Flutter and React Native, both are used in mobile app development. Both of these popular frameworks are used for the development of Hybrid apps. As we all know that Hybrid apps are ruling the mobile app development market, so it is obvious to have a question in our minds, that in this neck-to-neck competition between Flutter and React – Who will survive?
Flutter vs React Native comparison
Flutter uses Dart technology to compile code into native code and having its own widgets further mitigates the need to access the OEM made widgets to function. Here in Flutter, it results in faster start-up time of apps along with a lower number of performance issues.
Flutter comes with fewer compatibility issues as it comes with its own widgets. Flutter requires lesser time to get apps tested and developers can remain assured that their apps will work over newer and different versions of OS. While using React Native there had been a number of incompatibilities between community libraries and different versions of React Native.
Availability of tools
Flutter comes with a feature called hot reload, which allows them to instantly view the changes applied to the code on emulators, simulators, and hardware. Here any code which is changed is reloaded in less than a second, that too when the app is running, which again leads to time-saving spent on restarting it.
Whereas React Native comes with a feature called virtual DOM, which is a programming interface used to represent the page so that programs can change the document structure, style, and content. In virtual DOM, any change made is first performed on the virtual DOM, therefore it leads to higher performance along with a pleasant user experience.
This can be said as one of the biggest drawbacks with Flutter, as one needs to add separate code files for different OS platforms when building complex UI elements. Development using React Native is much easy due to having several third-party libraries to design a good user interface.
So, one does not need to write and add separate files for complex UI support. This conveniently reduces the development time and improves workflow.
Both Flutter and React Native are robust technologies, which have their active community of developers who provide support, contribute to the tool’s extensive documentation. But React Native is much older has a larger amount of community support.