React Native Vs Flutter : Comparison

React Native and Flutter has become one of the most trending technologies for Mobile Application Development in 2019. Both the technologies are built by leading tech giants. Flutter is backed by google and React Native by Facebook.

Due to the increasing usage of mobile applications. app development is becoming a buzz. Almost every tech company need to have mobile app development team to remain competitive among other tech companies. iOS and Android has given native tools. Such as Xcode and Swift for iOS, Android Studio and Kotlin for Android to develop applications for their platform.

However, this requires the developers to learn separate languages to each specific platform and it’s time consuming to develop both applications separately. As a result, tech companies have moved from native development to Cross- Platform development to build apps for both iOS and Android quicker with less time using single code base.

Flutter

Flutter is Google's mobile SDK for develop high quality applications on iOS and Android. It's a reactive, Open Source development framework. Flutter is the primary method to create applications for Google Fuchsia.

Programming Language - Dart

Flutter uses Dart programming language to build cross-platform applications. Dart is not a popular programming language among the developers but it's very easy to understand for Java developers as it supports most of the object-oriented concepts. Here's the documentation for Dart.

Architecture

Flux and Redux are the two main patterns used in React native applications. Both Flux and Redux have actions. Actions can be compared to events. In Flux, an action is a simple JavaScript object, and that’s the default case in Redux too.These frameworks are about unidirectional data flow and storing your application’s state in one central place called Store, and make your app components as stateless as possible.

Community Support

Flutter gained a lot of attention when Google promoted it in 2017. The Flutter community is growing rapidly so far, meetups and conferences are taking place online. yet, there are still not enough resources for developers to solve common issues.

React Native

React Native is an open-source mobile application framework created by Facebook to develop application for for Android, iOS and UWP (Universal Windows Platform).It's a JavaScript framework for writing real, natively rendering mobile applications.

Programming Language - JavaScript

React Native uses JavaScript to build cross-platform applications. Javascript is widely used by many web developers.It is commonly used with React and other popular JavaScript frameworks. Javascript is very easy to master, which helps react native developers to develop mobile application with a little bit of training. With this in mind, companies adopted React Native as a no-brainer.

Architecture

Flutter uses BLOC pattern. Its a state management system for Flutter recommended by Google developers. It helps in managing state and make access of data from a central place in your project.

Community Support

React Native launched in 2015 and has gained in popularity ever since. There is a active community of React Native developers on GitHub and lots of meetups and conferences around the world.

Flutter vs. React Native: Differences

Let's look at some of the key differences between react native and flutter in a nutshell.

Technology Flutter React Native
Founded / Created By Google Facebook
Programming Language Dart Javascript
Architecture BLOC Flux
Native Performance Faster Good
Learning Curve Quite steep, you need to learn Dart. Easy to pick up, especially if you used Javascript before
Live Reload Supported Supported
Initial Release May 2017 Jan 2015
Github Repo flutter/flutter facebook/react-native