React Native vs Flutter: All You Should Know About!

by Guest Author on January 29, 2019

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The fundamental pillar of the tech industry has been creating mobile applications for multiple platforms which have different requirements and user-friendliness. Today, every mobile app development company is using the cross-platform framework for developing mobile applications which are easy to operate on both Android and iOS. This has helped to reduce the gap between the applications and hence the mobile app developers find it easy to come up with the cross-platform app development idea.

The most popular one right now is to create compiled apps that give the closest performance to that of the real native applications; at this moment, Google’s Flutter and Facebook’s React Native are the most powerful contenders.

The Head to Head Race Begins!

Flutter is a reactive framework launched by Google which is a cross-platform mobile development that uses the Dart language. It is a mobile app software development kit (SDK) which allows to create high-performance applications and make them run on both Android and iOS. It is also considered powerful as it has a thin layer of C/C++ code but most of its system works on Dart which was originally developed by Google itself for a general-purpose programming language.

React Native is also an open sourced framework released on GitHub for building applications uniting both iOS and Android platform’s native APIs. React Native only used the JavaScript by compiling its dynamic JavaScript code to native view at the runtime where the rest of the code runs in the additional virtual machine that is packaged inside the application itself.

Discovering Differences

#1 Architecture

Facebook has been using the Flux architecture for building client-side web applications. It is obvious that every framework mostly follows the MVC framework. The main concept of Flux is its unidirectional data flow where React takes care of view part and Flux for Model in MVC.

Flutter uses the Dart app architecture library which is uni-directional data flow pattern inspired by RefluxJS comprised of Actions, Stores, and StoreWatchers. You can also use the BLoC which stands for Business Logic Component architecture that heavily relies on streams and RxDart.

#2  Development Time

Most of the mobile app development companies have demonstrated their excellence in timely delivery of projects where React Native has remained one of the best partners for all. React Native reduces the time frame for mobile app development and adds more to the user interface by taking less time in project development.

Flutter is a new framework and requires considerable time to develop projects and also promises high-quality usability but it definitely needs more development in terms of React Native as it has ready-to-use components that help accelerate the mobile application development without any bugs.

#3  Performance

When it comes to performance testing, most of the mobile app developers will agree upon the Flutter for its revealing outcomes. Dart frame has advantages over the JavaScript layer of React Native which helps to connect with native components more easily.

React Native developers feel the pain when it comes to creating hybrid applications which is very good when it comes to native applications. Flutter makes it easy for developers to reuse existing code by using the C++ engine which supports the language and gives you reward points.

#4  Scalability

React Native has been popular among all the businesses for as most promising mobile app development frameworks for developers as it includes all the necessary components which are important to carry out projects no matter the size.

Flutter is launched recently and still strives harder to make its presence felt in the industry as this framework is still making its base and will take some time to gather the momentum.

React Native is used by huge brands like Skype, Facebook, Tesla, Airbnb, Instagram, Walmart and much more whereas Flutter is used only by Hamilton and utilizes some parts of it.

#5  Documentation and ToolKit

Processing of tools along with the documentation is an extensive process but when it comes to documentation, FLutter facilitates the process and makes easier for the developers to use them. React Native becomes a little clumsy as this framework omits a series of components that are very much important for running the process smoothly. Hence, we can see that Flutter has extensive IDEs and tools as compared to React Native as it is also compatible with Visual Studio Code, Android Studio and much more.

Which One Should You Use?

Cross-platform frameworks are not easy as they only work well when used with full awareness keeping in mind their limitations and strengths. We can conclude from the given similarities that React Native stands as the ultimate winner but it is better to give some time to flutter as it is a rising framework and Google developers are constantly working to provide more functionalities. But, the ultimate choice is yours which one you want to go far on! Happy Coding.

Guest article written by: Donna McAllister is working at eTatvaSoft.com, a React Native Development company along with mobile application development. An avid reader and a passionate writer, She shared her ideas on path-breaking IT solutions, current IT trends and much more. Understanding how technology affects the world is her subject of interest.

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