React Native Vs Flutter: What To Choose For Mobile App Development?

 

Mobile apps have become indispensable for companies to both retain their market and to compete with rivals. At the same time, as the mobile app market is divided among platforms, companies prefer to develop cross-platform mobile apps that work on all of iOS, Android, Windows, etc.

With the native approach, we need to use different programming languages for each platform. This can become cost, time and labor intensive. On the other hand, cross-platform approach uses a single programming language to develop mobile apps for all platforms.

In this article, we will discuss two of the cross-platform mobile app development technologies React Native and Flutter and see how they compare in some common aspects of mobile app development tools:

Programming Language:

The learning curve of Flutter can get a bit steep, as it uses Google’s Dart programming language, introduced by Google in the year 2011. On the other hand, React Native uses JavaScript, a very common language used by many across the world.

Dart does have its merits though. Once you get a hang of it, Dart is very easy to understand and also supports most of the object oriented concepts.

Still, React Native is the easier of the two. So, React Native does have an advantage over Flutter, when it comes to programming languages.

Architecture:

Flutter uses Dart framework which has Google’s Material Design concept and Cupertino widgets. Dart framework also uses Skia Graphics Engine, a 2D Graphics library written using C++.

React Native, on the other hand, uses JavaScript Bridge (Java Runtime Environment architecture) and also the Flux architecture to create data layers in JavaScript applications. Flux architecture was designed and used by Facebook to create client-side web applications.

When it comes to Architecture, it’s advantage Flutter, as it can communicate with Native modules without a bridge, while React Native needs the same, slowing down its performance.

Libraries, Components and API:

Flutter is jam-packed with libraries, widgets, UI components, Development API, etc., compared to React Native, which, as a framework, has only the basics. The latter has a few built-in components and APIs, as View, Text, Image, TextInput, ScrollView, StyleSheet, etc.

For any kind of functions beyond this, you will have to rely on third-party libraries. So, Flutter clearly has the upper hand over React Native, when it comes to Components, Libraries and API.

Community Support

React Native has a GitHub Community and a lot of online events happening, ever since Facebook launched it in 2015. Flutter came just a couple of years later in 2017 and has been fast catching up in terms of community support and online events as conferences, etc. For now, it’s advantage React Native, though Flutter is not much far behind, when it comes to Community Support.

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