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Flutter vs NativeScript

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

Flutter

Flutter

NativeScript

NativeScript

About

  • Maintainer

    Google
  • Initial Release

    May 12, 2017
  • Maintainer

    OpenJS Foundation
  • Initial Release

    April 29, 2015

Community

Languages

  • Dart
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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