Google is taking on Microsoft’s Xamarin with Flutter, a new UI toolkit
Developers now have a new weapon from Google in their virtual arsenal to more easily design apps for both Apple iOS and Android.
On Tuesday, Google announced it would launch Flutter 1.0, a new toolkit for app developers.
Developers can use Flutter to design the interface for apps that can run on both iPhone and Android, including graphics, animations, and sounds. Flutter has been in beta for 10 months, but now it's being released to the public. However, even in its beta state, companies like CapitalOne have already used Flutter to build their apps for customers.
"Flutter enables you to build beautiful apps," Tim Sneath, Group Product Manager for Flutter, wrote in a blog post released on Tuesday. "We want to enable designers to deliver their full creative vision without being forced to water it down due to limitations of the underlying framework."
It's also released as open source, which means that people can download and use the code however they want for free. So far, it includes contributions from hundreds of developers worldwide, who all volunteered their time and expertise to get Flutter to that version 1.0 milestone.
Flutter is similar, conceptually, to Microsoft's Xamarin, a startup that allows programmers to develop apps for mobile and desktop and run it on...