Google hopes for fresher, faster phone apps with Flutter – CNET

The app for the Hamilton musical is written with Google's Flutter programming tools for iOS and Android apps.

The app for the Hamilton musical is written with Google’s Flutter programming tools for iOS and Android apps.


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Google is firming up a tool that should help programmers bridge the divide between Android phones and iPhones.

It’s hard to write software that matches the appearance of both Apple’s iOS software and Google’s Android operating system, which is one reason developers often hire separate teams to create two versions of the same product. Google, though, is finishing up a tool called Flutter that gives apps a native look for either mobile realm. It can also shuck conventional looks for something totally different.

The search giant announced the release of the initial Flutter beta at the Mobile World Congress show on Tuesday….

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