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Flutter Vs. React Native: Which Is The Best?

The primary clash remains among the user's priority

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Google, which is behind Flutter trying to invade slowly the kingdom that React Native owns. Cross-platform app development is creating the buzz owing to its capability of developing apps that could be used on a host of platforms. There are a number of cross-platform app development frameworks worth comparing but our take for today’s write-up is Flutter Vs. React Native.

We had React Native introduced by Facebook. Just after its release, the framework soon become a favorite to many app development companies owing to a number of benefits it offers. The app development language got an overwhelming response from developers for years but after the launch of Google’s Flutter, the rage of Native apps has slowed down gradually.

Google’s Flutter helps develop cross-platform apps with ease and that is a reason behind the popularity of this language. Flutter is beautiful to create native applications.

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And the reason why Google has invested into the framework is the market related to cross-platform app development is expected to reach $7.5 billion by this year and Google is wishing to take the lion’s share home by introducing Flutter as a way to develop such apps.

Flutter Vs React Native: The Comparison Chart

comparison chart of Flutter and React nativ

Critical differences between Flutter and React Native

Performance

A fair comparison of these frameworks precisely on the performance basis gives us insightful results. The app developers who are well aware of these languages will surely agree with my point of rewarding Google Flutter with some extra points. Flutter has the edge over its competitors because of Dart (the framework). Moreover, the Javascript blanket helps to connect with native components more easily.

In React Native there is something that every newbie needs to know, the RN architect is comprised of two parts: Javascript language and native components. This means every app built using React Native uses the JS, but in order to use native components like audio, GPS, and OEM widgets it requires a JS bridge. The bridge converts the JS variables to native ones and enables the app to use them efficiently. However, this additional task slows down the React Native. While in flutter its architecture didn't require any bridge for using the native components and built fast working, native looking apps. Flutter is capable of running the animations on 60 frames per second. Although you can also use animations at the same speed in React Native but need to use specific libraries there.

The Verdict- Using React Native for hybrid apps makes it a bit complicated for the app developers to run smoothly through architect, library, and native components.  So, the point goes in the favour of Flutter

Flutter, on the other hand, makes it easy for the developers to reuse existing code. The C++ engine also backs the language, and that gives it bounty points.

We declare Flutter the winner on the basis of performance.

Hot Reload

The feature is shared by both platforms, and if you don't know about this, it is the feature that saves the developer from recoiling the app by using the same command again and again. The Hot Reload automatically recompile the app where changes made to file, or you connect a new gadget. Besides, the feature also helps the developer by preserving the last state of the app. Hence, both React Native and Flutter offers the feature to make things easier for the developers.

Creating the UI Blocks

When it comes to creating the blocks for the user interface, there is a massive gap between React Native and Flutter. Reactive Native is based on native components and the case with Flutter is entirely different. It works exceptionally well with the sets of Proprietary Widgets. The case with Proprietary Widgets is quite exciting. It helps to get comprehensively customized UI designs with good interoperability with additional native support.

Additionally, there are some drawbacks as well. Talking about Cupertino library, it lacks iOS-styled form components. And that is a big issue among the developers. With React Native, the user experience is much better.

The Verdict- Since working with React Native smoothens the process, React Native wins the race for this section against Flutter.

Documentation & Toolkit

Google has the upper hand in documentation as it is known how to precisely provide the documentation in the most convenient way for the developers to use Flutter. On the other to learn the React Native one has depended on the external development kit and you have to find the documentation for each one.

The process of tooling along with documentation is an extended one. And when it comes to documentation, Flutter makes it easier to go through the procedure. It further makes it easier for the developers to use the same when documenting their application. So, there is no doubt about Flutter being an impressive choice against its counterpart.

Documentation with React Native is a bit clumsy. Additionally, this language misses a number of components that are quite important to smoothen the process.

The comparison regarding tooling brings a tough competition between the two frameworks. Flutter has wide IDEs and tools having React Native support. Its compatibility with Visual Studio Code, Android Studio etc. adds more to the prominence of Flutter framework..

The Verdict- For this section, the competition remains the same between Flutterand React Native, and thus we give equal points to both of them.

Development Time Required

The bouquet of companies emerged these days have proved their excellence in providing on-time delivery of projects and React Native has remained one of the best companions for all these companies. This framework reduces the time-frame of developing applications, adds more to the user interface and takes less time in developing the projects.

Comparatively, Flutter is new and takes a considerable time to develop projects if we talk about this framework in this particular regard. React Native has ready-to-use components that help speed up the app development landscape quite smoothly for the developers. Flutter also promises high-end usability, but the framework for the app development needs to get more recognition.

The verdict- The round basis of development time required for the projects is easily won by React Native.

Clientele

The popularity of React Native needs no mention. It was and still it is one of the most promising frameworks for the developers of all age. It has got all the required components important for accomplishing the project of any size. Talking particularly about the number of Clientele of this popular framework, it has got some big names including Skype, Facebook, Tesla, Airbnb, Instagram, Walmart and many more.

Since Flutter has been launched a few years ago, it is still trying to make its presence felt in the industry. As a framework it is still making its base, it will take some time to gather the momentum. At present, only a Hamilton app is what it has in the store to display. However, as the time progresses, it will surely add major brands in its list.

The verdict- This one is unarguably won by React Native

Code structure

Flutter seems to be more non-conventional is this aspect as it doesn't separate the style, data, and templates for developers. This means to build a layout in Flutter you don't require any particular language like JSX and XML or any visual tool. Flutter let you do everything including the UI by twitter, and almost all the required tools are easily accessible from the same locations. This approach helps in saving time and making it, more convenient by eliminating the need to switch between different mode in Flutter. On the other side, React Native lags behind in the race in this comparison.

The Verdict- Flutter won this round

Community

React native is older than Flutter, and it has big names under its roof like Walmart, Discovery VR, Adidas Glitch, Wix and much more apps that are built on RN. For instance the community of React native and the developers following it larger than Flutter. However, Flutter is growing at supersonic speed, and if the framework continues to hold the pace, it will overcome  React Native in the coming time.

  React Native Flutter
Github Stars 68,854 37,773
Stack Overflow questions 38,296 5,661
Github contributors 1,730 252

The Verdict- React native is a winner

Stability

The stability is one of the most prominent aspects when it comes to developing an application. And the competition seems a tough one here. Flutter was lacking behind the competition a bit since it had only Alpha version. The version is not suitable for large projects. However, last year, Google announced Flutter beta 2, which offers impressive beta tools to developers.

React Native enjoys supports from a huge community and is quite stable right from its release. As Flutter is still making its place in the app development industry, React Native seems to be the winner for this section.

The verdict- The stability goes in the favor of React Native.

Quick comparison

quick comparison of Flutter and React Nativ

What’s Your Call?

Here comes the end to an extended comparison between React Native and Flutter. And both the contenders have some bonus points for them. Additionally, both the frameworks have their set of pros and cons, which makes it quite tough for me to decide the winner.

Flutter is still new and needs to travel miles to compete successfully with React Native. Practically speaking React Native seems to lead the race for now and it would get much earlier to declare a winner right now. Flutter has an impressive future, which may outshine its counterpart in future.  

Neha Baluni
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Neha Baluni

Being a Senior Technical Writer at MobileAppDaily, Neha Baluni loves jotting down her piece of opinion for the advancing technology in mobile app world. Having a journalism background, she is a writer by day and a reader by night. Her passion for writing covers different categories of technical and non-technical genre. In addition to writing, Neha loves traveling a lot.

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