Over the past few years, mobile applications have come out to be an integral part of our lives. From setting the morning alarm, learning new yoga poses to spending time on our favourite TikTok and online shopping, we depend on mobile apps for all our daily needs and leisure. This increased consumer's dependence on mobile apps has made a fortune for people in the mobile app development business.
The mobile app development business is growing with more and more investors willing to invest their capital in a good app. Although with the capital comes the competition. With more and more apps coming in the market, the competition is raising manifold making it difficult for app development businesses to maintain a foothold. In this series of development, only the strong will survive.
Businesses found an excellent solution to survive the market competition in the form of cross-platform apps. Cross-platform apps are a way ahead from native apps. To know the difference between the two, let us try to understand both native and cross-platform apps in a little detail.
Native and Cross-Platform Apps: What’s The Difference?
Cross-platform apps are a two for one solution to a structural problem that native apps have. Native apps are coded and designed according to one particular platform. Since iOS and Android are now the two most common mobile platforms, native apps have to be designed and coded separately for the different platforms. To launch natives apps at both the platforms, developers need to put twice the effort while coding, requiring twice as much money and time. Moreover, the number of Android users is way more, but iOS is more profitable, it leaves businesses in the dilemma and fear of picking one platform over the other. It is here that cross-platform work as a twofer.
(Explaining the Difference between Native and Cross-Platform Apps)
The cross-platform app developers create software that is compatible with all the platforms, especially Android and iOS. Developers have to write the code just once, and voila the app runs on multiple platforms. Cross-platform apps are cost-effective, less time consuming, and feels just the same on the different UI.
Consequently, it is Cross-platform apps that have every eye glued on.
While developing an app, you should start by asking some basic questions to make an informed and wise decision, this includes what business demands and which platform works best in your interest.
Once you know what you are hoping from your app, take your idea to an app developer to move further. The next step in this regard is to choose between the various cross-platform app development frameworks by looking at each one of them.
A list of cross-platform app development frameworks include:
Perhaps, the two most popular cross-platform app development frameworks that most businesses use today are viz. a viz. React Native and Flutter. So which one should you go for? What suits your business more, React Native or Flutter? Let us put both of them side by side and collate. But before drawing comparisons between the two, it becomes empirical here to discuss each one of them broadly.
A number of apps using React Native includes Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Pinterest, Facebook Ads Manager, UberEats, Bloomberg, Airbnb etc.
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“Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.”
Flutter was built and released by Google in 2017. Although the first full-fledged version Flutter 1.0 was launched in December 2018. Just like React Native, Flutter too was released with the intent of making software that works on different platforms. Since then it has been in demand while gaining more popularity by the day. It ranks among the top 30 software based on GitHub stars.
Apps on Flutter are built using Dart, an object-oriented programming language. Although this coding language is less used by developers, it is not hard to learn and acquire. Once you get a hand on Dart, it becomes a piece of cake to code an app using it.
Apps that are using Flutter to power them include Google Ads, Alibaba, Hookle, Reflectly, Music Tutor, and App Tree.
Flutter and React Native: What’s Common?
A large part of our discussion here takes you deeper into the difference between React Native and Flutter that by the way, are too many. But before we walk down that path, you need to know whether or not there are any commonalities between the two app development frameworks.
The answer is a yes! So without further ado let's have a look into a few of these common points between React Native and Flutter.
(Flutter and React Natives: Common Points)
1. Both are Cross-Platform App Development Frameworks
The first commonality between React Native and Flutter is that they both are cross-platform app development frameworks. They both were designed to build apps that can be launched on multiple platforms including iOS and Android in one go, without the need to launch them separately on different platforms.
2. Presented To You By The Two Tech Giant themselves
What are the two names that strike you when you think about internet technology biggies?
What if we tell you that these are companies that have come up with Flutter and React Native respectively? Unbelievable right? But it's true. A common point where both React Native and Flutter stand is that they both are supported by arguably the biggest technical companies that we know of.
3. Great User Interface Experience
Both React Native and Flutter offers you great user interface (UI) experience, giving the feel of native apps. React Native has a great advantage in incorporating native components of an app, whereas Flutter uses customised widgets that makes an app attractive and dynamic.
4. Open Source Software
These app development frameworks are open source which means, they can be used freely by developers to build or change an app. Because of this feature, both React Native and Flutter enjoy a huge consumer and community base.
5. Hot Reload
React Native and Flutter have another similar feature called hot reload. Hot reloads lets the developers code faster. It also keeps reflecting the result even while you are still working. With the hot reload feature, you attain your desired results in seconds.
These are the few main points where you can draw parallels between React Native and Flutter. Now, let’s take our discussion further and look for the major points of difference between the two frameworks and see which one is more suitable for you.
(Flutter and React Native - The Conclusion)
Both Flutter and React Native have their own fors and againsts. They both have their own advantages and disadvantages that need to be taken into consideration while forming opinions about them. At Parangat Technologies, our team of skilled React Native and Flutter Developers work with our clients to ensure a flawless and high-end mobile solutions.
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