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Android Native vs React Native

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

Android Native

Android Native

React Native

React Native

About

  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    September 23, 2008
  • Maintainer

    Facebook
  • Initial Release

    March 26, 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

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

  • Native APIs

    React Native provides a bridge between JavaScript and the native APIs of the operating systems. This means that developers can access native functionality such as camera, contacts, and file storage.

  • Large Community

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

🛑Weaknesses

  • Cross-platform

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

  • Performance

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

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