Hybrid App Development: Flutter vs React vs Ionic

I am a techie with more than five years of experience in app development, working extensively on native Android development. Recently, I have enjoyed spending the last few years working on hybrid apps, as I’m always trying to stay on top of technology as the IT industry evolves every 8-10 months.

In this blog post, I will take a look at different hybrid app platforms and compare and review them to determine which I think is best.

Hybrid App Development

What is a hybrid app?

Hybrid apps simplify app development by allowing a single code base to be used for both iOS and Android mobile platforms. Ionic and Flutter are the primary enablers of hybrid app production, which we can also use for web development. Hybrid apps open up a whole new world of cost-efficiency as they eliminate the need to employ both iOS and Android specialists.

Ionic:

Ionic was created in 2013. All the experts say that this platform is the most efficient and most easy for Mobile app development. This platform is using technologies that are HTML, SCSS, Javascript, Angular. Nowadays you can use react or vue.

Ionic, created in 2013, is the favorite of many experts and developers due to its efficiency and ease of use. It’s built on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Angular but it’s also compatible with React and Vue.

Pros Cons
Quick development period Can cause problems with iOS code output
Single codebase Not the best suited for UI design work
Cheap maintenance Inferior security
Easy to learn Version-wise code changes
Good plugin compatibility Dependent on plugins
Large community No hot reloading
Supports web builds
 

Ionic’s use is declining; 28% of hybrid developers used it in 2019 but only 18% used it in 2020.

React :

Both the React Js and React native platforms are developed by Facebook. Released in 2015 for mobile cross-platform app development, react native is built on JavaScript. I think it’s currently the best platform for mobile app development.

Pros Cons
Best UI development Long opening time
Reusable code for different OS Security issues
Hot reloading supported Difficult learning curve
Less time-consuming Not the maturest platform
Large community
Third-party library supported
Frequent updates
 

React’s use is stable; 42% of hybrid developers used it in 2019, 42% used it in 2020.

Flutter:

Flutter is cross-platform, open-source, and was developed by Google starting in 2017. The platform uses Dart, a new object-oriented programming language. It is very easy to learn compared to the other options.

 
Pros Cons
UI looks similar to old Android and iOS devices Resource-intensive
Single codebase iOS issues
Less testing needed No third-party library
Superior performance Lack of community
Supports Android, iOS, web, and Google Fuchsia.
 

Flutter’s use is increasing; 30% of hybrid developers used it in 2019, 39% used it in 2020.

 
React Ionic Flutter
Founders and year Facebook, 2015 Drifty, 2013 Google, 2017
Community Large Large Small
Open-source Yes Absolutely Yes, paid also Yes
Supported platform Android and iOS Pure Android, iOS, and web Android, iOS, Web, Fuchsia
Frontend support Native component Html, CSS, and Ionic design component Attractive UI with widgets
Performance Faster native experience Fast interactive experience High graphical performance
Used By Facebook, Instagram, Tesla Honefy, Justwatch, Automotive, MarketWatch Google Ads, Alibaba, Hamilton Musical
 

Conclusion:

This concludes my roundup of the best hybrid development platforms. If you want to take the easy route then choose Flutter or Ionic, which have the gentlest learning curves and also support web development and progressive web apps. My personal favorite is Flutter but let us know what works for you.

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