React Native or Flutter- the right choice for the app development

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With millions of apps already available in the market, the challenge and pressure of delivering the best and functional apps on mobile app development companies are becoming tight. 

On the other hand, businesses and startups are looking for a way to use the same amount of resources and money to get the dual advantage of targeting the audience (iOS and Android) from a single application. To target two apples from a single arrow or better say to provide exactly the same, businesses aim for- cross-platform applications that are trending greatly between mobile app developers and businesses.

Also, for developing a cross-platform application, tools, languages, and frameworks are also a need. To provide ease and comfort, two new concepts called React Native and Flutter has already entered the mobile app development world with a full swing. 

Being the not so old addition in the app world, both React Native and Flutter are now considered the best options for developing cross-platform applications. 

React Native which is an open-source framework was released on GitHub that made it easy to unite the requirement of iOS and Android platforms. Flutter which is another revolutionary move made by Google allows developers to create both Android and iOS apps highly responsive native apps at the same time. Isn’t the competition tough?

Though both of them are recent addition and a newbie in the world of the mobile app development industry have gained huge momentum and captured the attention of giants like Alibaba, Uber, Walmart, and Instagram. 

So, let's get started with a healthy comparison between both frameworks. 

 

A comparison between React Native and Flutter

User interface

Just like the UI of the application, the UI of the platform for developing a hybrid application is equally important. 

React Native is based on native components meant for both Android and iOS that offers an extensive selection of external UI kits like Native Material Kit, React Native Elements and NativeBase. Whereas on the other hand, we have Flutter that uses it's proprietary visual, structural, platform and interactive widgets. The widgets that are built-in UI components have the ability to replace native components due to layered architecture. 

Programming languages

Flutter on one hand uses completely different programming language called Dart whereas React Native development companies make use of JavaScript. JavaScript is widely adopted and used by app developers whereas Dart is easy to write codes. It is all about the preference if one knows the JavaScript to the core, there is no better option than React Native and if one is well-versed with everything about Dart, nothing can beat Flutter till now.

Structure of the code

The choice of frameworks greatly affects the overall coding structure. With Flutter, it leaves out the need for the separation of templates, data or style. It enables mobile app developers to code everything from one central location while providing access to all the required tools.

Performance evaluation

The scenario with React is that it leverages JavaScript for connecting native components through a bridge whereas Flutter streamlines the process by eliminating the need for the bridge in order to interact with native components. The practice makes Flutter works way faster and efficiently as compared to React Native. 

 

Also, with Flutter, it is easy to reuse existing code making it the first and foremost choice for mobile app developers.

API capabilities

If you are willing to integrate features like Wi-Fi, biometrics, NFC payments, there is no better choice than React native as its APIs are capable of supporting geolocation, Bluetooth and other features. 

 

The introduction of Flutter known as the future of Cross-platform app development though new in the market and still developing but it is easy to use and carries a myriad of APIs along with a bonus of customization. 

Documentation 

With Flutter, developers will get the ease of getting documentation that is easy to read due to the formating and detailed content. And by using React Native, you will get access to general documentation. Also, the framework greatly depends on external development kits. 

Hot reload

Hot reload serves the purpose of keeping the app running while injecting new versions of files. Both React Native and Flutter do support hot reloading and in the meantime, developers can also resolve the issue if occurred and then continuing the process.  

As both frameworks are capable of doing the job of hot reloading but somewhere somewhat, React Native lags when it comes to speed. 

This is not enough, there are more points showing a deep comparison between both frameworks. Meanwhile, we cannot ignore that both React Native and Flutter are apt as per the app requirement and needs. 



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