Why are React Native and Flutter so popular?
React Native and Flutter are open-source software frameworks that can be used to develop apps for iOS and Android. From the off, they’re a pretty even match.
They’re fairly similar in terms of what they achieve; one of the differences is that Flutter is an open source framework created by Google, while React Native is the brainchild of Jordan Walke, who was working on Facebook Ads when he started building UI elements for iOS.
While Flutter is the new kid on the block, it’s clear that both frameworks are very popular with developers; according to research from Statista, 42% of developers use React Native while 39% use Flutter.
But it’s not just the devs that favour this newer development platform. React Native and Flutter have been used by some of the biggest companies in the world. Flutter has been used to build the eBay Motors app, Xianyu by Alibaba (one of the biggest ecommerce companies in the world) and Groupon.
Meanwhile, React Native has been used to build household brands such as Facebook, Pinterest, Skype, Tesla and Wix.
Before we delve into the differences, here are some top level similarities when it comes to advantages, to keep in mind when it comes to your project:
- Code reusability: Their codebase can be reused and shared across operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows
- Performance: They’re stable and reliable, so don’t expect lots of downtime on your mobile app in terms of performance speed
- A consistent look: Your app will look near-identical across all platforms and in older operating systems on React Native and Flutter
- Time to market: You can expect development time to be relatively quick for apps from React Native and Flutter; this is largely thanks to the 50% of time that’s saved on testing compared with other frameworks
- Regular upgrades: From extra functionality to improving performance, updates are frequently released on both frameworks