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Android Native vs Flutter

How does Android Native compare to Flutter?
See the pros and cons of each framework, target platforms and more.

Android Native

Android Native

Flutter

Flutter

About

  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    September 23, 2008
  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    May 12, 2017

Community

Languages

  • Java
  • Kotlin
  • Dart

Target Platforms

  • ✓ Android
  • ✓ Android Auto
  • ✓ Android TV
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • ✓ Wear Os
  • Windows
  • ✓ Android
  • Android Auto
  • Android TV
  • ✓ iOS
  • ✓ Linux
  • ✓ macOS
  • tvOS
  • watchOS
  • Wear Os
  • ✓ Windows

✅Strengths

  • Official SDK

    Native Android apps are built using the official Android development tools, which provide access to the latest features and functionality of the Android platform.

  • Performance

    Native Android apps perform better than hybrid apps as they have direct access to device hardware and the underlying operating system.

  • User Interface

    Developers can use built-in UI elements to create a consistent interface that follows the Android design guidelines.

  • User Experience

    Native Android apps offer a familiar user experience for Android users.

  • Ecosystem

    Developers can build apps for other Android-based systems like Smartphones, Wear OS, Android TV and Android Auto.

  • Large Community

    Android has a very large and active developer community, which means there is plenty of documentation, tutorials, and examples available to help developers build apps for Android.

  • Cross-platform

    Flutter allows developers to build apps for a wide range of platforms using a single codebase, reducing development time and costs.

  • Performance

    Apps built with Flutter are fairly performant as Flutter's engine and framework are optimized to take advantage of each platform's hardware.

  • User Interface

    Flutter has built-in UI elements for both iOS and Android, allowing developers to create a consistent interface that follows the Apple and Android design guidelines.

  • Native APIs

    Flutter provides a bridge between to native APIs. This means that developers can access native functionality like the camera, accelerometer and much more.

  • Large Community

    Flutter has a large and active developer community, which means there is plenty of documentation, tutorials, and examples available to help developers build desktop apps.

🛑Weaknesses

  • Cross-platform

    Developers have to build separate apps using a different framework to target other platforms like iOS, Windows and macOS.

  • Learning Curve

    Dart is not a very popular language, so developers will have to learn a new language to build apps with Flutter.

  • App Size

    Flutter apps tend to be larger than native apps due to Flutter engine being bundled with them.

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