Flutter and React Native the hottest technologies provided by one from Google and another from Facebook has been creating a buzz among the industry. In this blog, we will compare both of them in detail and tell you about the major benefits of flutter.
Due to rapid growth in the IT industry, almost every company required mobile applications for their businesses to compete with the other company in the field and many companies are looking for the best mobile application development company for both iOS and Android platforms as it is faster in speed and took fewer resources.
However, both Apple and Google have provided technologies to build applications. iOS application developers use Xcode and Swift, while Android developers use Kotlin/Java and Android Studio. So as the languages are different the engineers required to learn the complete code of specific platforms which is why companies have started to opt the cross-platform solutions over the native solutions to build up the applications for iOS and Android faster using a single language.
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What’s Flutter and React Native?
React Native is the project started by the company; Facebook, they open-sourced in 2015. On the other hand, the Flutter project is started by Google and has been promoting by 2017. Both of the technologies have helped developers to build a cross-platform application and faster by using only a single language. Now a time, React Native is already a mature tool and has a huge community but since flutter has been introduced in the market the rate of adoption has been increased. Now we will compare both of them using major 5 criteria.
1. Programming language used
Flutter – It uses the Dart programming language which was also introduced by Google in 2011 and was rarely used by the developers. Dart syntax is easy to understand for the Java developers. So, it’s easy to start with the Dart as it is great and easy to understand the documentation available on their site.
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2. Technical Architecture
Flutter – It uses the Dart framework which gives you the many inbuilt components and bigger in size and doesn’t require a bridge to communicate with the native modules. Dart provides a lot of frameworks like Design, Material, and Cupertino, that provide all the needed technologies to develop a mobile application.
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Flutter has most of the native components in its framework and doesn’t need a bridge to communicate with the native modules that come with poor performance.
3. Setup and Project Configuration
React Native – In starting React Native assumes that the developer has already done all the setup work for developing the mobile application. There are little bit commands available on the Xcode but that’s not sufficient. The documentation straightly jumps to creating a new project. There is no guide material for Android projects in the React Native document.
Flutter – The guide material of Flutter has detailed information on IDE setup for both the platform Android and iOS. You can easily read all the needed information on the guide material. Above all, Flutter has a CLI tool named flutter doctor that will guide the developer through the setup.
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From the above comparison, it’s clear that the Flutter offers better than the React Native in the documentation, CLI support for the configuration and setup.
4. UI Component and Development API
React Native – It includes fewer components and framework provides UI rendering and device access APIs. React Native has to rely on third parties to access most of the Native modules.
Flutter – In this framework is bundled with UI rendering components, navigation, testing, and device API access. There are rich components that remove the need to use third-party libraries.
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Now Flutter is rich in development APIs and UI components instead of React Native that is too much dependent upon third parties.
5. Developer Productivity
Flutter – It also has the best feature but it’s quite easy to start with the demo application but as the complexity of the application grows, developers has to learn about the few flutter concepts and especially Dart is not a common language and there is a lack of support in many IDEs.
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React Native has got a point as it has great developer support in IDEs. Flutter is nearly new in this but will catch up very soon as the community of Flutter has grown.
The Flutter and React Native both have their pros and cons but in this flutter have come out to be the winner. Some of the experienced developers have said that Flutter has a strong future in the mobile app development company industry. Considering all the above comparison, it shows that Flutter is getting stronger in the development of cross-platform mobile development.