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Using Flutter as a Xamarin Replacement

As of 1st May 2024, support for all Xamarin software development kits (SDKs) – including Xamarin. Forms – will cease. Where does this leave you?

Flutter, the ideal way forward with app development.

With Xamarin as we know it is retiring, many will start to ask where does that leave us? Well, there are no new APIs planned and Xamarin.Forms projects will be migrated to .NET MAUI, while project types currently using Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Mac must be upgraded to .NET SDK-style projects for continued Microsoft support.

If you’re a Xamarin developer or a business using Xamarin for your app development, you might have been wondering about the benefits of the framework evolution to .NET MAUI, whether it’s going to solve any of your niggling Xamarin inefficiencies or perhaps whether it’s time to make the move to Flutter for your next project.

Both rapid and cost-effective, Flutters’ cutting-edge development features enable us to experiment quickly, build UIs, add features and fix bugs faster. Read on to understand the rich features of using Flutter for your mobile app.

The benefits of moving to Flutter

Enhanced Development Speed

Flutter’s hot reload feature allows real-time code changes, significantly speeding up the development process, reducing iteration time, and enhancing productivity.

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Consistent User Interface

Flutter’s widget system ensures consistent and stunning user interfaces across different platforms, providing a seamless and engaging user experience.



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Single Codebase

Flutter enables developers to maintain a single codebase for both iOS and Android apps, reducing development efforts, saving time and ensuring easier maintenance.




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Rich Set of Customisation Options

Flutter provides extensive customisation options, allowing developers to create highly tailored and platform-specific UI designs, meeting the app’s specific needs.





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Vibrant Community and Resources

Web support for Flutter enables existing mobile-based applications to be packaged Flutter boasts an active and growing community, offering an abundance of open-source packages, plugins, and supportive resources – streamlining problem-solving and bolstering development capabilities.

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Cost-Effectiveness

Flutter’s open-source nature eliminates licensing costs. Plus,  the reduced development time and efforts contribute to a budget-friendly development solution for businesses.






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Our Industry Expertise

Our Technologies for Flutter Development

Flutter

Supporting material components and native widgets, Google’s SDK Flutter offers near-native performance on iOS and Android from a single codebase.

Dart

Underpinning our Flutter Development is Dart, a client-optimised language for fast apps on any platform.

AWS

We utilise Google’s Firebase platform to provide powerful back-end and data services for our mobile applications.

Our Flutter App Development Process

Foundation Sprint

Our comprehensive Discovery process turns business objectives, user profiles, and commercial models into functional specifications and prototypes. We use this information to define success metrics and target users, alongside guiding both technical and product decisions. This ensures your Flutter app is built on solid foundations.

Solution Sprint

The Solution Sprint is where we work out the details of the product: What does it look like, how does it make your users’ lives easier, and who are the stakeholders that should be involved in working on this solution. Once we have mapped out your users, their problems and the high-level concept for your product, we will use this sprint to build process maps, clickable wireframes and refine your product backlog.

Delivery Sprint

Building products users love is an iterative process. Delivery is where we move onto the ongoing delivery of the product, working in 2-week sprints to deliver against the agreed initial priority items within the backlog. Following dual-track Agile principles, the product team will continue to refine the product and backlog as the delivery of the solution begins. This allows us to consistently incorporate user and stakeholder feedback to continuously evolve your product for the better.

Deployment Sprint

Stable. Seamless. Secure. These three things are essential when it comes to deploying software and applications. The Deployment Sprint is where we coordinate a release across several teams and systems and ensure that it is successful. The goal of the deployment sprint is to ensure that we can run the correct processes across development, staging and production environments with an agreed handover process. This ensures that we’re deploying secure code and have a tightly controlled rollout.

Why Choose hedgehog lab?

We take Flutter app development seriously. If you are just getting started and looking for a partner to plan and build with? Is your platform growing, and you need a larger and more capable agency to stabilise and scale? Or do you have a super successful platform that needs a new partner to maintain and enhance?

Working with hedgehog lab you will be in great company…

” Their dedication to building a relationship with us has been very impressive.”

Product Manager, CPP Group Ltd

We Have The Best Agency Practices

We’re Committed Partners

Our team are never satisfied with delivering the bare minimum against a brief. That just doesn’t cut it for us. We take the time to work with you to plan and develop sustainable, long-term solutions that deliver real, measurable results.

Cross-Industry Expertise

From innovative start-ups to large, established household names, our team has worked globally across some of the most exciting and advanced industries. We’ve seen first-hand what it takes to build the best web applications on the market and are happy to share our insider secrets to help you succeed.

Built to Scale With You

Building a development team is hard. We’ve experienced it first hand and have used our expertise to build and grow one of the best development teams in the UK. Whatever your requirements, our team can deliver projects at any scale and with a varied mixture of popular development stacks.

Obsessed With Metrics

We approach projects by goals and objectives, not purely by features. This ensures your roadmap is always focused on moving the needle and pushing your business forward where it counts.

Flexible Resourcing

With expertise and capacity across product, development, and delivery, we can adjust our offering to fit your needs like a jigsaw. We typically get the best outcomes for our clients when we own the entire project end-to-end.

Putting Users First

We minimise business risk by putting the end-user at the centre of everything we do. This allows us to validate hypotheses quickly and early in our process and obtain valuable information that influences the product direction for the better.

Let’s Take The Next Step

As one of the first 13 companies to be listed on Google’s Flutter directory, we are recognised for our Flutter experience and have currently used the framework to successfully deliver 7 mobile apps: Award-winning Dodl by AJ Bell, Misthos, Warburtons, Great Rail Journeys, Brawn, 52North and Railguard.

Through our unique perspectives and in-depth Discovery process, we can support your business to thoroughly evaluate project requirements and ensure you’re equipped with the most suitable tools to create exceptional, high-performing applications that cater to the demands of today’s competitive digital market. 

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