A Technical Comparison of Flutter and React Native
Posted By : Dipshikha Bharali | 10-Jun-2020
Technological advancements over recent years brought significant changes to the mobile app development landscape, undermining the traditional approach of developing platforms-specific apps. With the availability of several cross-platform frameworks, developers can now build a single app that would work on multiple platforms. As a result, it accelerates the development process, and developers can build a cross-platform app using the same codebase.
Cross-Platform App Development technologies are becoming increasingly popular because they ensure agile development and less resource deployment. The two most popular cross-platform mobile app development frameworks are React Native and Flutter. In this blog post, we’ll have a detailed comparison between these two frameworks. Subsequently, you can examine the best-suited mobile app development framework for your business. We’ll compare the two frameworks based on the following parameters:
- Programming Language
- Technical Architecture
Flutter app development services use Dart-based programming. The framework enjoys the benefit of several in-built components, so it’s bigger in size and does not require the bridge to communicate with native modules. Flutter uses the Skia C++ engine which has all the protocols, compositions, and channels.
Flutter is installed by downloading the binary for a specific platform from Github. In the case of macOS, an additional flutter.zip file needs to be downloaded and added as a PATH variable.
In terms of installation, both React Native and Flutter lack one-liner installation with native package managers for a specific OS. But Flutter installation involves an additional step for adding binary to PATH and downloading it from the source code. On the contrary, React Native is installed by using package managers and does not involve downloading the binary from source.
Thus, in this case, Flutter clearly has an upper hand over React Native.
React Native provides general documentation that you can use. But it is rather disorganized and clumsy. Moreover, it depends on external development kits quite extensively.
Flutter, however, offers documentation that is very detailed and hence it is very helpful and thorough. It provides efficiently organized documentation which simplifies the job of the app developers.
Flutter’s thorough and seamless documentation obviously gives it leverage.
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React Native and Flutter both have their pros and cons but the real intention here is to fill the gap between the two platforms, iOS and Android.
On the other side, if you are looking for a rapid cross-platform mobile development framework with strong documentation backing it, Flutter is the choice of framework for you. It offers customizable UI and ensures a fast development and outstanding performance which makes it an ideal mobile app development framework.
Hence the final choice for cross-platform mobile app development framework depends on your business requirements and future goals.
Why choose Oodles Technologies for Mobile App Development?
We are a Flutter app development company that provides end-to-end mobile app development services using Flutter and React Native. At Oodles, we have gained extensive experience in building successful native and cross-platform mobile apps. Our development team is skilled at using the popular mobile app development frameworks like React Native and Flutter to build competent cross-platform applications.