Unpacking the Benefits: Why We Chose Flutter for Mobile App Development

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Unpacking the Benefits:
Why We Chose Flutter for Mobile App Development?

As the old Chinese saying goes, “如有必要,无论是否破坏,都不要改变” (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). But as a tech company, we prefer to live on the edge and embrace chaos. Who needs stability and predictability when you can have shiny new tech and the latest gadgets? Okay, we’re joking (sort of). While we do appreciate the wisdom in the old adage, sometimes change can be a good thing – especially in app development. So, with all due respect to our Chinese-speaking friends, we’ve decided to take a leap of faith and try something new. Enter: Flutter.

Published April 1, 2023

Karma is an AI shopping assistant that helps users shop and pay better while saving them money.
We are a global fintech company with over 4.5 million users worldwide. We are committed to providing our users with innovative and user-friendly financial solutions that meet their needs. As part of our mobile app development strategy, we recently switched from Xamarin to Flutter.

Starting a project from scratch after a long period can be beneficial for three main reasons: accumulated technical debt, outdated technology, and improved structure and design. Technical debt may accumulate over time, making it more cost-effective to start fresh. Outdated technology can make it difficult to maintain or improve the project. A new project can also allow developers to reevaluate the project’s structure and design, leading to a more organized and maintainable application.

Flutter’s main advantage over other mobile app development frameworks like React Native and Xamarin is its ability to create high-performance, cross-platform applications that can run on both iOS and Android devices. This is achieved through Flutter’s use of Dart, a modern programming language designed by Google. Dart’s unique just-in-time (JIT) compilation allows developers to quickly build and test their apps, while the ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation produces native machine code for better performance.

In addition, Flutter’s robust community and third-party packages make it easier for developers to build complex features quickly. Flutter’s community actively maintains many packages and plugins, ensuring that they are up-to-date and compatible with the latest version of Flutter. This vast collection of third-party packages and plugins saves developers time and effort, making it easier to build complex features without having to write code from scratch. The community also provides extensive documentation, tutorials, and sample code that help developers get started with Flutter quickly. With Flutter’s active community and growing popularity, developers have access to a wide range of resources that can help them build high-performance, cross-platform apps quickly and efficiently. The community’s contributions also help to ensure that Flutter remains up-to-date and relevant, making it a viable long-term solution for mobile app development.

In short, Flutter is a game-changer in the mobile app development world. Its unique features, robust community, and ability to build cross-platform applications with exceptional performance make it the future of mobile app development from a developer’s perspective. Flutter’s extensive widget library, customizable UI, and hot reload feature make it easy to develop complex and high-performance applications quickly and efficiently. Its active community also ensures that developers have access to a wide range of third-party packages and plugins, saving time and effort during development. With Flutter’s growing popularity and developer-friendly features, it’s no surprise that it’s quickly becoming the preferred choice for mobile app development and for Karma.

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