In this article, we will see what Cross-Platform App Frameworks- Ionic, Flutter, and React Native are and when to use them.
Each of these frameworks allows you to build an app for both the major platforms- iOS and Android. All of these frameworks are popular among the mobile app development world as it allows the developers to build applications using a single source code for every platform. It costs less, hence, the demand for cross-platform app development has increased over the past decade.
It is now a well-known fact that smartphones have become an essential part of people’s day-to-day lives, with this increased number of smartphone users, it is only wise to invest in a mobile application for your business. No matter if you are planning to invest in a mobile application for your already established business or a startup, cross-platform app development is the way to go.
So, let’s see what these Cross-Platform App Development Frameworks are:
Flutter is a portable UI toolkit launched by Google for developing high quality Cross-Platform Applications that give a native feel to the user. Flutter is designed in a way that it works with existing codes, therefore, it is used by developers to build cross-platform applications around the world. Flutter is open-source and so it is free to use. It is built with C++, C, Dart. Developers like Flutter as it speeds up the development process, reduces the complexity and cost of app development.
Ionic vs. Flutter vs. React Native
Flutter is Google’s baby, suffice to say it is a well performing cross-platform app development framework. React Native is an SDK which is built by Facebook to make it easier to develop apps for iOS and Android using a single source code. Ionic, on the other hand, has a slightly different approach when it comes to building cross-platform apps. Ionic helps developers build cross-platform apps using JSS, HTML, and CSS. Ionic makes sure that you are able to reuse the codes.
Main objectives you need to keep in mind when choosing a Cross-Platform App Development Framework between Ionic, Flutter, and React Native:
|Code Reusability||Allows code reusability||Allows code reusability||Allows code reusability|
|Component Library||Pre-built components||Built-in widgets||Built-in components|
|Performance||Faster and Interactive apps||Graphically enhanced apps that are high performing||Native-like apps|
|User Interface||Great UI||Best UI||Great UI|
|Ecosystem||Great Ecosystem||Great Ecosystem||Great Ecosystem|
|Community||Strong||Less popular than the other two||Strong|
|Native Device Features||Decent native-like features||Decent native-like features||Decent native-like features|
|Backed platforms||iOS8+, Android 4.4+||Not sure as of yet||iOS 8+, Android 4.1+|
|Popular apps||Nationwide, Pacifica||Hamilton||Instagram, Facebook, UberEats|
|Costing||Open-source and paid as well||Open-Source||Open-Source|
Which of these Frameworks is the best and when to use it?
Ionic is very popular as it eliminates the learning a new language factor whereas Flutter needs the developers to learn Dart programming language in order to build cross-platform apps. Although, when it comes to building highly graphical apps, Ionic is never the first choice of the app developers, React Native comes into play then. Flutter is new compared to Ionic and React Native but is soon getting the recognition it deserves.
This comes down to mean that all these frameworks are best in their own way. But, while choosing a framework to develop an application for your business, acknowledging many factors is important as no one framework can be best for all kinds of businesses or applications.
Sandip Patel – BDE
Author works as BDE at Vindaloo Softtech (VSPL) since 2016. Sandip has 10+ years of work experience in VoIP Software Development Industry. VSPL is VoIP software development and solutions provider that offers FreeSWITCH, Kamailio, OpenSIP, WebRTC and Asterisk Development.