A mobile business app is undoubtedly a great move to take a company to new heights of success. But choosing the right one from the plethora of mobile app development platforms is a bit tedious task. Cross-platform app development is more popular than Native app development due to the various benefits. In this blog, we will compare the top two cross-platform mobile development frameworks: Flutter and React Native – To help you make a better decision for app development.
Let’s first start with a Cross-platform app development intro:
What is Cross-Platform Mobile App Development?
Cross-platform mobile app development is the process to build apps for different mobile platforms with a single code. It means the company can launch the product faster with better quality. Your app can reach a broader audience as it is compatible with both iOS and Android. Many cross-platform mobile app development frameworks available, including Xamarin, React Native, Flutter, Ionic, PhoneGap and many more in the market. However, we will look at two of the most popular mobile development frameworks in 2021: Xamarin and React Native.
What is Xamarin?
Xamarin is an open-source, cross-platform mobile application development framework launched in 2011. It helps share code and business logic across platforms and writing apps in C# with Visual Studio. This framework is widely used for developing applications for different industries such as energy, healthcare, transportation and media.
Apps built using Xamarin include:
- SuperGiant Games
- The World Bank
What is React Native?
High-profile apps built with React Native include:
Xamarin vs React Native: What Framework to Choose in 2021?
Hopefully, you now have a good understanding of Xamarin and React Native. It’s finally time to compare both frameworks according to the criteria such as performance, popularity, code reuse, development language and pricing.
Criteria# 1 – Performance
App performance is one of the most critical factors you need to consider when selecting the proper cross-platform development framework in 2021. While both Xamarin and React Native provide near-native app performances, Flutter’s performance is better as it’s close to the native code. However, it isn’t accessible to benchmark performance as it relies on different factors such as device, code and features.
Criteria# 2 – Popularity
Xamarin has developed quite the user base over the years as it is one of the oldest frameworks. Since its launch, React Native has slowly but surely gained more popularity than Xamarin in 2017. According to a survey, React Native is more loved by developers than Xamarin. 57.9% of developers prefer to choose React Native for cross-platform applications while 45.4% for Xamarin.
Criteria# 3 – Code Reuse
Xamarin allows developers to reuse up to 96% of their C# code by supporting the language. This framework also offers forms components, making it better for code reuse than React Native.
Criteria# 4 – Development language
Criteria# 5- Pricing
Both Xamarin and React Native are free, open-source frameworks for cross-platform apps. However, Xamarin is free for individuals and small companies, while for large companies, single-user licenses start at $499 and go anywhere up to $2,999 for a Visual Studio Enterprise annual subscription. This cost could cause more prominent companies to go with React Native.
The Final Thought!