Facebook’s React Native and Google’s Flutter- two hot cross-platform app development technologies have quickly become the favorite framework for many developers to build fast, productive, open-source yet beautiful mobile applications.
We build commercial apps for varying industries and suggest the framework that works best for our clients’ app requirements.
Still, we often get the same set of queries popping up:
- Which will be the best framework – Native, Flutter, or React Native?
- Will my App give optimal performance?
- Would the framework be good for UI/UX?
To cover the answers for all these queries; we have to bring down this blog covering the following topics:
- What is Flutter and React Native?
- What are the popular apps made by Flutter and React Native?
- Pros and Cons of Flutter and React Native
- Which Framework would be the best for you?
What is Flutter and React Native?
Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit used for building beautiful, natively compiled applications from a single codebase for mobile, web, and desktop knew as a cross-platform app; until now only referred to Android and iOS. But late last year Google also announced that Flutter developers will soon be able to target macOS, Windows and Linux.
Pros and Cons of Flutter and React Native
1. Programming Language
2. Technology Stack
While Flutter uses Skia engine (used by Dart Framework) which has a plethora of protocols, compositions and channels. Additionally, the Dart framework has maximum components inbuilt which lessen the requirement of a bridge to communicate with native modules.
Henceforth, enabling Flutter gives high performance and making it the winner in the richness of technical architecture.
3. Installation Method
While Flutter can be installed by downloading the binary for a specific platform from Github; requiring extra steps for downloading it from the source code; as compared to React Native which makes React Native a suitable framework having easy installation.
4. UI Components
React Native heavily relies on third-party libraries for accessing native modules.
Whereas Flutter comes with a rich set of UI rendering components, navigation testing, widgets, stateful management, device API access and loads of libraries. This allows developers to easily leverage the UI on both platforms.
This independency of Flutter on third party libraries, unlike React Native, makes Flutter the winner.
5. Testing Support
Whereas, Flutter provides some amazing testing features to test the apps while they get developed. Flutter apps can be tested by unit, widget and integration level.
The rich set of testing features available with Flutter and conversely, React Native having no official support for UI level testing makes it less competitive than Flutter.