Google has revealed it is teaming up with Canonical to bring Linux desktop app support to Flutter, its cross-platform open-source UI framework.
Google says that 500,000 developers are currently using Flutter, built on its Dart programming language, each month, and that 80,000 apps built on the platform have been published to Google Play so far.
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First announced in December 2018 for iOS and Android apps, before expanding to the web, MacOS and Windows, Flutter has seen two million developers use the platform since its initial release.
Canonical is best known as the publisher of Ubuntu, the most popular Linux desktop client, and alpha support for Linux apps using Flutter is available from today.
The companies say that installing Flutter on Linux is a straightforward process, with the Flutter SDK for Linux available now as a snap in the Snap Store. There's no need to install a bunch of development dependencies; simply install the Flutter SDK snap and your favorite IDE and you're ready to go.
Developers will then be able to publish their app’s snap directly onto Canonical’s own online Snap Store.
"Google’s goal for Flutter has always been to provide a portable framework for building beautiful UIs that run at native speeds no matter what platform you target," a blog post written by Google's Chris Sells and Canonical's Ken VanDine said.
"Flutter for Linux from the Canonical team is a giant step forward for our dream of making Flutter the best way to build an app no matter what platform you’re targeting. Targeting the desktop has made the Flutter engine that much more adaptable to a long tail of devices that Google itself can’t support directly but for which we plan to continue to build partnerships and to enable the ecosystem."
"Wherever there are devices that need fast, beautiful apps, that’s where we want Flutter to be."
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