Flutter vs. React Native 2013 What to Choose in 2020?
First, let cover the basic (yet essential) details about Flutter and React Native.
What is Flutter?
- Flutter is a portable UI toolkit. In other words, it is a comprehensive app Software Development Kit (SDK), complete with widgets and tools.
- Flutter enables cross-platform app development. It gives developers an easy way to build and deploy visually attractive, natively-compiled applications for mobile (iOS, Android), web, and desktop 2013 all using a single codebase (source: official Flutter website).
What is React Native?
React Native is an effective framework for:
- Cross-platform development
- Developing applications for both Android and iOS using a single codebase
- Using the same design as React
When to choose Flutter?
2. Your app does not depend too heavily on the platform: If you want to create AR/VR, then you are all probably be better off with native. Do you only want Internet access, Bluetooth, or something like that? I had said you are set!
3. You do not care much about platform UI: You are making a beautiful custom UI with pretty and smooth animations? Go Flutter! Performance is great, and they are going to look the same anywhere you launch. It is possible to maintain two UIs that feel the iOS or Android, but it is not the point of this framework (of course I do not mean things like the position of the navigation bar since it is super easy to write it once and have it change position depending on the platform).
4. You want to save money, but performance matters: Let face it: you are thinking about cross-platform because it saves money shared logic, smaller team for the same scope. Flutter has a web spin-off called Hummingbird that lets you create web apps, but I have neither used it nor researched it is just letting you know it is there.
When to choose to React Native?
1. You already have a strong web team: Chances are your Front End and Full Stack developers already know to React, and they are pretty much the same with a bit changed names of the components on the far bottom. This means that you already got someone with the necessary knowledge that can teach the rest of the team how to avoid common pitfalls, knows how to organize architecture and how to use npm/yarn and manager dependencies.
2. Your app is porting a web app: In this case, you might be better off with w Progressive Web App, but nevertheless, you could create a common module for components used on both the web app and the React Native app.
3. Your app is a content browser: If your application is not really using sensor data or the native APIs from the platforms and the only permission you require is internet access this might be the way to go. Especially if it is light on animations and you do not mind an occasional drop in the performance.
4. Your app is not processing a lot of data: Any I/O operation you want to do has to pass through the bridge. If you are planning to make a lot of round trips, you should look elsewhere, but if that is not the main feature of your application, you are good to go!
So this was the comparison of two of the strongest cross-platform mobile app development frameworks i.e., React Native and Flutter frameworks. We hope that the above-mentioned points will help you in choosing the right app development framework for your next app project.