How well do React Native vs. Flutter fare while creating cross-platform mobile applications? Check out the differences!
Size of the business, requirements of clients, availability of resources, availability of time and budget, availability of skilled workforce – all play a crucial role in deciding about technology or framework required for developing mobile applications. Companies need to think about spending time, money, and resources while meeting deadlines without compromising on quality. They always look for marking their presence across multiple platforms to cater to wide audiences through a seamlessly performing, attractive application. It is, therefore, necessary to compare both traditional and technology-driven cross-platform mobile app development. As the current point of discussion, both Flutter and React Native are hybrid frameworks that can be used to create hybrid apps that are highly productive and quick mobile applications that can run across platforms.
What is Flutter and what problems does it solve?
Flutter can be used to build high-quality applications that can work across platforms. It is a mobile app SDK created by Google to provide a fast and expressive way for developers to build native applications of iOS and Android. This is because apps and interfaces made up of Flutter are made from a single codebase that is compiled directly with native on code that makes use of the GPU and access platform API and services. The applications thus built are quick, expressive and flexible UI (custom design) and native apps for iOS and Android. Apps and interfaces made up of Flutter are made from a single codebase that is compiled directly with native on code that makes use of the GPU and access platform API and services. Flutter allows creating apps with beautiful design, smooth animations, and great performance.
Thus Flutter can be used to build highly productive applications across platforms from a single codebase. It enables fixing crashes and continues debugging from where the app left off. Flutter comes with a rich set of material design and widgets. It works in a modern react style framework, 2D rendering engine and various developmental tools.
React Native brings React's declarative UI framework to iOS and Android. With React Native, you use native UI controls and have full access to the native platform. Writing the entire application all over again seems to be the only option in case of additional bandwidth requirements. Frameworks like React Native are always helpful in extending the functionality that a web page could offer like the integration of camera, GPS, Flash Light, Bluetooth, Rotation, Auto-Correction, etc.
Flutter vs. React Native Comparison
|1||User Interface||Flutter makes use of its interactive widgets and proprietary visual, structural platform. These widgets are built-in UI components that replace native components. The UI is flexible enough to enable widget customization.||The availability of external UI kits like React Native Material Kit, React Native Elements and Native Base goes beyond the widget combination provided in Flutter. It also supports iOS-style components which makes it support highly powerful user interfaces.|
|3||Code Structure||Flutter enables developers to code everything from one central location and provides access to all the tools you need. It leaves out the need for the separation of templates, style or data. Its code structure is well thought out and simple.||The code structure of React Native is complex.|
|4||Native Appearance||Flutter code has the potential to access device core functionalities giving a native experience to the entire application.||RN code is dependent on third-party API's which prevents the applications from having a native experience.|
|6||Maturity of Framework||Lower because it’s very new in the industry||Higher because the framework is 3+ years old|
|7||Configuration and Setup||More straightforward||Lacks a streamlining setup and configuration|
|8||Industry Adoption||Currently, it is low because it is not known to masses and is only a few months old.||Higher because brands are using it for years.|
|9||Tooling||It has greater compatibility with the IntelliJ idea, Visual Studio Code, and Android Studio||There are a large number of IDE’s and tools support React Native|
|10||Lifestyle Management||There are no tools that explicitly save the application action state. Widget inheritance allows for stateless and stateful conditions, for explicitly saving the application state without making use of any tools.||It is better at simplifying the app lifecycle, management, and optimization.|
|11||Documentation||Flutter offers regimented and efficiently smooth documentation, to assist app developers. Their documentation is thorough enough to help you and they address the questions posted within a reasonable time frame.||Still unclear.|
|12||Brand Presence||Present across brands like Google Adwords, Alibaba.com, Groupon, etc.||RN is famous too: Walmart, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, etc.|
|13||Community||Not a very strong community.||RN community is vast.|
Flutter vs. React Native Verdict
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