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React Native vs. Flutter: Which is Better

Marketing Team
12/05/2022

Do you want to develop apps more quickly? And to reduce costs with cross-platform development – but you’re not sure which technology to choose?

This blog compares the leading market players – Flutter and React Native to help you identify which framework best fits your app idea.

 

First if all That’s Flutter for? And React Native for? 

 

Flutter enables cross-platform app development.

It gives developers an easy way to build and deploy visually attractive, natively-compiled applications for mobile (iOS, Android), web, and desktop – all using a single codebase

 

But as an open-source project, both Google and the Flutter community contribute to its development.

 

 


What is React Native for?

React Native is a practical framework for:

  • Cross-platform development
  • Building mobile apps using JavaScript language
  • Developing applications for both Android and iOS using a single codebase
  • Using the same design as React

Apps created using React Native are not mobile web apps. React Native uses the same fundamental UI building blocks as regular iOS and Android apps: instead of building in Java, Kotlin, or Swift – you’re putting the same building blocks together, using JavaScript and React (source).

React Native uses components that are analogous to widgets in Flutter.

To develop web and desktop applications with React Native, it’s best to use external libraries (as detailed in this paragraph).

 

Flutter React Native
Uses Dart Uses Javascript
Installation requires extra steps e.g. setting of PATH Installed easily through NPM
Detailed and easy to follow the documentation Documentation lack a lot of vital information
Complete and independent architecture Architecture depends on bridges resulting in poor performance
Rich in features and API has everything you need Heavy reliability in third-party libraries
Productivity decreases with complexity Encourages developer productivity
Smaller community than React Huge and active community
Inbuilt testing support through modules Testing is done through third-party applications
Release automation well documented Release automation also dependent on third-party applications
Inbuilt CI/CD support Can be set up through third parties

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