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Flutter vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

Developers describe Flutter as "Cross-platform mobile framework from Google". Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android. On the other hand, NativeScript is detailed as "Build truly native apps with JavaScript". NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

Flutter and NativeScript belong to "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Flutter are:

  • Fast development - Flutter's "hot reload" helps you quickly and easily experiment, build UIs, add features, and fix bug faster. Experience sub-second reload times, without losing state, on emulators, simulators, and hardware for iOS and Android.
  • Expressive UIs - Delight your users with Flutter's built-in beautiful Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets, rich motion APIs, smooth natural scrolling, and platform awareness.
  • Access native features and SDKs - Make your app come to life with platform APIs, 3rd party SDKs, and native code. Flutter lets you reuse your existing Java, Swift, and ObjC code, and access native features and SDKs on iOS and Android.

On the other hand, NativeScript provides the following key features:

  • 100% Access to Native Platform API
  • NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
  • Code with JavaScript. Style with CSS

"Hot Reload" is the primary reason why developers consider Flutter over the competitors, whereas "Access to the entire native api" was stated as the key factor in picking NativeScript.

Flutter and NativeScript are both open source tools. Flutter with 67.7K GitHub stars and 7.75K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than NativeScript with 17.1K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.

Policygenius, pludoni GmbH, and Hybrid Heroes are some of the popular companies that use Flutter, whereas NativeScript is used by Work Box, Zege Technologies, and GeekyAnts. Flutter has a broader approval, being mentioned in 39 company stacks & 137 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.

What is Flutter?

Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.

What is NativeScript?

NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.
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    Decisions about Flutter and NativeScript
    Sezgi Ulu莽am
    Sezgi Ulu莽am
    Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare | 6 upvotes 56.8K views
    Flutter
    Flutter
    React Native
    React Native
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    #NativeApps
    #MobileFrameworks
    #JavaScript

    For a front end dev like me, using a mobile framework for side projects makes more sense than writing a native app. I had used Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) before (because React Native didn't exist yet), and was happy with it. But once React Native came out, it made more sense to go that way instead. It's more efficient and smooth, since it doesn't have the simulation overhead, and has more access to hardware features. It feels cleaner since you don't need to deal with #WebView, using native UI widgets directly. I also considered Flutter . It looks promising, but is relatively new to the game, and React Native seems more stable for now.

    MobileFrameworks #JavaScript NativeApps

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    leonardo silveira
    leonardo silveira
    Software Engineer at Casa Magalh茫es | 2 upvotes 32.2K views
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Apache Cordova
    Apache Cordova
    NativeScript
    NativeScript

    So, i am preparing to adopt NativeScript.

    For years my hybrid projects used Apache Cordova.

    "Let's avoid to maintain two teams and double the deliver velocity".

    It was good for a few years, we had those september issues, (i.e. apple broke some backward compatibility) , but for the last years, things seems to be losing the grip faster.

    Last breaking changes, for instance, seems to have a workaround, however that growing feeling that simple things can not rely on so fragile webviews keeps growing faster and faster.

    I've tested nativescript not only on it's "helloworld", but also on how do they respond on issues.

    I got tweed support. I opened an github issue and got answers on less than 10 hours (yes i did it on another timezone and very close to a weekend). I saw the faulty docs get corrected in two days.

    The bad news is i only can adopt nativescript on newer projects, since there is no budget to revamp the current solutions.

    The good news is i can keep coding on Vue.js , without vou router, but that's ok. I've already exchanged vanilla html for real native app with background magic enabled, the router can be easily reproduced.

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    Gustavo Mu帽oz
    Gustavo Mu帽oz
    Web UI Developer at Globant | 6 upvotes 25.5K views
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    Dart
    Dart
    React Native
    React Native
    React
    React
    Flutter
    Flutter
    #Flare

    In my modest opinion, Flutter is the future of mobile development. The framework is as important to mobile as React is to the web. And seeing that React Native does not finish taking off, I am focusing all my efforts on learning Flutter and Dart. The ecosystem is amazing. The community is crazy about Flutter. There are enough resources to learn and enjoy the framework, and the tools developed to work with it are amazing. Android Studio or Visual Studio Code has incredible plugins and Dart is a pretty straight forward and easy-to-learn language, even more, if you came from JavaScript. I admit it. I'm in love with Flutter. When you are not a designer, having a framework focused on design an pretty things is a must. And counting with tools like #flare for animations makes everything easier. It is so amazing that I wish I had a big mobile project right now at work just to use Flutter.

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    Vaibhav Taunk
    Vaibhav Taunk
    Team Lead at Technovert | 24 upvotes 57.6K views
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Markdown
    Markdown
    Postman
    Postman
    React Native
    React Native
    Flutter
    Flutter
    MongoDB
    MongoDB
    React
    React
    Angular CLI
    Angular CLI
    .NET Core
    .NET Core

    I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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    Reviews of Flutter and NativeScript
    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    It is using the native components to build the UI and offers the best skills reuse story. All you need to know is JS/TS and CSS. Angular 2 is also supported which leads to even more code reuse across web and mobile.This is also the best way to access the native platform APIs directly.

    Review ofNativeScriptNativeScript

    NativeScript allows you to reuse your JS skills to build Native mobile apps without any sacrifices. It takes a bit to learn about all possible features, but each time you discover a new one you can't help but get more and more excited.

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