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Android Native vs NativeScript

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

Android Native

Android Native

NativeScript

NativeScript

About

  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    September 23, 2008
  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    April 29, 2015

Community

Languages

  • Java
  • Kotlin
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript

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

    NativeScript allows developers to build mobile apps for multiple platforms, including Android and iOS, using a single codebase.

  • Native APIs

    NativeScript provides a bridge to all native APIs via JavaScript, without having to write anything in Swift or Kotlin. This means that developers can access native functionality such as camera, contacts, and file storage.

🛑Weaknesses

  • Cross-platform

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

  • Performance

    NativeScript's performance is not as good as that of native apps due to the overhead introduced by the bridge between JavaScript and native APIs.

  • Emerging Community

    Despite being around for a while, the NativeScript is not as popular as other frameworks, which means that there is not a lot of tutorials, and examples available to help developers apps.

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