Flutter vs React Native: What are the differences?
What is Flutter? 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.
Flutter and React Native can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.
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, React Native provides the following key features:
- Native iOS Components
- Asynchronous Execution
- Touch Handling
"Hot Reload" is the primary reason why developers consider Flutter over the competitors, whereas "Learn once write everywhere" was stated as the key factor in picking React Native.
Flutter and React Native are both open source tools. React Native with 78.8K GitHub stars and 17.6K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Flutter with 69.4K GitHub stars and 8.09K GitHub forks.
Instagram, Intuit, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use React Native, whereas Flutter is used by Policygenius, pludoni GmbH, and Hybrid Heroes. React Native has a broader approval, being mentioned in 719 company stacks & 809 developers stacks; compared to Flutter, which is listed in 41 company stacks and 146 developer stacks.
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