This question arises when companies are trying to determine what technologies to
use when creating mobile applications.
Several businesses have asked me about the difference between building cross
platforms apps and building Native apps.
Cross platform means you can use technologies such as react native or flutter to
create an app that is compatible for both iOS and Android devices.
The benefits of using React Native or Flutter is to lower the cost of building
two separate Native apps.
Native apps means that you can build an iOS app or an Android app separately
based on their own framework and programming languages. For example iOS apps,
you will be using either Objective-C or Swift in XCode (only available on Macs).
While building an Android app, you will use Java, Kotlin, C++, C#, or Python in
Native apps have the best performance and can be optimized easily. Processing and
navigation on native apps run smoothly with no issues. Native apps are
more secure, has reliable data protection, and encryption for all users. During
the beginning and end of the development life cycle, a native app has
significantly less bugs than react native or flutter.
The cost of Native apps are more expensive and usually involves two developers to
maintain two separate mobile apps in iOS and Android. It also requires more
development time and frequent upgrades.
React Native was created by Facebook on March 26, 2015. It is entirely written in
tons of meetup groups and events on building mobile apps using React Native. It
has gained a lot of trust and popularity throughout the years.
The cons of using React Native is performance and speed of loading apps. It uses
more memory and management.
Flutter was created by Google in May 2017, is relatively new, and is written in
the language called Dart. Flutter provides a hot reload feature which allows
changes to show very quickly and more performant. It is very dynamic and great
for building quicks MVPs.
The cons of using Flutter is that there’s limited documentation and the Flutter
community is much smaller than React Native. There's also a risk of using
Flutter if Google ever pulled support from this project.
Our mobile development team is happy to provide you with the best service and
architect your app solution based on your requirements and help you determine
which technologies to use. Looking ahead, we are most likely moving away from
native apps in the future and using newer technologies by building cross
platform mobile apps. If you have
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