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Do you know Flutter is officially the most popular cross-platform development framework used across the globe? And Statista confirms the fact that Flutter has surpassed React Native by 4%. This data does not surprise me as the Flutter team has gone through extensive planning to set goals and objectives for 2022.
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Recently, the Flutter team announced that as an open-source project, Flutter will continue to focus on making strategic plans with better transparency & clarity. For the same, they have come up with some guiding principles to invest in improving the future direction for 2022,
Today, I am here to talk about what the Flutter team has decided to go ahead and plan a roadmap for its future. But before we get into those, let me give you an overview of Flutter in 2022.
The cross-platform development industry has seen massive growth after the release of the Flutter framework. Before that, developers were hampered by sub-quality tools that made the iterative development hard and pushed them to trade off productivity with quality.
Contrary to that, Flutter is believed to be the better alternative as it’s a fast, productive, and beautiful UI development kit to create varied app experiences.
The same is reflected in the market share report shared earlier where Flutter not only overthrew React Native as a popular toolkit for cross-platform development but is also used for developing nearly 500,000 apps. However, the team is not going to rest here as they plan to build the most popular UI toolkit with top-notch quality & productivity.
For the same, they are ready to extend their leadership in other development areas to become a portable framework. They will emphasize not only on mobile development but also across web and desktop. The team has a defined strategy and objective to grow the monthly active users. Let’s see how they plan to do so:
Here are some key areas of focus for flutter in 2022:
Flutter is based on Dart so, working with it is not mandatory for developers but a voluntary choice. For instance, Swift & Kotlin are default solutions to work with iOS and Android respectively.
Programmers can choose to work with Flutter only if they want to, that too when the experience of using it is above average, which isn’t provided by default systems. The team is focused on establishing developer experience as a fundamental value that gives them an edge over others.
Here’s how Flutter plans to improve the developer experience:
With slow but steady improvement, Flutter will introduce high-quality support for multiple platforms such as desktop (Windows, macOS, and Linux), web, and mobile. They have a plan in motion to leverage the popularity of web development.
This is because the team has realized the potential growth millions of developers of web & desktop can bring in. However, this does not mean they have scraped the plans for mobile growth. They still want to invest in growing the mobile developer base, which is large and growing fast.
Let’s see how their plans can come to fruition:
Flutter for Desktop in 2022
There’s a big growth opportunity for Flutter for desktop in 2022. They have a plan to bring desktop support to a stable channel. Starting from Windows, Flutter will announce support for macOS and Linux one after the other whenever they become ready.
As promised back in 2019 and after seeing the evidence and initial success, the team is all set to make good on their promise and deliver the same quality experience. And contributors like Canonical plan to aid the Flutter team to complete support for Linux and broaden the desktop ecosystem.
Flutter for Web in 2022
In regards to the web, the team offered the first stable release for web support in 2021. However, it’s too early for them to predict the course or the success of the same. Still, the team is adamant about offering greater value compared to conventional DOM frameworks.
Flutter’s main focus areas in 2022 for web support will include improving accessibility, performance, plugin quality, and consistency across browsers.
Flutter’s plans to improve fidelity across platforms and bring Material 3 support. They intend to implement a cross-text selection widget to achieve higher fidelity for the web and other platforms.
Further, Dart will continue to have innovation in 2022 as the team plans to introduce a major upgrade that can include static metaprogramming. Also, it’ll include some minor fixes such as improving import syntax for packages, extending the compilation toolchain to support compiling Wasm, and others.
In addition to doing all of the other things said above, the Flutter team wants to solidify the security fundamentals. This will allow the team to safeguard it against any security vulnerability or other issues. For the same, the team is working hard to build better infrastructure.
However, with increasing demand, it has become hard for Flutter to strengthen its infrastructure. This is because of their plans to include support for web and desktop along with new hardware such as the Apple M1 chip.
Also, there are incidents where other open-source technologies have been compromised. And Flutter’s popularity has risen to a massive level, it’s on the radar. Thus, one of their key areas of focus will be to improve security standards in 2022.
Flutter has also planned to drop support for 32-bit iOS in 2022. As per Flutter’s standard support requirements and report of Apple iOS version usage, support for iOS 9.3.6 would officially move to the “Best Effort” tier. This means that the minimum iOS version in the supported tier would only be iOS 14, which translates to dropping support for 32-bit iOS devices.
From the looks of it, what Flutter has planned looks intriguing and exciting at the same time. The only thing that remains is how well and successful they become in executing this strategic roadmap for 2022. They do have plans to invest in scaling their UI toolkit to cover all screen sizes and form factors.