How Flutter cuts app development time in half


Jun 22, 2023

Hi there! Today I'd like to talk about why we at Nyoka chose Flutter for mobile app development. After ten years in the technology world, we know firsthand about the evolution of app development. The traditional approach to app development was challenging, often requiring fluency in multiple languages, mastery of different frameworks, and management of separate codebases for different platforms. However, our introduction to Flutter completely changed the game.

We'll share with you how Flutter has changed our development process at Nyoka, cutting application development time in half, and why we continue to choose it for our projects. We'll go through the journey of discovering Flutter, understanding its benefits, and implementing it in our projects. We'll also discuss its distinctive features, such as hot reloading and cross-platform capabilities, and give a real-life example of a project converted with Flutter.

Our path to the application of Flutter

Finding the right development tool is a familiar story for any app developer. In our case, this journey was marked by the search for a solution that could meet our rapidly evolving needs in a scalable and efficient way. At the time, the market was dominated by the traditional giants of native development, iOS and Android, as well as emerging cross-platform technologies such as React Native. Among them, we were more attracted to such a development tool as Flutter.

We were approached by many companies, many of which required simultaneous development for iOS and Android. The traditional way would have been to maintain separate code bases for the two platforms, but that approach was resource-intensive and time-consuming. Besides, we often faced the problem of achieving stable performance and smooth transition on different devices.

In this context, Flutter emerged as an interesting proposition. Here's why:

  • Single Codebase: Flutter's promise of a single codebase for creating apps across multiple platforms was a game-changer. It not only meant a unified development process but also the potential to dramatically cut down on development time and resources. 

  • High-Performance Rendering Engine: Flutter's rendering engine, the Impeller, offered a solution to our UI challenges. It guaranteed smooth transitions and high-quality animations across all devices. Moreover, it eliminated the issue of framerate jitter, a common problem with many other platforms. This meant we could deliver a superior user experience across all devices, a key factor in the success of any app.

As we delved deeper into Flutter, we found that we found growth opportunities for ourselves and our clients:

Case Study: Mobile app for self-management diabetes: This project showcased how Flutter could save significant time and resources. By adopting Flutter, the development team managed to save over 40% of the time and budget initially planned for the project. The ability to create a high-quality app for both iOS and Android from a single codebase was a significant factor in these savings.

Case Study: Beauty Store Chain Mobile App: This case demonstrated Flutter's versatility. The project involved creating a feature-rich online shop for a large beauty store chain. Flutter was instrumental in delivering a smooth and engaging user experience, complete with features like smart search, personal recommendations, and multiple delivery options. Notably, Flutter's flexibility enabled the team to incorporate unique designs for certain brands via a web view, without disrupting the overall user experience.

These cases using Flutter prove its effectiveness. The promise of a single codebase and a high-performance rendering engine set it apart from others. But it was our proven experience with successful projects that finally convinced us. The choice is clear: Flutter is the toolkit we've been looking for, a tool that will not only meet our current needs, but also scale with us as we grow. 

Understanding Flutter and its Advantages

Since its inception, Flutter has proven to be an exciting revelation in the world of mobile app development. Its powerful features and the flexibility it provides have not only transformed how developers approach cross-platform development, but they have also changed the landscape of mobile app experiences for end-users. As Flutter has evolved, it's only grown stronger, better, and more influential in shaping the future of app development. Let's delve into the many advantages that Flutter brings to the table:

  1. Single Codebase, Multiple Platforms: One of Flutter's most significant advancements over time has been its ability to facilitate multi-platform development from a single codebase. This feature, which was already impressive at its inception, has matured over time, becoming more robust and efficient. It has simplified the development process, eliminating the need to write separate code for iOS and Android, saving time, and ensuring a consistent app experience across platforms.

  1. Superior UI and UX: Flutter's commitment to delivering a high-quality user experience is evident in its evolution. It has continuously improved its UI toolkit to provide developers with the tools they need to create visually appealing and highly interactive apps. Its Impeller rendering engine has been refined over time, ensuring smooth transitions, excellent quality animations, and a consistent frame rate for superior app performance.

  1. Design Flexibility: With its ability to integrate seamlessly with other platforms through components like web view, Flutter has broken down barriers to design implementation. It has evolved to allow developers to 'pull up' sections from a website, facilitating unique designs and regular design updates without disrupting the user experience. This flexibility is a testament to Flutter's forward-thinking approach and its commitment to meeting diverse design needs.

  1. A Wealth of Features: Flutter's evolution has seen the addition of a plethora of features that enhance its usability and functionality. From sophisticated search algorithms to complex loyalty program integrations, Flutter has proven itself capable of handling demanding feature sets. Moreover, it's become more straightforward to integrate Flutter apps with other platforms and services, unlocking new possibilities for personalized suggestions, push notifications, and more.

  2. Efficiency and Performance: Over the years, Flutter has fine-tuned its efficiency and performance. It has become faster, more reliable, and more resource-efficient, making it an even more attractive option for developers looking to deliver high-quality apps quickly.

In essence, Flutter's growth and evolution have only served to solidify its position as a go-to solution for app development. It has perfected its advantages and continues to improve, bringing about exciting innovations in the mobile app landscape. With Flutter, the future of app development looks bright, and we, at Nyoka, are excited to be part of this journey.

The Game-Changer: Flutter's Hot Reload

Among all of Flutter's features, one that truly stood out and changed the way we worked was the Hot Reload. This powerful feature enables developers to instantly see the effect of changes in the code, promoting faster bug fixes, feature additions, and UI building.

Our experience with Hot Reload was nothing short of revolutionary. It accelerated our development process by allowing rapid iterations. Instances where code changes had to be checked became significantly quicker, contributing to our efficiency and productivity.

Cross-Platform Development with Flutter

To illustrate the impact of Flutter, I'll talk about our experience working on a specific project at Nyoka. The project involved creating a diabetes self-management application with advanced features such as real-time notifications, group chats, advanced analytics, and video conferencing.

Flutter not only simplified the development process, but also significantly reduced development time. When compared to similar features developed without Flutter, the difference was obvious. Flutter's single codebase, hot reloading, ability to create aesthetically pleasing user interfaces and fast animations greatly reduced development time.

Flutter allowed us to effectively meet all of these requirements.

In conclusion, we at Nyoka have been influenced by Flutter, and our experience has shown that it is more than capable of changing the mobile app development process. The benefits it brings are unprecedented, both in terms of developer experience and end-user experience.

However, don't take our word for it. We encourage you to discover Flutter's potential on your own. If you're an app developer, explore its features and capabilities. If you're a business owner in need of a high-quality application, consider a solution created with Flutter.

At Nyoka, we're ready to bring your ideas to life with this advanced technology. Let's take advantage of Flutter's cross-platform capabilities, superior user interface toolset, and powerful hot reload feature to create the next great mobile app. The time for transformative app development is now - and Flutter is leading the way.

So, are you ready to revolutionize your mobile app development process and create dynamic, high-performance apps? Get in touch with us at Nyoka. Let us not only meet your expectations, but exceed them!

Viktoria Azarova

COO (Chief Operating Officer)

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