At the ongoing MWC 2018, Google has just announced Flutter beta 1, the search engine giant’s mobile UI framework and the first of its kind.
According to a new report from TechCrunch, the maker of the Android mobile operating software said it’s releasing the open-source Flutter into a wider beta test.
The purpose of Flutter is to give developers a faster way to create native mobile apps — in particular the user interfaces for the apps — which can take more time to create on individual iOS and Android app toolkits. Flutter lets developers build applications with platform-specific features and access core hardware features on Android and iOS.
Flutter is an open-source technology, so it already has a package library. Google says there are already more than 1000 third-party modules for Flutter that developers can use right away with their apps, including things like Firebase, and GraphQL.
In addition to the third-party packages, Flutter comes pre-packed with some built-in widgets and components that will further speed up the development of apps.
With an entry into beta, Flutter is quickly becoming a big deal at Google. We’ll certainly hear more about it at Google I/O 2018, where there are already several talks scheduled to get developers up and running on the new SDK.