Last week, we wrote our first post about Flutter. In that article, we covered the basics: we explained what Flutter is, when it was created (by whom and why), why it’s so hot among mobile app developers right now, and why our team loves it.
Of course, our previous blog post has only scratched the surface. There is so much more to say and share about this free, open-source tool for coding and creating native apps for Android and iOS.
So, just like last week, we’re going to keep the focus on Flutter and explain how it compares to its biggest rival, React Native.
Since mobile phone usage is increasing every year and now the highest rate of web traffic is generated via mobile devices, every respectable customer-facing business in the world is thinking about building a modern mobile app that will enable them to respond to the shift in the customers’ behavior and provide them with a favorable experience.
So, if you’re planning to invest in the creation of a mobile app, you need to be 100% sure which cross-platform development technology fits your business needs and budget.
There’s a plethora of frameworks to choose from but Flutter and React Native have emerged as absolute leaders in the industry.
Of course, determining which one of these two solutions is better for your project is never a simple task.
Both Flutter and React Native come with their own benefits and limitations. Regardless of the type of project, there’s always a ton of pros and cons on the list that make choosing one over the other a total gamble.
However, since we at Share It have created a lot of mobile apps with Flutter and React Native, we feel like we have some authority on this topic to help you understand how to analyze these frameworks and figure out which one to choose for your app.
So, without further ado, Let’s start with the basic overview of both frameworks and carry forward with more granular information.
Bluntly speaking, Flutter and React Native are highly powerful and feature-rich open-source frameworks.
Both of these support the concept of one codebase for multiple operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, and more) and ensure fast coding and bug fixing.
Here the high-level information for both solutions:
Just by reading these summaries, you’ll notice that both Flutter and React Native are maintained and supported by two different tech giants. This, of course, means that different philosophies stand behind each solution:
The core reason behind creating Flutter was to enable developers to build beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop with a single codebase. Despite being a new kid on the block, Flutter ranks high. It has acquired 94.9 stars on Github and has fueled the creation of renowned apps like: Google Ads app, the Hamilton Broadway Musical app, Alibaba, eBay, Square, and more.
Even though Flutter and React Native share a lot of the same values, there are a couple of key differentiators to keep in mind when making your decision to go for either of these two frameworks:
Why is this good? For instance, A statically typed language is generally considered much safer since it forces you to declare and use the correct data type. For example, you can’t assign a number to a string; doing so would throw an error.
With Native React, everything is built from scratch and compatibility can become an issue.
Both solutions use CSS Flexbox for building a layout. What’s really different here is how they implement it.
From a performance side of things, Flutter and React Native are pretty close together. Both solutions are open-sourced, well-maintained, and they use hot reloading so you can make changes and see them instantly.
So, having said that, it’s fair to say that there’s no clear winner here. Both Flutter and React have their pros and cons. Plainly speaking, the choice will boil down to your experience, goals, and budget for your project.
However, if you’re looking for better performance and stability and a more cohesive environment between ecosystems, you should definitely go with Flutter.
We at Share IT have been developing a lot of mobile apps with Flutter and we love it! If you’re interested in learning more about this framework and you need someone to help you bring your new mobile app to life - don’t hesitate to reach out!
We can make any type of mobile app with Flutter for you!