React Native vs. Flutter: Which Is the Best Cross-Platform App Development Framework?
In this article, we’ll compare React Native vs. Flutter in terms of market share, learning curve, performance, code maintainability, and user experience.
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In today’s ever-evolving digital world, having a functional and powerful mobile app has become mandatory for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Choosing the right technology framework is vital for building a successful mobile application, be it iOS or Android.
The purpose of this post is to help you identify the right cross-platform app development framework by comparing important factors like performance, user experience, ease of development, convenience, learning curve, as well as many other factors. This blog post will provide a detailed comparison of React Native vs. Flutter.
Both React Native and Flutter are proving to be viable options for the development of cross-platform mobile applications. However, each of them comes with a range of advantages as well as limitations.
Introduction to React Native
Introduction to Flutter
Created by Google, Flutter is also an open-source mobile UI framework widely used to develop native applications. Flutter is now commonly addressed in the form of the enhanced user interface toolkit that utilizes the norms for building a cross-platform application with the help of the single code base. It also provides accessibility to the development of an expressive as well as flexible user interface that drives native performance. In addition to all these, you will find that Flutter is also quite compatible with the native ARM machine course that uses the default native compilers.
Popular Apps Developed With React Native and Flutter
Some of the most amazing applications that have been already built with the help of React Native include Bloomberg, Scope, Myntra, Discord, Instagram, and Uber Eats, to name a few.
There are plenty of innovative applications that use Flutter; some of them are Google Ads, Alibaba, Hamilton, Musically, Coach Yourself, Reflectly, and Hookle.
Market Share: React Native vs. Flutter
According to the Statistica’s survey report of global developers, approximately one-third of mobile application developers use cross-platform frameworks while the rest work with native technologies. The percentage of the React Native developers is around 42% of all cross-platform application developers. React Native 0.60 is the latest stable version of the platform.
At present, the market share of React Native is 11.71% for business and industry websites, 15.79% for social media websites, 9.40% for entertainment websites, and 6.19% for other internet sites.
On the other hand, there are around 50 million downloads, with around ten million active users every day of Fluter.
Learning Curve: React Native vs. Flutter
Performance: React Native vs. Flutter
React Native works well with marginally more memory-hungry native applications. On the other hand, Flutter’s base memory usage is around 50% higher compared to native applications.
Flutter applications also come much closer to matching the native applications along with CPU usage. It is good to remember that the Native React application is still struggling to stay at 30% of CPU utilization.
Code Maintainability: React Native vs. Flutter
Upgrading and debugging code is a bit painful in React Native. It starts interfering with the logic of the app and thus slows down the performance of the overall application. React Native has native components with the third-party library dependency. When the third-party library components require maintenance, sometimes they also impact the performance of the ongoing application.
On the contrary, the code maintenance of the Flutter application is quite convenient. It is so easy to spot issues while crossing the external tools and implementing the third-party libraries with heads. There is a loading feature that immediately resolves issues while making changes in the Flutter app. These entities are also better compared to React Native.
User Experience: React Native vs. Flutter Comparing
React Native is known for offering the best user experience. Readymade React Native UI Kits and some valuable components like scroll view fixed header, pagination components, activity indicators, and snap carousels are a great help for enhancing the overall UX across multi-platform.
Flutter also has elements, tools, customized widgets, and layered architecture to offer a rich user experience. Once you are comfortable with Animation Builder, Stream Builder, and Future Builder, then the sky is the limit to customize your UI. When it comes to user experience comparison, Flutter has always been given the first preference because it required less code.
React Native is an ideal framework if you would like to build native as well as cross-platform applications. But if your application requires multiple iterations or if you are planning to build an MVP, then Flutter is a great choice.
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