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Crosswalk vs React Native: What are the differences?

What is Crosswalk? Replace Android’s default WebView with Crosswalk, a predictable web runtime for developing powerful Android and Cordova apps. Crosswalk is a web runtime for ambitious HTML5 applications. All the features of a modern browser, deep device integration and an API for adding native extensions.

What is React Native? A framework for building native apps with React. React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.

Crosswalk and React Native can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by Crosswalk are:

  • Develop around device fragmentation
  • Provide a feature rich experience on all Android 4.x devices
  • Easily debug with Chrome DevTools

On the other hand, React Native provides the following key features:

  • Native iOS Components
  • Asynchronous Execution
  • Touch Handling

Crosswalk and React Native are both open source tools. It seems that React Native with 78.8K GitHub stars and 17.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Crosswalk with 2.17K GitHub stars and 569 GitHub forks.

What is Crosswalk?

Crosswalk is a web runtime for ambitious HTML5 applications. All the features of a modern browser, deep device integration and an API for adding native extensions

What is React Native?

React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.

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    What are some alternatives to Crosswalk and React Native?
    Ionic
    Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
    Xamarin
    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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    Review ofReact NativeReact Native

    Native iOS developer here. One of the most important thing React Native managed to accomplish is that it created a better single-platform development experience than the platform owner themselves did. It's faster and easier to develop a react native app than it is to develop an iOS app. And remember that react native is at the end of the day still native. So native views, native components, native modules. You get to pick and choose how much you want to be in JavaScript and how much you want to be in native.

    How developers use Crosswalk and React Native
    Avatar of Kurzor, s.r.o.
    Kurzor, s.r.o. uses React NativeReact Native

    React Native is great in that it reduces the overhead of writing native code based on a web app. If written in a good style, Redux part of the app can often just be copied or shared in the Native app - and it just works! What a timesaver.

    Avatar of Ryan VanBelkum
    Ryan VanBelkum uses React NativeReact Native

    The framework used to write the mobile apps in this project. I've chosen this because of the "write once run all" (ios and android) mentality.

    Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
    AmericanBibleSociety uses React NativeReact Native

    We are not currently using this product but we have very high interest in learning and using this for mobile apps.

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    Down to Chill uses CrosswalkCrosswalk

    Used to implement the webview on Android to make it look and feel native (it replaces Cordova's webview)

    Avatar of JINJA Ltd.
    JINJA Ltd. uses React NativeReact Native

    New features of our app are developed on React Native, so we could maintain a small dev team.

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    Tana uses React NativeReact Native

    100% of our mobile codebase is shared between iOS and Android. Using along with TypeScript.

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