Google Flutter Vs React Native

Years back, it was always at the top of a developer’s wish list to use a single code base for different mobile app development platforms. Thanks to Facebook and Google who make this wish true.How? Let me tell you..

In 2015, Facebook launched an app development framework called “React Native” which is a cross platform. You can use single code base for different app development platforms like Android, IOS(Although in android these special features can be unlocked using SuperSU Zip which actually roots the phone.).It got high popularity among the app development companies as it boosts their revenue.

“By the end of year 2022, the global mobile app development market will reach 100 billion USD.”

But in the May 2017, this popularity got a dent when Google launched its platform independent framework named as“Flutter”. In just 2 months, it makes its place in the development market. It became the tough competition for React Native because of its pretty cool features and usability. In this post, we are going to explore the difference between these two frameworks.

React Native vs Google Flutter

1.   Programming Language Used

The main benefit of platform independent framework is using single code for both app development platforms i.e. Android and IOS. Same language can be used for both the platforms.

  • React Native

React Native is based on JavaScript.JavaScript is a common programming language which can also be used with the other programming frameworks like for web development. It makes the use of React Native easy as JS is already famous among developers. And also, with the help of React Native, web developers are also capable of developing mobile app after a small training.

  • Google Flutter
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Google introduced its own programming language Dart in 2011 which is based on JavaScript and Java. It is quite easy for those who have skills in JavaScript and Java. Flutter is totally based on the Dart language. It also has widgets to make the UI catchy making the development process easier. Developers can get complete documentation to learn this language.

2.   Development of Mobile App

After programming language, next main factor is how easy to develop an app with these frameworks.

  • React Native

To get started with React Native,you need to download create-react-native-app package. The cool thing is that it provides Expo integration. It means you do not need wire to run your code on your mobile. You just need to scan QR code appearing on the console. It also provides some widgets like Flutter but not more. It uses its own set of components through React Native library.

  • Flutter

To run Flutter, you are required to download the Flutter packages. The key point of Flutter is widgets which makes it more attractive. It has a number of widgets to implement the concepts of material design. In React, we have classes and functional components and on the other side, Flutter has stateless and stateful widgets. Flutter is supported by Android Studio, IntelliJ etc. It gives Hot Reload feature means you can see all the changes of code directly in the app.

3.   Stability

Stability is also one of the main factors to check before embedding the framework.

  • React Native

React Native has a good stability since it comes in the market. It is still the best framework for the companies who work for big and complex projects.

  • Flutter
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At this point, Flutter was seemed a little bit behind from the React as only alpha version was launched by the Google in beginning. And, it is not yet compatible for the large scale projects. But as Google has launched its beta version also, it will give a full competition to React in this scenario also.

  • Architecture

Let’s check out the work architecture of both frameworks.

  • React Native

React uses Flux architecture. For the client side web development, Facebook uses Flux. Here, view part is managed by React Native where Flux takes care of the MVC model.

  • Flutter

Inspired from Reflux JS and Flux,Dart architecture is also unidirectional. W_Flux is modified to make it different for React and to use in Google Flutter.

  • Documentation

To learn any new technology, you need to go through its documentation completely.

  • React Native

Its documentation is quite user friendly which explains each and everything like how to use it and how to install and use components. And, also guide is available for platform specific components.

  • Flutter

Flutter also has good documentation but it is quite difficult for non-technical user. But it is very helpful for developers as everything is cleared with code examples.

Conclusion

After the discussion of both the frameworks, we know that both of them have their own key features. Flutter is new in market but still it is giving a tough competition to React Native with interesting potential. Companies are moving ahead with Google Flutter to grow their business strength. These frameworks are in trend these days which are providing opportunity to mobile app developers for building something cool and unique.