The way we consume news has changed significantly over the last twenty years. There has been a shift to consuming news through mobile applications instead of browsers. However, for news publishers, mobile apps can be difficult and costly to build – until now, when Google released the Flutter News Toolkit based on the work done in the Google News Initiative.
Flutter News Toolkit promises to reduce app development time by up to 80%
On January 25th 2023, Google’s Flutter team released the Flutter News Toolkit for general access.
“Some early adopters have already built iOS and Android applications in as little as 6 weeks, claiming up to 80% time savings compared to traditional double-ended development on iOS and Android”, says Zoey Fan, Senior Product Manager for Flutter at Google.
The Flutter News Toolkit is an easy-to-use template for news publishers to build an app. It includes blocks of sample code for common user interfaces and app features. While the news template lowers the barrier to entry for building news mobile applications, this solution still requires Flutter development work. That’s when agencies like Rebel App Studio enter the picture.
Rebel App Studio is working with early adopters of the Flutter News Toolkit
Rebel App Studio, a leading Flutter consultancy from Finland, has been utilising the toolkit for a few months and can confirm that the numbers are not lying. Flutter News Toolkit includes some key elements that accelerate the release of applications in record-breaking time.
“During the last few years, we have worked on multiple projects with the Flutter team, so we can pride ourselves on developing Flutter itself forward. The Flutter News Toolkit can really make a difference to how news publishers around the world get their apps into the hands of their readers”, says Miika Toljamo, Business Director at Rebel App Studio.
Rebel App Studio is currently developing 20 news applications for news publishers. This would not be possible without Flutter technology and the free template. Not only does the template accelerate the development process, but it also allows designers to quickly customise the app to individual brands.
The cooperation continues
The Flutter News Toolkit has just been launched for general access and this is where the work begins. Flutter News Toolkit is a unique opportunity for news publishers to take a leap in their digitalisation.
“Three months ago, we announced the Toolkit in an early access period and received an overwhelming number of applications from organisations across the world, so we’re excited to announce the first version of the Flutter News Toolkit is now generally available!”, Zoey Fan shares.
“We have continued to grow along with Flutter for five years already, but the current demand for top-of-the-world Flutter and News Toolkit expertise is something unseen. Rebel App Studio is looking to double the number of senior Flutter developers this year to meet this demand”, summarises Miika Toljamo.
Interested to learn more about our work with the Flutter News Toolkit? Contact Miika for more information:
+358 40 734 9399