Google shows off its Flutter app for Windows 10 with new Photo Search

Flutter desktop search

Like Microsoft, Google is also actively working on
cross-platform UI solutions. Flutter is an open-source UI
framework for desktop, mobile, and web. Google’s Flutter-based
apps are already available on the web and mobile platforms, and
Google is also actively working on Windows 10 support.

Earlier this year,
Google published Flutter-based UWP apps for Windows 10,
which were meant to be ‘proof of concept’.

Google allows developers to use Flutter as a single code base
for writing apps for Android, iOS, and now Windows 10. The
Flutter team at Google believes in cross-platform development
and their vision is similar to Microsoft’s Universal Windows
Platform (UWP)

The UWP support, which was added earlier this year, should help
developers bring their mobile apps to Windows 10.

Yesterday, Google published a new UWP Flutter app that uses
Unsplash API to enable a new photo search experience. The
Unsplash API uses modern JSON API to render content from
Unplash (one of the best platforms for freely-usable images)
and the experience is surprisingly smooth.

Google Flutter desktop

The app is titled “Flutter Desktop Photo Search” and it’s
another proof of concept (not intended for consumer use).
Google is currently targeting desktop PCs, but the app also
works well on more mobile solutions like Surface Go with and
without touch support.

It’s worth noting that the demo app published by
Google is scrapping photos from the web, but it’s still
offering a native experience with an adaptive user interface,
which is impressive.

Using Google Flutter, developers can soon create wallpaper apps
and photo viewer that will work across all platforms including
Windows 10.

It’s unclear when Google will bring its own consumer apps to
the Microsoft Store, but you can expect third-party Windows 10
apps based on Flutter platform next year.

Developers can already begin writing apps using Flutter and
target both mobile and desktop PCs. According to
Google, there are currently more than “100,000 Flutter
apps in the Google Play Store”.

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