Are you reading this on your cell phone? Odds are it's based on Android. In 2017, Google told the world that the total number of monthly Android users was 2 billion. Moreover, they download an aggregate of 82 billion mobile applications every year. By September 2018, Android is the overwhelming mobile development framework, controlling around 76% of smartphones and 30% of tablets around the world. Most people prefer Android because of its user-friendliness and how it is ubiquitous. Established as an open-source software stack, Android takes into consideration absolute customization of equipment and programming decisions, empowering the most imaginative software designers to come up with applications, gadgets, and services with the assistance of a lively network. Nevertheless, good things eventually come to an end. And in this case, Google is now working diligently towards building an even better Android's replacement. This isn’t because users are tired of using it. Clearly, it has a loyalty rate of 91%, beating its closest rival Apple’s iOS easily. Rather, Google is looking towards a future that is driven by the smartphone as well as a whole network of connected devices. But what does this revolutionizing platform have to do with Google Flutter? Well, if you’re a developer, you should know that if you haven’t gained some experience in Flutter already, you will need it very soon. Why? Because to develop apps on this very-soon-coming Android’s replacement, you will need to learn to work on Google Flutter. What is this “replacement” called, anyway?

Brace Yourselves for Google Fuchsia!

At the time when we were all worried about our data being leaked by social media platforms, Google was quietly working on an amazingly new OS in 2016, called Fuchsia. Only recently, there was a revelation about Fuchsia being tested as bits of open source code, with the aim to make it an OS to power Android devices. Not just that, there are serious efforts being taken to make Fuchsia available for smart home devices and even laptops running on Chrome OS. This way, Google is all set to make this incredible innovation the powerhouse of all Google devices – existing and the ones in development phases. The reason behind building Fuchsia is the fact that while Android can perform most activities, it does not fundamentally support newer technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Moreover, Android does not have a uniform user interface and is unable to quickly adopt security updates. This has led to people using older and insecure versions of the OS. Fuchsia will have all these features fundamentally coded into it, thus making it smarter and more advanced. Google Fuchsia

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It is expected to be launched for smartphones by 2023. Now, while this might take some time to be embraced by end-users, as a developer, it is of utmost importance that you are well versed with the technology. For starters, you will have to work towards learning how to code on Fuchsia so as to make apps that would be compatible with this one-size-fits-all OS. But how would you learn to develop apps on technology that no-one knows anything about? Google Flutter.

Transforming the Mobile App Development World – Google Flutter

The best way to get your hands on Fuchsia development is to delve deep into Flutter, Google’s open-source cross-platform mobile app development framework. The reason why Flutter is rapidly making its way into mobile app development is that it lets you build native apps for both Android and iOS with only one single code. All this with no performance failure, better animations, and whatnot. Don’t believe me? Well, the fact that Flutter provides 60 frames per second (fps) performance and 120 fps for devices that are capable of 120Hz updates, should give you a fair idea of what it’s capable of doing. Transitioning to Fuchsia won’t seem so difficult once you’ve mastered Flutter. Here’s why Flutter is the ideal next-gen app development platform.
  • Flutter is powered by Dart

Dart is a language developed by Google and Flutter is based on it. It’s quite similar to Java in terms of its syntax. Apart from that, it is an incredibly different language altogether. Why is Dart better, you ask? Dart has this incomparable feature of supporting asynchronous operations and making it a whole lot easier. This helps when you would perform time-consuming operations like querying databases while developing Flutter applications. Dart makes it easy in the sense that your programs would never freeze till they’re complete because you will have the async and await to help execute your program without waiting for the longer operations to complete. For example, A program without asynchronous operations would look like this: without asynchronous operations/ without flutter code The output will be: without asynchronous output/output without google flutter code This is crazy! Nobody would like an app that freezes upon conducting long operations. Now let’s see what happens when we use async and await. with asynchronous operations/using flutter coding The output, now, will be: output using asynchronous operations Ta-da!
  • One Code for All

Writing various codes for various different platforms can be extremely time consuming and difficult, not to forget the importance of maintaining consistency. All things considered, that will not be the situation with Flutter, where you have to simply compose the code once, and you’re all set! This spares a great deal of time and assets that go into the development and testing of so many codes. Be that as it may, you have to at least test the final results on the various platforms independently while using Flutter as well. No wonder Google Ads and are already using Flutter!
  • Easy UI Development

I can tell from experience that backend developers dread UI development. Flutter makes it really simple. Flutter has widgets that can be combined together to create UI. Moreover, you have complete control over the look and feel of these widgets on the screen. For UI layouts, there are widgets like Row, Column, and Container. To align content, there are Text and RaisedButton. While these are the most commonly used ones, Flutter has many more to offer. Moreover, you can theme your app in a breeze by giving you ThemeData, with which you can set all values for fonts, colors, and aesthetics once and for all instead of manually changing them everywhere. Not just that, you can even hot reload your app to prevent restarting it every time there is a change in the UI code. You get to immediately see the changes you’ve made on the app.
  • Access to Numerous Libraries

There are a lot of libraries available for Flutter and Dart. Ads, new widgets, and whatnot! There’s a library for everything! If you want to create your own library, create it and share it with the Flutter community in an instant! Adding libraries to your code is easy. It can be done in a single line, e.g. Let’s say you want to add the sqflite library. Here’s how you do it. Flutter Numerous Libraries Now run flutter packages get and the library will automatically get added, thus saving a lot of time.
  • Easy Debugging

Code debugging couldn’t get any easier than with Dart Analyzer. Flutter Analyzer easily finds mistakes and uses type annotations to track errors while typing the code. This way, you save a lot of time while debugging. And if you choose to us Flutter enables IDE/editor, debugging will seem like a cakewalk.

Bottom Line

Flutter offers endless app development possibilities. You’ll easily fall in love with it because of its ease of use, simple UI development, and endless access to libraries. It indeed is the future of app development and learning how to develop apps on Flutter is only going to help you develop more advanced apps in the future. Start dedicating some time to Flutter development and in no time will you see opportunities knocking on your door.

About the Author

Sourabh Sharma
I am an entrepreneur doing multitasking at any given point of time. One of my niches is working as a professional Writer where I share my views and opinions. I am very honest, sincere, and up-front blogger and jot down my unbiased opinions. In general, I prefer to write without being argumentative or contradicting anyone. To bash intelligence into some brains I might sound aggressive which is not at all offending, right?

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