Last week at the Google I/O, Flutter UI framework expanded from mobile to multi-platform and the company released the first technical preview of Flutter for web. On Friday, Google announced new updates to Flutter for building Chrome OS applications. Flutter tools allow developers to build and test their apps directly on the Chrome OS.
New updates for Flutter for Chrome OS
Along with Flutter’s seamless resizing feature, Flutter for Chrome OS comes with additional features such as scroll wheel support, hover management, and better keyboard event support.
The Flutter team also added a new set of lint rules to the Flutter tooling to catch violations of the most important of the Chrome OS best practice guidelines. This will help developers get a better idea of whether their Android app is going to run well on Chrome OS. In the IDE or when running flutter analyze at the command line, developers can see lints if their Flutter app has issues targeting Chrome OS.
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Lint rules can be turned on the Flutter app by creating a file named analysis_options.yaml in the root of your Flutter project. The contents should look similar to this:
Developing Flutter on ChromeOS has got the developer community excited.
— Maksim Lin (@mklin) May 11, 2019
We’re working to make Flutter the natural way to build beautiful apps for Chrome OS, and to make Chrome OS a great developer workstation for Flutter development. Here’s how: https://t.co/6yDPw8H3Hw #Flutter #ChromeOS @googlechrome #io19
— Tim Sneath (@timsneath) May 10, 2019
ChromeOS is becoming a viable dev platform. AS still needs a lot of love before native Android is fluent but for example Flutter is ready good to go. https://t.co/rxdhidq1HU
— Juhani Lehtimäki (@lehtimaeki) March 7, 2019
If you’d like to target Flutter for Chrome OS, you can do so today simply by installing the latest version of Flutter.