React Native vs. Xamarin vs. NativeScript

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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.

What is 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.

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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Why do developers choose React Native?
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Why do developers choose Xamarin?
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Why do developers choose NativeScript?
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What are the cons of using React Native?
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What are the cons of using Xamarin?
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What are the cons of using NativeScript?
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How much does React Native cost?
How much does Xamarin cost?
Xamarin Pricing
How much does NativeScript cost?
What companies use React Native?
843 companies on StackShare use React Native
What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use NativeScript?
16 companies on StackShare use NativeScript
What tools integrate with React Native?
46 tools on StackShare integrate with React Native
What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with NativeScript?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with NativeScript

What are some alternatives to React Native, Xamarin, and NativeScript?

  • Ionic - A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React.
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Flutter - Cross-platform mobile framework from Google

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