Flutter and Feature Flags: A Powerful Combination for Faster Mobile Development
Modern development teams using Flutter already know the power of convenience and simplicity when it comes to development processes. Flutter is an open source SDK that allows mobile teams to build high performance applications for both iOS and Android, simultaneously.
Thus, Flutter boosts developer productivity while addressing a major gap for mobile development teams. Building a native application for only iOS (or only Android) severely limits the reach of your platform and its potential market. But without Flutter, the only way to develop both an iOS and Android application is to have two separate development teams and codebases for each.
Flutter allows mobile teams to develop iOS and Android applications in a single codebase, simplifying their work and tech stack. DevCycle’s Flutter SDK makes this convenience and simplification even more powerful. Now, teams using Flutter can take full advantage of DevCycle’s feature flags for an even faster release process, more precise feature targeting, and feature experimentation.
To understand the power of Flutter and feature flags, we must first understand how feature flags benefit a development workflow. Feature flagging is a technique that gives developers utmost control of their feature releases at every level, while also speeding up the development process. They allow developers to turn features on and off in a live environment, test features with real users to measure the impact of their changes, and provide a way to roll back changes if needed. Feature flags are used to control the rollout of new features and to enable/disable features in production. They can also be used to A/B test and personalize experiences for different users so that you can control exactly who sees your features, and when.
Giving this level of control to developers allows them to release more frequently, because they can release with confidence knowing that if something goes wrong, they can simply turn a feature off and users will revert to their original UI. With feature flags, teams no longer have to wait for large, end of month feature releases that cause post-release anxiety knowing that there’s likely a bug (or 5). Feature flags allow your dev team to make incremental changes to code on a regular basis (multiple times per day!)
Flutter + Feature Flags: a powerful combination of simplicity and convenience
It’s no question that pairing flutter with feature flags is a game changer for mobile development teams, then. Going from having two separate teams working on two separate codebases to being able to test and release features to both iOS and Android users in a single codebase is a revolutionary improvement to mobile development.
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Already have an account? For more information on how to get started with DevCycle’s Flutter SDK, visit our docs: https://docs.devcycle.com/docs/sdk/client-side-sdks/flutter, or check out this article.