Mobile applications have a pivotal role in the success of any company and hence have become an inseparable part of the business. In the past, companies struggled to develop applications for multiple platforms with different technologies and different teams. Since the dream of every company is to release its application in both Play Store as well as AppStore faster and using a single language, cross platforms are gaining popularity over time. In 2020 the major market players among the cross-platform applications which include Flutter and React native are creating a spark in the digital world. Both of the applications have their limitations and merits which makes them equally apt for their use in 2020. In this article, we will compare and contrast the features of both Flutter and React Native which will help you to decide the best framework for your application.
What is React Native and Flutter?
On the other hand, Flutter released in 2017 is relatively young when compared to React Native. Flutter is a portable UI software development kit created by Google for creating applications for mobile, web and desktop using the same codebase.
We will compare them using the following criteria:
- User Interface
- Productivity and Support
- Learning curve
- Talent Hiring
According to stack overflow, react native is the most trending language as it has been in the market for more years than flutter. On the other hand, flutter has turned out to be a more loved framework than react native and since it is gaining fame within a few years, it has got better chances of being the most popular in the future. React Native and Flutter are backed by major corporations Facebook and Google, who heavily invested in these frameworks making them the best solutions to build cross-platform applications.
In case of React Native, it provides just UI rendering but in order to make an interactive and sophisticated user interface, additional support of the third-party libraries are inevitable. This makes the React Native highly dependent on the third-party libraries. Flutter consists of widgets- material design widgets and Cupertino widgets packed inside itself which makes them completely independent of third-party libraries. Flutter apps will remain consistent in terms of looks and functionality in every platform.
Productivity and Support:
Hot reloading is a feature that allows the developers to view all the changes made them in real-time on the screen without losing the state of the app. Both react native and flutter provides this feature to enhance the efficiency of the developer.
React native developers have greater job opportunities than that of Flutter developers as React native has been around for a couple of years more than the flutter. Moreover react native developers are also React developers and since React is the most popular front end framework, job opportunities gradually increase. But we cant come to the conclusion that flutter will have less demand as it is a newbie and with some years of experience its demand might rise.
Popular apps using React Native
Popular apps using Flutter