We’re calling it: 2021 will be the year when Flutter officially becomes the framework of choice for developing mobile applications.
It seems like every day brings news of a company who has just released a new Flutter app, or one that has switched over to Flutter, accompanied by an awesome story about how Flutter supercharged their development process.
It’s clear that companies of all sizes — from enterprise companies with multiple development teams to lean startups with only one engineer — benefit from Flutter. We believe it’s simply the best toolkit for building beautiful, performant apps for all screens, including iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, and web (even embedded screens). With the release of Flutter 2 earlier this month, we're even more excited about the Future of Flutter!
We’ve curated this list of companies using Flutter in 2021. While not an exhaustive list, we wanted to showcase companies that are doing noteworthy work with Flutter. Keep them on your radar!
Toyota is leading the charge for embedded Flutter by building next-gen infotainment systems for their vehicles. In the Flutter Engage keynote, Daniel Hall, Chief Engineer at Toyota, outlined four main reasons why Toyota will be using Flutter:
1. High performance in a constrained environment.
2. Flutter will allow Toyota to build an in-vehicle user experience that lives up to user’s experiences and expectations — including smooth touch mechanics.
3. Flutter’s developer ergonomics allows for developers to make use of all the multi-platform tools.
4. Better customer experience as a result of faster iteration cycles.
We are excited by the work that Toyota is doing; it’s amazing to see Flutter expand to screens beyond mobile!
Development teams don’t have to start from scratch with Flutter. One strategy is to pilot Flutter with an existing native app and gradually transition features over into Flutter using the add-to-app capability — which is exactly what Betterment set out to do.
The Betterment mobile app is a crucial tool for business success, as it allows customers to invest and access financial advice at their fingertips. Our team helped Betterment transition their app to Flutter and train their engineering team on the new mobile framework. Read this case study of our work together and listen to this podcast with Betterment Principal Engineer Sam Moore.
A few months ago, Homethrive raised $18M to invest in developing their virtual support system. We have it on good authority that they are working with a very good team 😉 to build an app entirely in Flutter. The app will allow care recipients to video chat with caregivers to facilitate social and emotional care.
eBay Motors raced onto the scene with Flutter when faced with the challenge of providing a consistent car buying experience for both iOS and Android. A few months ago, they wrote an in-depth article about their experience building their mobile app with Flutter that contains many great insights about building a Flutter app from scratch.
One of the most powerful quotes from their blog: "Our first beta was in our CEO’s hands within three months of receiving our first product requirements, and a few months later we released our app to the public." Flutter can dramatically accelerate the development process and make teams happier overall. We can’t wait to see where the eBay Motors app goes next!
Realtor.com is a great example of a large company that turned to Flutter to help scale their mobile development. A crucial insight from their article detailing their experience working with Flutter is that it greatly increased the productivity of their engineers.
In addition, they solved a persistent problem in the app development world: what do you do when both your iOS and Android teams are out of sync? Instead of having development teams building separately for different platforms, the Realtor.com development team developed “new cross-platform mobile squads organized by domain of responsibility instead of by technology.” This shows that Flutter doesn’t just transform your app, it can completely revitalize your team dynamic and culture!
Stream develops scalable activity feeds and chat messaging APIs for multiple tech stacks — including iOS, Android and multi-platform frameworks. They have built an SDK specifically for Flutter which provides necessary feed and in-app messaging functionality and released a tutorial with step-by-step instructions to integrate chat into your Flutter app. They also recently raised $38M to continue building out features for users, so we can’t wait to see what they build next!
The makers of Wunderlist are at it again with Superlist — a productivity app for teams and individuals to collaborate and complete projects on time. The company is working on an open source Rich Text Editor for Flutter, which sounds like a useful package that would benefit many Flutter apps!
The @ Company
The @ Company is on a mission to empower users to reclaim their data privacy on the internet. They have developed a persona validating protocol in Dart and built out Flutter APIs and SDKs for easy integration into Flutter apps. Their comprehensive docs can help you get started on integrating with your Flutter app.
Wiredash is a tool to collect user feedback directly within Flutter applications. Written in Dart, it relies on functionality within the Flutter framework to provide high-quality feedback options without affecting the performance of the app. View their comprehensive documentation here.
The one-stop-shop for artists and collectors is building a new app for Etsy sellers to be built in Flutter. The company recently opened a job posting looking for a Flutter engineer to help build an experience that helps Etsy sellers build and grow their business through the mobile app. Etsy joins the ranks of other companies that have built apps in record time using Flutter. We’re looking forward to seeing the final product!
In 2019 Nubank wrote a comprehensive overview of their decision to switch their mobile app to Flutter, providing detailed criteria for making their decision and a roadmap for scaling with Flutter. Bitrise caught up with the team one year later with some lessons learned. Unsurprisingly the engineering team still loves Flutter and notably “It has become 100% part of our culture when we talk about mobile development.” It’s becoming clear that Flutter does more than improve teams’ codebases, but it completely transforms the way teams work for the better!
HERE Technologies provides mapping, navigation, and location services. They have developed a Flutter SDK that allows developers to integrate maps into their Flutter applications. Easily tap into features such as 2D/3D zoom, satellite or street view, and interactive gestures including pinch to zoom, pan, and flick. Documentation can be viewed here.
Amazon recently published a series of job posts for Flutter developers as the company continues to develop the AWS mobile SDK for Flutter. Developers will work on the Amplify for Flutter library, which facilitates a smooth transition for mobile apps using AWS services. This is big news since AWS is the leading cloud services provider in the world. Being able to easily integrate with Amazon AWS services may be a significant selling point for companies considering Flutter in 2021.
Very Good Ventures
We couldn’t make a list of companies doing noteworthy work with Flutter without including ourselves! But in all seriousness, we’ve been working with Flutter from the beginning. We dedicate our time exclusively to building Flutter apps and helping companies adopt Flutter.
While 2019 was all about showing the world what Flutter can do, 2020 was all about expanding our service offerings and developing a business entirely about Flutter. This year we’re very excited about the many projects we’re working on in 2021 and new tools like Very Good Start and Very Good CLI. We’re continuing the momentum by growing our team and helping companies build scalable apps with Flutter! See some of our very good work here.