Flutter as well as React Native is one of the best mobile apps development frameworks and both are from the biggest tech giants facebook and google. Being a mobile apps developer, I’ll let you know about Flutter vs React Native frameworks based on different things. Besides these two frameworks, there are more like Ionic, Xamarin and so on but what’s so special about these two? Follow me in this guide and at the end, you’ll be able to select the best framework for you.
Flutter is a free, open-source mobile application development framework developed and released in May 2017 by Google. It is being used to develop Android as well as iOS applications. The official website for Flutter is https://Flutter.io/ and GitHub link is https://github.com/Flutter/Flutter
On the other hand, React Native is also an open-source free tool to develop mobile applications for both iOS and Android. It is developed by Facebook and released in 2015. The official website for React Native is https://facebook.github.io/react-native/ and the GitHub link is https://github.com/facebook/react-native
The comparison between React Native vs Flutter is being done based on the following things below.
React Native is around longer than Flutter and it is mature than the Flutter, React Native is supported by most of the code editors you want to use to develop applications. If we compare the packages both have, then React Native has 5 times more packages than the Flutter that makes it a comprehensive winner when it comes to the ecosystem. But don’t forget that React Native is around for long as compared to Flutter.
Flutter is a younger player in this battle but growing fast to compete with its rivals like React Native. It has got 1400+ packages that are available in the Dart. The packages are available for the public to use and its supporting community is growing exponentially.
React Native is famous for its fast performance application that nearly matches to native apps performance. So while using React Native to build mobile apps you shouldn’t be worried about the performance issues. However, you can try to improve it as much as possible because fast speed and performance is always a priority in mobile apps.
Moreover, React Native has the capability that you can make a few parts of your application in native languages such as swift, objective C and Java. This lets you develop few parts in native languages and few in React Native to have the excellent performance and speed in your applications.
Flutter framework itself has taken care of the performance aspect therefore same like React Native, you shouldn’t be worried about the performance when you develop apps in Flutter. Same like React Native, fluter also permits you to develop a few modules of your application in native languages to have the best performance.
Writing fast code and save time for other tasks is always a priority of a developer. Using React Native, you can choose to have your favourite editor to code. I like VSCode by Microsoft because there are a lot of extensions that make it easier for me to develop apps faster.
Moreover, React Native got a lot of prebuilt components to reuse, using those you can save a lot of your time. Besides the prebuilt components, there is a “Hot Reload” which is a special feature allows you to reload your application instantly without recompilation of the application. A developer’s productivity is increased in this way that the app can be simply hot reloaded, there is more you can do with this fast framework.
Same like React Native, hot reload feature is available in Flutter as well, not only that, there are many widgets APIs that you can use in Flutter to boost your work significantly. You can save your time a lot of time building applications to concentrate on other main aspects.
The documentation of both Flutter and React Native are thorough enough explanatory that makes it easier for the developers to learn it through official documentation instead of going elsewhere.
React Native got huge community support that is growing as well as helping others to sort out problems. If we take a look at Github stats, there it got 66,000 plus stars and 1700 plus contributors who are constantly working to improve the React Native. If while learning you want to ask some question you can get the help from then industry experts community.
Flutter hasn’t got a huge community as React Native but it isn’t a small one either if I tell you about the Github stats, there it has got 30,000 plus stars and 200 plus contributors who are working to make it a better framework for mobile applications development. Expert developers in the community are also active in the QA sessions so you can have the expert’s help for free there.