Recently we’ve told you about Flutter Studio web application being updated. Despite we work mostly with React Native, we are the big fans of Flutter. However, these two are not the only ones in the world of cross-platform development. There is also Xamarin, which might appear in your feed from time to time but not very often. Did you hear about its bad reputation? And its advantages? Don’t worry, we are here to help you. Today we made a brief summary of the comparison for cross-platform development main contestants: Xamarin vs React Native vs Flutter.
Let’s start with why people choose cross-platform development instead of native. There are four big advantages of cross-platform development:
- Optimized development — It is possible to share much all your code across various platforms which means a significantly less development time because you only need to develop one single app.
- It saves money — Since you require fewer developers for less working hours.
- Only one team is required — There is no need to hire two distinct teams.
- Easier testing process — Your code base is smaller, so you do not need a lot of testing.
Of course, there are some pitfalls, but you’re allowed to find them yourself.
Now that you learned the good things about cross-platform development, let’s compare the main technologies that are used: Xamarin, React Native, Flutter.
- Flutter vs React Native. With average Flutter app taking up 4.7 MB, the enormous size of the app makes it a unique identifier of the Flutter framework. With React Native, you may be requiring taking on people who have specific insider knowledge about working with React Native, because otherwise, it will be impossible for you to cope with all the problems.
Flutter vs Xamarin. Xamarin uses C#, which separates it from the other frameworks that we talked about above. It allows apps to be available offline. If you compare Xamarin vs Native performance, it is very much comparable to native apps, which is another feather in the cap of Xamarin.
Intrigued? If you want to compare them by yourself this material can be a help to you.
Please read more about Flutter as well. It has a great future!