter, helps fans stay in touch with the latest happenings, music-based news, videos, and tour schedules, purchase merchandise and participate in Hamilton lotteries contest, etc.
There are special features supported in this app – the Karaoke system, that facilitates users to sing their favorite songs, through the app. Thanks to Flutter, it has been giving a great experience to the fans of Hamilton.
Made with Flutter as the backbone, Reflectly is an AI-based lifestyle application that empowers users to make their own personal journal. It poses a different set of questions to the user daily, to understand their daily life, their stress levels, negative thoughts, and inhibitions.
It helps its users in writing about how and what they feel and deal with their mental health. This app helps in garnering in-depth know-how about your own state of mental being and how best to cope up with that. There is an alluring dashboard available that offers a detailed look and thanks to Flutter, it has a seamless integration of the latest technologies like ML, NLP, etc.
Being health, fitness and meditation app, Coach Yourself is an application that shows how Flutter can diversely contribute to industries, far and wide. This app focusses on the personal development and well-being of its users.
It facilitates users to perform meditation thereby, enhancing their minds, mental health, and positivity.
Hookle’s mobile app has been designed and developed with Flutter. As a popular social media platform, it lets its users manage and monitor their accounts with a unified dashboard. It is easy for users to watch their activities happening in various mechanisms and thereby, easily manage their social media posts.
This exciting app helps in rolling out your posts to diverse social media platforms with an equal amount of focus on what is happening in those portals.
Watermaniac is a water tracking application, that is lightweight in nature, thanks to Flutter. It helps users watch on their daily water consumption. Users can come up with regular goals, watch their history and get needed alerts for their next consumption.
Because of Flutter, developers find it easy to maintain this app and update it, as needed. This app encourages users to use their mobile device as a tracker, that sees how much water consumption has been done by the users during the day, enabling them to ensure a perfect health balance.
This app is focused on Tesla’s space unit. It offers all needed data on the history of events and the ones to come, details of vehicles, ships and all about Tesla. It has a clutter-free, clear and niche design that is simple to navigate and a pleasure to the eyes of the users.
SpaceX Go has been able to achieve these features owing to Flutter’s implementation and its set of features that are meant to offer a great user experience.
As a supporting app to Instagram – the social media giant, PostMuse has been offering its users, a variety of templates to edit stories. Users can avail full freedom to showcase their creativity in customizing their stories, with different frames, typography, etc.
Flutter has been instrumental in designing and developing PostMuse with a restricted number of resources and empowering it to make way to the marketplace immediately after it got developed. The perfect usability and design of the app are all thanks to Flutter and its salient features.
Monitoring and tracking the latest information on over 1600 global cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ripple, Dogecoin, Ethereum, etc. is what this app does, the best. Empowered with Flutter, the Cryptograph mobile app offers real-time information as exchange rate charts and thereby, empowers its users to watch the price movement history of their wanted cryptocurrency.
Implemented as a navigation app, SG BusTracker helps travelers to garner real-time information about buses, their arrival time, their stops nearby, etc. With Flutter’s positive features, this bus monitoring app has been facilitating its users with bus schedules from different sources and its seat availability therein.
Based on the bitcoin market, this portfolio management app helps users manage and maintain their cryptocurrency investment portfolio, which includes different cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin, etc.
This app shows details like real-time coin prices, detailed reports/charts for a better investment. Because of these happening features, it is quite in demand and needs a proper build, which has been managed well by Flutter.
An internal app leveraged by the sales department at Google, Google Greentea is a customer management app that offers an alluring visual effect to monitor sales targets. This app has been powered by Google utilizing the Flutter component family.
It is an enterprise app platform for popular names like McDonalds’, Stanford etc. It empowers these organizations to utilize business app functions like audits, data collection, business workflow with the help of already existing enterprise information.
With the help of Flutter, it also handles many aspects such as user authentication, security, performance, and third-party integration.
As a credit card management portal, Birch Finance has been helping users keep a track of their reward points, analyze them, watch their expense sheet and redeem their reward points, as and when they can.
This Flutter empowered app has been assisting users to manage their finances easily, including optimization of existing credit cards, that they have.
A known app in the world of cricket loves, Dream 11 has been using Flutter through its UI and customizable widgets. This app works beautifully because of these widgets that are depending on material design and are flexible to be used for both OS – Android, and iOS.
As a popular app in India, users play a variety of sports and has been a popular name for sports freaks.
TopLine helps music enthusiasts to sing and record their own voice in their own way. Users can prepare and manage their own bundle of songs through different parameters like lyrics, tags, etc. These songs can even be exported to different mediums.
This app showcases the beauty of using Flutter, its features, and its robustness.
It is an app showcasing movie timings for Finnkino, Finland’s large cinema chain. This app has been built using Flutter along with other technologies like progressive web apps and is considered a multi-platform Dart project.
InKino facilitates users to clearly go through the list of movies – current and upcoming, purchase tickets, watch movie reviews and trailers etc.
As the name suggests, Weight Tracker is an important app for users who wish to watch on their weight. Based on the Flutter framework, this app helps users to watch their progress and helps them reach their target weight.
KlasterMe is a popular content sharing platform, developed using Flutter. This app is made to globally create, share and reveal different types of content – images, articles, videos, photos, contests, polls, blogs, etc. It showcases a simple, sophisticated and usable design that will be well-liked by users.
As a real estate application to help users search for their dream home, Realtor.com has been doing a good job at it. With the help of Flutter, this app can send notifications when houses are on sale, any new construction is coming up in the real estate arena.
As a popular Chinese conglomerate, Tencent has been specializing in various Internet-related services. They have been using Flutter in many of their apps like Mr. Translator, QiDian, AITeacher, to name a few.
The New York Times
The New York Times needs no introduction. The well-liked Ken Ken puzzle on the mobile and web forum of the New York Times is supported by Flutter and has been giving a very enjoyable experience to its users on different OS like Android, Windows, iOS, Mac and the web too.
As a flight monitoring app, FlyDirekt has been targeting frequent travelers and digitally associated users. It is developed using Flutter and users are free to search for direct flights anywhere in the world.
It also gives an availability indication for the chosen trip. The user interface and experience have been well appreciated by its users.
A cross-platform cryptocurrency tracker app, Platypus Crypto has been leveraging the potential of Flutter. It is a robust solution to check the current prices, market caps and % change over time.
It helps users monitor the cryptocurrencies on the go. There is the availability of a week’s graphical information that can help users watch the trend move by.
Designed and developed using Flutter, You is an app for yourself – collect and download your own data from different social media handles like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, etc. This app checks your data online and helps with different features like remote controlling your mobile, locating your mobile, live demo, remote deletion of data, etc.
It is a useful application for users who are preparing for interviews. It has different brain exercises, questions and answers split into multiple categories, to make things easier.
Built with Flutter, Toughest offers a great way for users to get acquainted with the most common set of questions.
This is a fitness app that is used to connect athletes with sports coaches/centers. Developed with Flutter, it helps users search for the nearest training place.
As a sports app, EntrenaPro helps coaches and athletes schedule their sports sessions, as per their convenience.
Many of Google Assistant apps have been leveraging the power of Flutter. Flutter for mobile, web, embedded and desktop has been used in multiple apps. Since Flutter and Google Assistant belongs to the same family – Google, there has been a lot of synchronization between them.
It is a free, third-party application for the management of the Nissan Leaf car. Built with Flutter, My Leaf can help car owners check the current battery status with a remote charging facility, observe the climate control state of your car and get the last location of your car.
As an official wallet to the Banano cryptocurrency, the easy-to-use Kalium app has been serving a large-sized community. Its Flutter driven features to showcase biometric authentication, secure pin, real-time alerts and notifications, contact management with address book, multiple currency conversions, etc.
This app is from Kompas Gramedia group which is one of the largest media houses in Indonesia. It is a rewards-based application that helps its clients to visit and avail of different attractive offers.
With Flutter as its backbone, MyValue uses the value points system to exchange its value and use it in different ways – discounts on food and clothes discounted hotel prices and books, etc.
Most of these Flutter driven applications are available on GitHub or Google Play Store or relevant play stores/marketplaces.
On a Parting Note
Developers are fluttering their skills with Flutter – the popular, cutting-edge hybrid app development platform, powered by none other than Google. The list of applications made in Flutter, is bound to increase at a rapid pace. Newer apps and organizations will add themselves up, as the latest technological boom, thanks to Flutter.
Wait till Flutter surpasses all its peers, in terms of ownership, performance, results and business advantages?