The differences between Flutter and React Native?
If you want to deliver a product for both Android and iOS users, you have two options. You can either make two separate native applications or use hybrid development and write a codebase that can be shared by both operating systems. This is what React Native and Flutter do. Both environments are open-source and free to use. So what are the differences?
Widgets vs. direct communication with iOS and Android
Talking about flexibility and customization, Flutter offers a rich set of customized widgets to build beautiful experiences. React Native, on the other side, offers seamless user experience by directly communicating with the native platforms.
Both Flutter and React Native have many third-party packages, however React Native offers more ready-to-use modules. Flutter was only officially launched in May 2017, so its packages aren't that numerous. However, this should change with time.
Established vs. fast-growing community
Code recycling and styling
With Flutter you can overwrite the code you previously used. This feature is very useful when you want to reuse some of the code for another purpose. In React Native recycling is restricted only to a handful of basic components, which is why in most cases it takes a lot of time to style apps and platforms built with React Native.
New vs. Old
At the moment, React Native is the go-to hybrid development toolkit. There are more libraries, use cases, and community resources for React Native. On the other hand, Flutter (and Dart) were designed using all the hybrid app development experience. It addresses the main issues, which are the compatibility of platform-specific modules and UI elements with the hybrid solution. It may take some time, but Flutter should catch up. With more than 30,000 Github stars already, Flutter is quickly cutting the distance to React Native, which has 65,000 stars.