Flutter Vs React Native – Which is the best Cross Platform Technology?
The Year is 2019! Android and iOS continue to rule supreme in the Mobile OS used across the globe. As per a recent study by Statcounter Globalstats, 75.16% of the world’s smartphone run on Android, where as 21.98% use iOS.
A successful mobile application needs to be available on both – iOS and Android. Therefore, the developers are opting for Cross-Platform Technologies for fast-paced mobile application development.
(Read our blog on Technologies and Trends that will rule Mobile Development in 2019)
Cross-platform development save time and efforts while building high-performing mobile applications. These applications are feature-rich, robust and have the slick look of natively developed applications. Since most of the code developed is reusable, it ensures faster time to market vis-à-vis native development on both iOS and Android.
There are numerous technologies that enable cross-platform development – Xamarin, Cordiva PhoneGap, Kotlin Native, Ionic2, Flutter and React.
Flutter is the new kid on the block, having been introduced by Google in the Year 2017. Flutter and React Native are the current favorites of the mobile application developers for cross-platform development. Lets have a closer look at both these technologies –
What is Flutter?
Flutter is one of the newest offering from Google. It is an open source SDK to build mobile applications for Android and iOS as well as to develop applications on Google Fuchsia. Flutter uses Dart as the programming language – which like Flutter is a fairly new entrant in the technology world. Dart, however has a low learning curve and developers are quickly adapting to it. Few advantages of Flutter vis-à-vis its contemporaries are –
- Quick UI prototyping
- Easy bug fixing
- Accelerated development speed
- Faster running time
Flutter works on a Dart bridge that enhances its performance and enables fast reload. It is compatible with tools like Android Studio, IntelliJ Idea and Visual Studio Code. Moreover, the developers are also getting comfortable with Dart’s tools such as Dart Linter, debugger and code analyzer.
Flutter has proprietary widgets for UI Development – Cupertino for iOS and Material Design for Android.
Flutter’s Architecture is based on Skia C++ engine that allows reusing the code.
What is React Native?
(Read our blog on Leveraging React Native to Build High-Performing Mobile Applications)
React Native works on Flux architecture where the data flow is unidirectional and is used to build Client-side Web apps.
Comparison – Flutter v/s React Native
If you want to build a high-performance with an exceptional UI and explore all the features of Dart, chose Flutter.