Flutter vs React Native: Which Framework to settle on for Cross-Platform App Development?
Cross-platform mobile development is highly regarded owing to the numerous benefits it brings along as compared to native app development. In this blog post, we will compare the top three Cross-platform mobile development platforms Flutter Vs React Native to help you make a better decision when going for app development.
React Native vs. Flutter in Development
Both Flutter and React Native are popular frameworks for cross-platform mobile app development. But each of them has its peculiarities. We can differentiate both platforms on the basis of these points beow:
Installation and initial configuration
Development tools and documentation
User interface (UI)
With Flutter, you have to use Dart — a programming language created by Google. As a client-optimized language, Dart has many advantages. Take productive app development, for instance.
A highly popular open-source framework for cross-platform mobile app development, the Flutter framework is highly popular among front-end developers.
The framework allows code re-usability from 50–90% besides providing amazing user interfaces. It utilizes Dart for high-quality application development.
“GOOGLE ADWORDS, GOOGLE GREENTEA, ALIBABA, AND TOPLINE ARE SOME POPULAR APPS BUILT USING FLUTTER”.
Complete Development Ecosystem: thanks to the supply of pre-built widgets, CLI tools, and APIs.
Easy Customization Options: Allows creating new widgets or customizing the existing ones.
Cost-efficient: Open source hence free.
Hot Reload: Allows quicker bug fixes, easily build UIs, and add features.
Large app size: This prompts developers to reduce the number of libraries and compress images to make necessary adjustments
An average Flutter app is 4.7 MB in size which is quite large compared to an Android native app starting typically from 1 MB.
Native API: As many native APIs are not provided, third party packages may be required.
TEN AMAZING APP BUILT WITH FLUTTER TECHNOLOGY
Birch Finance (Finance)
Hamilton Musical (Entertainment)
Coach Yourself (Healthcare)
Watermaniac (Healthcare & Fitness)
Hookie ( Social)
SG Bus Tracker (Maps & Navigation)
Built by Facebook in 2015, React Native is another popular cross-platform mobile app development framework.
The use of native UI controllers ensures an amazing GUI and hence an app experience close to native apps with React Native. It even allows 90% of code re-usability overall.
“FACEBOOK, FACEBOOK ANALYTICS, FACEBOOK ADS MANAGER, INSTAGRAM, UBER EATS, TESLA, SKYPE, AND PINTEREST ARE SOME APPS BUILT USING REACT NATIVE”
High-quality user interface: thanks to native UI implementation, apps appear as if native apps
Faster development time: Due to the availability of ready-to-use UI components
Native Functionality Access: Camera, accelerometer, etc., available
Cost-efficient: Open source hence free
Complex animations and transitions hard to achieve
Comparatively slower running apps
TEN AMAZING APPS DEVELOPED BY REACT NATIVE TECHNOLOGY
Facebook ads Manager(Socia)
Bloomberg (Media & Entertainment)
Gyroscope (Fitness tracker)
Discovery VR (entertainment)
Now let’s come to the conclusion then, which of those three frameworks is best for cross-platform mobile app development?
The winner is… Flutter. Irrespective of the few cons Flutter has, it is indeed quite a robust framework that allows building beautiful native apps ensuring a high-end performance.