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Expo vs Onsen UI: What are the differences?

Developers describe Expo as "Making React Native Easier". Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript. On the other hand, Onsen UI is detailed as "HTML5 Hybrid Mobile App UI Framework - work with Angular, React, Vue, Meteor & pure JavaScript. Material & Flat design". Onsen UI helps you develop both hybrid and web apps. If developing hybrid apps, you can use it with the Cordova / PhoneGap command line, or with Monaca tools (CLI, Monaca IDE - cloud-based IDE for Cordova, Localkit - desktop GUI).

Expo and Onsen UI can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Expo and Onsen UI are both open source tools. It seems that Onsen UI with 7.47K GitHub stars and 866 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Expo with 6.55K GitHub stars and 748 GitHub forks.

What is Expo?

Exponent lets web developers build truly native apps that work across both iOS and Android by writing them once in just JavaScript.

What is Onsen UI?

Onsen UI helps you develop both hybrid and web apps. If developing hybrid apps, you can use it with the Cordova / PhoneGap command line, or with Monaca tools (CLI, Monaca IDE - cloud-based IDE for Cordova, Localkit - desktop GUI).
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        Decisions about Expo and Onsen UI
        Sezgi Uluçam
        Sezgi Uluçam
        Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 72.1K views
        Android SDK
        Android SDK
        Android Studio
        Android Studio
        React Native
        React Native
        Xcode
        Xcode
        Expo
        Expo

        I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

        The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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        Vishal Narkhede
        Vishal Narkhede
        Javascript Developer at getStream.io · | 19 upvotes · 86.7K views
        atStreamStream
        Babel
        Babel
        styled-components
        styled-components
        Expo
        Expo
        JavaScript
        JavaScript
        Chat by Stream
        Chat by Stream
        React Native
        React Native
        Stream
        Stream

        Recently, the team at Stream published a React Native SDK for our new Chat by Stream product. React Native brings the power of JavaScript to the world of mobile development, making it easy to develop apps for multiple platforms. We decided to publish two different endpoints for the SDK – Expo and React Native (non-expo), to avoid the hurdle and setup of using the Expo library in React Native only projects on the consumer side.

        The capability of style customization is one a large deal breaker for frontend SDKs. To solve this, we decided to use styled-components in our SDK, which makes it easy to add support for themes on top of our existing components. This practice reduces the maintenance effort for stylings of custom components and keeps the overall codebase clean.

        For module bundling, we decided to go with Rollup.js instead of Webpack due to its simplicity and performance in the area of library/module providers. We are using Babel for transpiling code, enabling our team to use JavaScript's next-generation features. Additionally, we are using the React Styleguidist component documentation, which makes documenting the React Native code a breeze.

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