Flutter vs React Native : A developer’s point of view
Current world witnesses mobile phones being the epithet of the “soul of man”. In such a world, when it comes to mobile application development, giants like Facebook, Google, Myntra, Airbnb and others rush and jostle against each other to offer their potential customers apps with superlative user interfaces, outstanding user experience, compatibility with multiple platforms and apps those are faster to develop. Most of the companies look for options to build mobile apps for various platforms with faster speed and using lesser resources as possible.
In the meanwhile, innovation and technology came up with Flutter and React Native as business solutions. React Native and Flutter, engineered by Facebook and Google respectively, are two cross-platform mobile application development technologies creating a lot of buzz.
Previously, people used to work out apps separately for the two platforms: iOS and Android. Android developers use Kotlin or Java and iOS developers used Xcode or Swift, which required engineers to have the knowledge of two entirely different sets of technologies. This is where cross-platform solutions are prioritised over the native solutions so that people can build apps for both iOS and Android much faster using a single language. These two technologies, React Native and Flutter, serve the very purpose of developing cross-platform apps with a single codebase.
These two technologies also include the latest Hot Reloading. Hot Reloading is something in which you can make changes to the code while running the program and hit reload. The change will be accepted and executed without restarting the program.
- Looks: Once you write a component in the React Native, it automatically adopts the native look for either the Android or the iOS and the programmer doesn’t have to write much code.
In this, there is no ‘bridge’. This is because Flutter is compiled in machine level code. Dart is a language that communicates the least with the operating system and handles things like painting, animation, gestures all by itself. This gives a hike in its performance and speed. No bridging will be required to run 60 frames per second in an animation. This is where flutter overcomes React Native.
- Tech Support: Being a new technology, one of the problems faced by flutter is that, right now, it cannot offer much support as the Flutter developer’s community is too small as compared to the React Native. So the developer may face a lack of support while working on Flutter.
- Though the industry adaptation for React Native is huge, Google is finding ways to promote and support Flutter and to establish it in the near future. Google’s new operating system for its mobile phones, Fuchsia OS, will only accept apps developed in Flutter SDK. More and more start ups are looking into it.