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In a nutshell
Cross-platform vs. native development
Apps are usually developed with one of two distinct approaches: natively or with a cross-platform framework such as Flutter or React Native. Native development consists of working with the SDKs of Android and iOS and coding in Java / Kotlin and Swift respectively.
This requires the apps to be developed independently for each platform without there being a common codebase upon which they are built. Working with cross-platform frameworks on the other hand allows developers to implement features in one language (such as Dart in the case of Flutter) which is then compiled into native ARM code for the respective platforms. However, does a cross-platform approach really accelerate the development processes? In which respects does it have the upper hand?
Cross-platform development frameworks
The community behind cross-platform mobile development has grown and many new options have emerged which outperform the simple outdated HTML approach. Two of the big contenders of this kind of development are Flutter and React Native.
Each framework has its unique architecture to build apps, so they each have their pros and cons. While native apps offer superior user experience and performance, cross-platform frameworks are designed to save costs and speed up development. Let’s take a closer look at them.
What is Flutter?
Flutter is Google’s open-source development kit to create 2D cross-platform apps. It’s based on the programming language Dart, also developed by Google. The application is compiled ahead-of-time into native ARM code which results in a better performance.
Flutter is not supposed to be a wrapper on top of iOS/Android but draws the UI from scratch using a C++ Library called Skia. The Flutter team promotes it as an efficient tool for prototyping because of its hot-reload functionality. Developers who are familiar with OOP concepts can quickly adapt to Dart/Flutter without much mobile experience.
What is React Native?
Many companies, among them Airbnb and Facebook, are using or have used it in production. The React Native bridge invokes native rendering APIs for iOS & Android, so it uses the platforms’ real UI components. Similar to Flutter, it also provides a hot-reload feature.
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