Google I/O Pinball Game Shows How Apps Can Span Phones and the Web
Google published a pinball game in conjunction with that’s geared to show off one of the company’s favorite programming tools.
The pinball game is made with Flutter, a framework geared to help developers write software that will work on Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and the web. You can try it by loading the website in a browser.
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On Android, the pinball app will ask if you want to install it as an app on your home screen. That illustrates Google’s effort tothat run natively on iOS or Android.
Flutter plays a role in that effort. It’s easy to craft an app that runs on either of the two smartphone families, the web, Windows, MacOS, DeRemer said. “It’s truly one thing that can do almost anything,” he said of Flutter.
The game also uses a game engine called Flame designed to speed up game development, Google developers said in a blog post Tuesday.
Cross-platform programming can be tough because of interface differences, but the pinball game makes some accommodations. On a desktop browser, you use right and left arrows to operate the flippers. On phones, you tap the left and right sides of the screen.
But factors like different screen sizes can mean hiccups. In one test with Chrome on a, a phone with a relatively narrow screen, the rocket icon used to launch the ball is mostly off the edge of the screen.