Exploring Mobile App Development Solutions: Comparing Xano, Flutterflow, Bubble and More
The State Changers meeting was centered around the development and discussion of two applications. The first application is a web-based and mobile platform similar to a meditation application. The proposed model includes a section for listening to mindfulness resources and another section unlocked upon completion of training for additional resources. The second application is an ecommerce app designed in the style of TikTok. This application will primarily feature video backgrounds on each product page with swipable product descriptions.
In the discussion, several tools were mentioned. The participant was considering Flutterflow for the applications, however, concerns about high cost and the usability of code export were raised. Another tool mentioned was Teta, a no-code platform built on Flutter with an integrated backend.
Another critical point of discussion was that the majority of users (98% from past experience) will be mobile users. Hence, application development focusing on mobile interfaces is crucial for these projects. Concerns over Bubble were raised, focusing on its ability to handle heavy mobile applications, particularly those with video data. One user noted that the mobile software market is not as competitive in terms of sheer tool quantity as the web development side.
Other potential tools mentioned for developing these mobile applications included Draftbit, Bravo Studio, and Your v1. In addition, Builder and WeWeb were also suggested for web-based application development. The main take-away from the meeting is the importance of choosing the tool that takes away the most engineering time, thus allowing faster shipping at a lower overall cost. The goal is to trade a small subscription fee for significant savings on engineering and development.