Google joins Canonical to bring Flutter apps to Linux

Google has announced that it is partnering with open source software operating system Ubuntu maker Canonical to bring its open-source UI software development kit Flutter to Linux desktop operating system.

Google’s goal for Flutter has always been to provide a portable framework for building beautiful user interfaces (UIs) that run at native speeds no matter what platform.

“To validate this capability, we started by focusing on the mobile platforms, Android and iOS, where we’ve seen more than 80,000 fast, beautiful Flutter apps published to Google Play,” said Google’s Chris Sells and Canonical’s Ken VanDine.

Flutter is now ready to handle first-featured, full-sized desktop apps, they added.

More than 500,000 developers use Flutter each month and two million developers have used it since version 1.0 was released in December 2018.

Canonical is making a significant investment in Flutter by dedicating a team of developers to work alongside Google’s developers to bring the best Flutter experience to the majority of Linux distributions.

“Canonical will continue to collaborate with Google to further improve Linux support and maintain feature parity with the other supported platforms,” said the companies.

Flutter is Google’s cross-platform application framework that allows developers to create responsive apps for Android, iOS, and macOS.