The era of native app development is diminishing as Cross-platform solutions have started ruling over the world of mobile app development. Though the traditional app development techniques will not wholly vanish as it forms the basis, the convenience that cross-platform strategies provide to the developer is irresistible. Several cross-platform frameworks like Cordova, Flutter, React Native, Ionic, Xamarin have been introduced in less than a decade. However, we all know that the top players are Flutter and React Native.
The fact that they are the creations of Google and Facebook, respectively, hint that Flutter and React Native was bound to be tough competitors. Since both are free, open-source, and have similar popularity on GitHub, one may face difficulty choosing a framework while manifesting their app idea.
The perspective of a developer and app owner while choosing the appropriate framework may differ widely. While a developer looks after the ease of coding, an app owner takes a 360-degree view. Which framework can help deploy the app faster, be more stable and user-friendly, and give justice to the look? This article will put forward an in-depth comparison of Flutter and React Native wearing the app owner’s glasses.
1. Development Speed
Cross-platform techniques are famous for providing faster coding. The fast reload feature in both frameworks allows the developer to see the changes in-app in a blink of an eye after coding. React Native has also come up with ‘fast refresh’, an updated version that takes hot reloading up by a notch.
3. User Interface
Undoubtedly, Flutter UI is smoother and faster as it directly works on GPU. Moreover, it provides a vast catalog of widgets which makes designing user-friendly UI easier. Another advantage is that Flutter-built apps look the same on old and new systems, so there is no need to do additional work to support older devices. On the other hand, the UI deliverables of React Native are not its biggest strength.
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