FlutterFlow

What is FlutterFlow?

What is FlutterFlow?

A history that looks like ours…

Like Noxcod, Flutterflow was founded by two former colleagues reunited from the same company and who in Autumn 2020 decided to embark on an adventure... The creation of their own company. (In addition in the No Code 😄)

The two founders of Flutterflow are former Google Engineers, Abel Mengistu and Alex Greaves.

After several years working for Google Maps, Abel and Alex founded Taste in late 2019. Taste was an AI-based social app that recommended restaurants, “Like Yelp and Google Maps but better”. However, the app launched in March 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, which made it almost impossible to develop a restaurant recommendation app.

By mid-2020 he was in despair… and they said to themselves, “It didn't work, we need to do something completely different.”

Before their first start-up, he had no font-end or application building experience, once Alex built a website.

They saw that he could create web platforms or web landing pages easily and quickly, but for them, there was no such thing for mobile applications.

After a first failure, they did not give up.

After presenting their new project to Flutter and in a 1ʳᵉ interview on Flutter Reddit that got them 900 likes in a short time (which is a lot for a start), they founded Flutterflow, in November 2020.

Thus, Flutterflow, became the fastest tool to build Low Code applications based on Flutter.

What is Flutter?

Flutter website

Flutter is a framework (an open-source toolkit) developed by Google. It allows you to create native cross-platform applications for iOS and Android, as well as websites and desktop applications.

Flutter is a very cost-effective tool, allowing anyone to quickly develop a mobile application or MVP. In addition, Flutter has an excellent user experience and a wide range of widgets that make it very intuitive to use.

With a tool like Flutter, your production will be improved because it offers designs to native code. Finally, Flutter combines cost-effectiveness and security, it has many tested and secure plugins.

What is Flutterflow for?

FlutterFlow website

Flutterflow is a native low-code application builder built on Flutter. It is a simple builder as users can drag and drop building blocks to create an application. Flutterflow applications can connect to live data via Firebase or other APIs.

Flutterflow is a powerful tool that allows you to create applications 2 to 3 times faster than a “classic” development tool.

FlutterFlow allows you to easily add more advanced features such as animations, push notifications, payments, etc. You can write your own custom code or create custom widgets for your application using FlutterFlow. Once your app is finished, you can export your code or deploy it directly to the app shops.

In addition, the tool has a simple and modern design that makes it very pleasant to use.

Note that the platform is constantly being improved, every month Flutterflow unveils a dozen new features in its newsletter.

Each month we reveal these new features in the No Code of the Month news available on our blog.

FlutterFlow is also accessible with reasonable price ranges.

Pricing FlutterFlow

Flutterflow website

Flutterflow is a Freemium and its prices are reasonable. The tool has 4 different packages:

  • Free at $0 per month, with : Core Platform Features, Pre-built templates, Firebase integration and 2 API endpoints;
  • Standard at $30 per month, with : Core Platform Features, Pre-built templates, Firebase integration, 2 API endpoints, APK Download and Code Download;
  • Pro at $70 per month, with : Core Platform Features, Pre-built templates, Firebase integration, Unlimited API endpoints, APK Download, Code Download, GitHub Integration, App and Play Store Deployment, One-Click App Translations With Google Translate and Chat Support ;
  • Teams $70 per month, which includes the same options as the Pro package, with Managed Billing, and Shared Design Library.

FlutterFlow VS Bubble

According to a comparison, Capterra Flutterflow and Bubble are rated 4.5 each, an almost perfect match. However, if you look at the details of their functionality, you will notice some important differences. This will be explained in more detail in a future article dedicated to the comparison of the two tools.

For the moment, we'll give you an overview of this comparison:

Advantage: FlutterFlow

Flutterflow has many advantages:

  • The tool is Low code and allows exporting the code
  • Animations (example : scroll) are native and directly available on Flutterflow
  • A regular update: every month, Flutterflow is able to release about ten new features, a real plus compared to Bubble.
  • A precise and reassuring target: apps, especially mobile ones
  • The design: the tool is very pleasant to look at

Disadvantage: FlutterFlow

Flutterflow is at first sight a nice tool, but when you look a bit more, you notice some flaws:

  • For example, at the back-end level, the tool uses Firebase, an external tool that centralizes the backend development. The platform externalizes this indispensable part of the app creation, makes its use less efficient, and it's the same for the databases. Not to mention debugging, which becomes complex.
  • The tool is more complex than Bubble, being a low code mixed code and no code gives even more possibilities that make it hard to master.
  • The tool is app oriented and not SEO friendly
  • It targets more mobile apps than desktop, which can be a problem.
  • Applications have to be updated every time they are pushed, which makes them slower and more complex to use.

Advantage: Bubble

Bubble is one of the oldest No code tools, it also has many advantages:

  • The technology is very advanced and allows developing quite technical platforms,
  • The back-end is directly integrated into the tool, unlike Flutterflow,
  • Bubble has the chance to have a large community,
  • The tool is also faster than Flutterflow
  • Bubble, itself centralizes its databases, app, and backend
  • Debugging is simplified,
  • Push app iOs Android are done in one click with a simple refresh.

Disadvantage : Bubble

Bubble has the largest market share for platform and app creation No Code, but it does have some drawbacks:

  • Animation not as developed as on Flutterflow
  • Over the years, Bubble has done less and less truly scalable updates, the tool is becoming more and more stagnant.
  • No outsourcing of code
  • No off-line
  • Less fluid than Flutterflow

Conclusion

To conclude, FlutterFlow is a powerful, intelligent and constantly evolving low code tool that deserves to be more successful. Flutterflow is undoubtedly, in 2022, one of the most competitive tools for mobile application creation.

We hope this article has helped you learn more about Flutterflow. If you have any questions, you can find us in one of our Facebook groups:

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