Releasing an app on both App Store and Google Play is every business’s desire. But the trick is, before shipping a mobile application to the market, you have to choose a technology stack. Is it going to be React Native or Flutter? Do you know which one is worth your money, time, and effort?
In short, you should choose Flutter if your budget is limited or you need to make a simple application quickly. Also, you can make a Flutter application if UI is core for your app. But if your funding is sufficient and you want to create a complicated app, go with React Native. Keep reading to find out about the two app development frameworks and their most distinct features.
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Both Flutter and React Native are popular frameworks for cross-platform mobile app development. But each of them has its peculiarities. Let’s compare React Native and Flutter according to eight criteria:
With Flutter, you have to use Dart – a programming language created by Google. As a client-optimized language, Dart has many advantages. Take productive app development, for instance.
In contrast, Flutter doesn’t require a bridge to communicate with native components. It has everything packed within itself, including frameworks like Cupertino and Material Design. Thanks to this Flutter advantage, apps are more stable and predictable on different platforms than React Native apps.
React Native’s configuration process is simple. Basically, you install React-Native CLI globally through the command line. Keep in mind, you will also need NodeJS and Yarn installed as a package manager.
You can install Flutter by downloading the binary for a specific mobile platform. The next step is adding it to your PATH variable. Lucky for you, this can be done via the command line. With this additional setting, though, Flutter loses points to React Native. Its installation isn’t that straightforward.
Contrary to React Native, Flutter has rich documentation. It offers detailed guides accompanied by graphics and video tutorials. The cool thing is that Flutter has several tools to assist you in app development, including debugger and Flutter inspector.
Sadly, there are drawbacks as well. For instance, it’s hard to replicate complex UI in a React Native app. Also, the React Native components can behave differently on different platforms.
Flutter has UI widgets packaged within itself, which means creating native-like applications is easy. No need to search for third-party libraries – a large library of framework widgets is enough. Besides, Flutter apps are consistent across all platforms.
React Native has very high code reusability across platforms. Even more, there are lots of libraries created by the devs community that can be used as building blocks to speed up development. On top of that, React Native has a hot reload feature that allows you to view changes in your app without recompiling it.
Guess what? Flutter has a hot reload feature too, which means you can make any iterations quickly and receive feedback immediately. In addition, Flutter offers fast app compilation.
When it comes to an open-source development framework, having a large community of contributors matters. Remarkably, React Native has that. The framework was launched in 2015 by Facebook, rapidly gaining the support of many developers. You can find links to React Native community channels here.
As for Flutter, its community of developers is smaller than React Native’s, but not for long. Introduced in 2017, Flutter is a relatively new framework that is gaining great popularity. Even more, its support is growing steadily as well. Check out these Flutter community resources.
React Native doesn’t have a CI/CD solution for App Store or Google Play delivery. Unfortunately, only manual deployment for Google Play is documented. And you won’t find any proper guide for deploying an app to the App Store. To automate your delivery and deployment, you must use a third-party solution, such as Fastlane or Bitrise.
By contrast, Flutter has a well-documented guide for building and deploying both iOS and Android apps. You can deploy your application simply by using CLI (command line interface). And if you need advanced automatization (e.g., automated screenshots), you can use third-party solutions.
In the React Native vs. Flutter battle, there are no winners or losers. Each framework has strong and weak sides. And each one is a great solution but for different problems.
|Architecture||Uses its own widget library to display Flutter UI||Transferred to UI thread via the React Native bridge|
|Ready-made widgets and components||Huge library of plugins and widgets||Uses native UI components of the OS.|
|Development tools and documentation||Great documentation and starter toolkit||Extensive documentation and tutorials. It’s not so easy to start development from scratch|
|Choose if||UI is a key priority of your app||You want universal code for mobile, web and desktop|
|Do not choose if||You app should be smaller than 4MB||You need great efficiency of calculation tasks|
React Native is a good tool for creating complicated cross-platform apps. If your project is expected to be large and deeply rooted, use React Native. It has stronger support and extensive documentation. Also, if you plan to reuse code for a web app and a desktop app, choose React Native.
The built-in native components and hot reload feature make Flutter a perfect tool for iteration. If you need to create an MVP in a short period, go with Flutter. On top of that, it’s the best choice if your app is UI-centered.
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Want to know what cross-platform apps built with React Native or Flutter look like? Simply download a few and see for yourself.
Chances are, you’re already familiar with React Native apps. You may be using them daily without even knowing it. Some of the most famous include:
Since Flutter is a young framework, it doesn’t have many famous apps to showcase. Still, let’s look at the following:
If you want to hire Flutter developers and React Native engineers, you would probably want know their rates.
In Western Europe, React Native developers have an average yearly salary of $78,000. In the USA, the average React Native Developer rate is $61.54 per hour – a yearly salary of $120,000.
Luckily, hiring a React Native developer in Ukraine will not be as costly. Ukrainian mobile developers have an average annual salary of $30,000 a year.
Like React Native developers, Flutter developers are in high demand. Their wages are higher than those of other software developers. In the US, Flutter devs have an annual salary of $130,000. The good news is, in Western Europe and Ukraine, rates are considerably lower.
|Ukraine||United States||Western Europe|
|The average annual salary for a middle Flutter developer, USD||30 000||130 000||61 000|
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