According to statistics, in 2020, mobile apps are expected to make around 188.9 billion. In 2018, the total number of worldwide app downloads exceeded 205 billion. Interestingly enough, the prediction is that the total number of app downloads will exceed 258.2 billion in 2020. Here we notice, mobile apps’ popularity is increasing day by day. Apps have become an essential part of daily life. Nowadays, there is an app for almost everything.
Cross-Platform –What is it?
React Native and Flutter
Flutter and React Native are two successful and popular cross-platform technologies. It’s really hard to pick up on between the two. So, we often wonder, which platform would be the best for our business so, let’s go through a brief summary of both platforms and also its pros and cons.
React native is a cross-app development framework, which was developed by Facebook in 2013. The world saw the first public preview of react native, in 2015. Since then, it is known as one of the most popular frameworks. It ranks GitHub among the top three trendiest repositories’. Mark Zuckerberg himself once said,
“The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML as opposed to native.”
This statement shows what a gem React Native is! Well-known corporate giants like Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Bloomberg, Pinterest, Skype, Tesla, Vogue, Wix, and UberEats use React Native. When companies like these (mentioned above) trust React native, undoubtedly, it becomes a very big deal. Now we will explore some pros and cons of the React Native
Pros of React Native:
- React native allows web developers with both cross-platform deployment plus deployment to the mobile phone web as an advanced web app with the same code.
- React Native uses the distinct native UI element.
- React Native lets you develop the component in JSX; this lets XML-like elements be used directly in the code.
- Anyone can use the indistinguishable code-base to develop applications for iOS, Android, and Windows phones.
- React Native is very easy to maintain even If you have complicated projects which follow a stricter design pattern.
- It provides more stability.
- It has a vast and active community.
- It offers optimum quality plus sustainability.
- It reduces costs.
- Easy to use.
- It is open-source, free and fast.
- It lets customized code reusability.
- It has GitHub stars 66k and GitHub contributors 1694.
Cons of React Native
- You can face some issues in the process of changing HTML code to native code,
- You may need a separate code for iOS or native app.
- It was originally created for iOS, so some components for Android may need work from your end
- Fragile UI.
Flutter is an open-source modern development kit created by Google which will enable the development of mobile phone app for iOS, Android, and Google Fuchsia; a fresh platform developed by search engine giant Google.
Well-known companies or different institutions like Alibaba, Reflecting, Hamilton Musical, Jd finance, Abbey road studios app, or Google greentea use flutter.
Pros of Flutter:
- The documentation is rich.
- It is hot reload so the developers can monitor all the alterations they have made to the code,
- It is suitable for an MVP.
- It enhances overall performance plus app startup time.
- It provides access to native features.
- It’s easily learnable.
- Hot reload.
- It’s up to 50% less testing.
- The designs of the flutter framework are commendable.
- It has 35k Github stars.
- Flutter permits overwriting the code. So, you can recycle your code.
- Flutter provides a rich set of customized widgets.
- It’s open-source free and fast.
- Flutter provides the app developers a good control over the system.
- It makes communication easier.
Con of Flutter
- Flutter is not backed by a web browser. You can use it only in mobile applications.
- It has a lack of third party libraries.
- Few topics in integrating with a native external library.
- It has a middle-sized community but no as rich as React native.
Flutter and React Native are two finest frameworks that are used for cross-platform mobile application development. They both have a lot of pros and a few cons. As we go through the brief description of flutter and react native, also comparisons of the pros and cons of both frameworks, I am sure; you can pick up the right one for you. However, I am of opinion that, if you require excellent native performance, richly striking UI and the advantage of using DART, then flutter is the perfect choice for you.
At last, we would like to wish you the best of luck with your project.