|Flutter Takes Off|
|Written by Mike James|
|Wednesday, 29 April 2020|
No Google I/O this year, but that doesn't mean that there isn't anything to announce. Yes, I tried for a witty title to let you know that Google's Flutter now claims to have 2 million users. The question is why?
Why do I say that this was unnecessary?
Flutter isn't native and at the moment I judge it as still under-provided with nice toys to play with. And yet we have a new blog post which annouces:
We continue to see fast growth in Flutter usage, with over two million developers having used Flutter in the sixteen months since we released. Despite these unprecedented circumstances, in March we saw 10% month-over-month growth, with nearly half a million developers now using Flutter each month.
To put this into context, it is estimated that there are around 25 million developers in the world and roughly 6 million Android developers v 3 million iOS devs. This makes 2 million users look reasonably impressive.
What is everyone doing with Flutter? Well, it is claimed that:
There are approximately 50,000 Flutter apps published in the Play Store, with nearly 10,000 uploaded in the last month alone.
I have to admit to being surprised. It is also claimed that Flutter is growing more important among enterprise devs:
"One recent example is Nubank, the largest digital bank outside Asia with over 20 million customers. After conducting a detailed investigation and analysis of their choices for app development, Nubank selected Flutter and have since been able to unify their front-end development team on a single framework, enabling them to ship new features simultaneously on both iOS and Android."
I've read the study and you need to know that they compared Flutter with React Native and Kotlin Native rather than more mature frameworks like Cordova or Xamarin. I think all three that they considered are a bit young to rely on.
The rest of the blog post goes on to explain how the Flutter team is rationalizing its release schedule and tying it in with Dart.
There you have it. Flutter has taken off - I'm not at all sure why.
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|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 April 2020 )|