Flutter vs React Native

29 Jan 2020

Flutter vs React Native- Which framework best fits your app idea?

The popularity scale of native mobile apps is not hidden from anyone. The performance level of an app reaches an acme when it comes to a native app.

But hang on!

If you are thinking that the native app is the only aspect that promises the performance, scalability, and engagement in your app, then you need to correct your facts.

Because there are two most scintillating platforms that are trending in the market and are really setting fire on the ground.

Those two most worthy platforms are: Flutter & React Native!

I am sure you must have known about them before as well, but these two concepts eventually turn the heat on, as they cause enough stir in the market, due to the unprecedented set of advantages infused within them.

Then how do you decide which platform is good for your business app?

To grab a quick look at what essentials have to be taken into consideration before picking the best possible choice for your app concept.

Read this post further, to help yourself to make an informed choice for your app development project…

What you must know about Flutter?

Flutter is an open-source framework and is created by Google. Flutter is used widely for developing mobile apps. In the year 2015, it made entry into the development world and as a start, it was named Sky.

Since the time of launch, Flutter has received multiple versions, and the latest one was launch in September 2019.

Flutter consists of a portable UI toolkit, helping to develop the apps for Android, iOS, web, and desktop. Google has used the Dart language to write Flutter, hence it also includes the Dart platform. 

Some of the popular apps made using Flutter are as follows:

  • Google Ads;
  • Hamilton app for Hamilton Musical;
  • Alibaba;
  • Hookle.

Pros Of Flutter Native Development

Two apps but one code 

As we know, Flutter is cross-platform, it works on the stack that operates flawlessly with the incredible set of widget kits, that are tailored down to attain seamless UI design. 

Impeccable UI

Flutter holds its own custom widgets, which are rendered and sustained by the frame’s visuals engine. Also, the flutter apps have user-friendly UI and give more attention to the visual approach. With Flutter, developers can easily create personal widgets or adjust a current widget with ease.

Performance

Flutter app performance is smooth with a seamless structure. It lets developers reuse the code as well, which evades any sort of glitches to occur in the coding.

Documents & Toolkit

No doubt, the documentation composition within the Flutter is much more balanced and supportive. This helps developers to work efficiently and get their apps to be certified.

Cons Of Flutter Development

Application Largeness

It is often been reported by the developer community, that apps built on Flutter are 20% heavier than React Native-built app.

Still Growing

Flutter is evolving rapidly, which somehow curbs the availability of various features required in current libraries. This makes developers develop special functionality.

What you must know about React Native?

React Native is created by Facebook and is an open-source framework. In the year 2013, React started its journey as an internal project, then further it released its very version in March 2015.

React Native utilizes JavaScript, letting programmers create Android, iOS, web, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

Some of the popular apps made using React Native are as follows:

  • Instagram;
  • Facebook;
  • Skype;
  • Pinterest;
  • Tesla.

Pros Of React Native Development

Hot reload

Hot Reload triggers the app development process, as it allows the developer to make the changes directly within the app. This allows the developer to identify the changes and work on them directly without investing the time in renewing the app.

Mature platform

Since its release, Facebook has worked upon React Native. Now its API support, fixing defects and other challenges are much streamlined, helping more developers to take part in, and build a stronger community to help each other.

Better tutorials and information stack

React Native is growing massive, helping other developers to take part in the development journey. This enables the developers to have a much better and improved education tutorial, libraries, frames, and blocks, letting other developers learn this technology without any hassle.

Easy to learn

To practice react native, developers do not need to learn something unique or different, but if they know web development and its operations with the latest React stack, then it is an easy deal to be cracked.

Cons Of React Native Development

Not really native

The technology stack of react-native; UI, UX, or the performance of the app would be similar to the native apps, but only similar to them. 

Holds limited components

React Native has a set of vital components outside the edges. Although, the outside repositories are filled with many other elements for React Native. In order to use those repositories, developers need to invest more time and effort.

Comparison of Flutter and React Native

  • Installation

Both Flutter and React Native require the installation with original package managers for any specific OS. Although Flutter installation must be done with some additional actions for uniting the binary to PATH and unloading it from Github. On the other hand, React Native can be installed by just using the Node Package Manager (NPM). 

  • UI components and API

Flutter is filled with various UI elements, widget API access, testing, server-side management and quantities of libraries, removing any dependency on the third-party libraries. React Native depends more on third-party libraries. 

  • IDE and text editors

React Native allows developers to use any text editor or integrated development environment of their decision. But Flutter lets developers experience the shortage of maintenance for it in various text editors IDEs, as Dart is relatively a new language.

  • Testing

React Native brings various system-level testing frames through JavaScript, and even for the UI testing, there are external tools like Cavy and Detox available unofficial.

Flutter holds great documentation on testing the Flutter apps and brings along with the best collection of testing features, also holds an incredible widget testing. 

Flutter vs React Native – What’s the Future?

Oh, the million-dollar question is here!

In most cases, it is a very hard task to give a definite answer. Since both platforms have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, hence it is best to make the decision on the basis of use case.

You must have witnessed the explicit information shared above for both the platforms, but something you must not forget is that both of these hold great potential within them, and must be chosen to fit your specific demands.

However, if you are confused that which platform would be apt for your app needs, then you don’t need to be worried anymore, because experts from Techugo team are here to help you with.

At Techugo, we do have a strong team of developers, who are well-versed with the latest trending technologies in the market and keep a hover on the on-going trends & technologies that can be a part of your sizzling app solution.

Reach us today, and help your app concept…

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