Google is behind Flutter trying to invade slowly the kingdom 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.
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.
The Comparison Chart
Let’s get deeper into the comparison to know the critical differences between Flutter and React Native.
The Comparison on the Performance Basis
React Native, on the other hand, has had a huge following but the developers know the pain when it comes to building hybrid applications. But, in case of Native applications, the framework fits exceptionally well with the requirements. The framework makes it seamless for developers to create an app having Native landscape.
The Verdict on the Basis of Performance
Using React Native for hybrid apps makes it a bit complicated for developers to run smoothly through architect, library, and native components.
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.
Comparison on the Basis of 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 on the Basis of UI Blocks
Since working with React Native smoothens the process, React Native wins the race for this section against the Google candidate.
Comparison on the Tooling basis
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 the framework.
The Verdict on the Basis of Documentation & Toolkit
For this section, the competition remains the same between both of these frameworks and thus we give equal points to both of them.
Comparison on the Basis of 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 on the basis of development time required for the projects is easily won by React Native.
Comparison on the Basis of 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 on the basis of Clientele is unarguably won by React Native.
Comparison on the Basis of 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 industry, React Native seems to be the winner for this section.
The verdict on the basis of stability goes in the favor of React Native.
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.