Since native app development is time-consuming and costly, cross-platform apps conquer the market. Major cross-platform tools for the years now are Facebook’s React Native and Google’s Flutter. The comparisons between these two big corporate babies spread all over the internet, let us add another drop to the ocean.
A brief history
In 2018 Google came out with Flutter, which gave exactly the same opportunity as React Native: one codebase for multiple platforms. Although it works differently as Flutter uses a bunch of custom widgets.
Within the following years, Flutter showed impressive growth and beat React Native in terms of popularity. It has more stars on GitHub, more developers express interest in learning Flutter.
So, Flutter is more popular, does it mean it is better than React Native?
No, both technologies work equally well in their own way.
Both are open-sourced and free to use, supported by giants and loyal developer communities. Both tools reduce time-to-market immensely, showing great performance and a hassle-free development process resulting in smooth and well-performing apps. Both have their powers and drawbacks.
Created by Facebook, open-sourced in 2015
Significantly reduces time-to-market and the cost of development respectively, because one codebase can be used for iOS, Android, web and Windows10 apps
It is easy to learn and supported by a vast, mature community
Clear documentation, versatile libraries and add-ons
Created by Google, open-sourced in 2018
Based on Dart language
Time to market is as fast as with React Native, single codebase can be used for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, as well as popular web browsers
Rapidly growing community
Rich widget library
If you dig deeper into technical details, there will be blood. Some developers would say Flutter is faster, others would argue that React Native gives a more native feeling to the app as it uses native UI elements of the platforms. It’s all about human nature: if you made a choice then it is the best choice, right?
We won’t dive into meticulous comparison, and we won’t quote our developer’s praising React Native. Because although the developer’s experience is quite different, from a business owner's perspective, it’s pretty much the same. Except for the one main thing – hiring.
Basically, it all comes to a workforce market