Today, Google announced the release of Flutter 2.5, the latest version of its open-source app development toolkit, plus Dart 2.14, the latest version of the programming language that powers Flutter.
“Flutter 2.5 continues a number of important performance and tooling improvements to track down performance problems in your own app,” Google’s Chris Sells writes in the announcement post. “At the same time, there are a number of new features, including full-screen support for Android, more Material You support, updated text editing to support switchable keyboard shortcuts, a new, more detailed look at your widgets in the Widget Inspector, new support for adding dependencies in your Visual Studio Code projects, new support for getting coverage information from your test runs in IntelliJ/Android Studio, and a whole new app template to serve as a better foundation for your real-world Flutter apps.”
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Flutter 2.5 also offers dramatically better performance, with progress reducing jank (Flutter’s term) related to iOS and garbage collection, among other advances. There’s also a much-improved camera plugin. Dart 2.14 adds new formatting for cascades and new language features, including the return of the triple shift operator. And there are improvements for various Flutter development environments, including Android Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Code.
To learn more and get started with Flutter 2.5, check out the Flutter website.