Android SDK vs NativeScript

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Android SDK vs NativeScript: What are the differences?

Key Differences: Android SDK vs NativeScript

Android SDK and NativeScript are two popular platforms for developing mobile applications. While both offer ways to build native mobile apps, there are several key differences between them. Here are the top six differences:

  1. Language: Android SDK uses Java as the primary programming language, while NativeScript supports JavaScript/TypeScript. This means that developers familiar with Java will find it easier to work with Android SDK, while those with experience in JavaScript/TypeScript may prefer NativeScript.

  2. Development Approach: Android SDK follows a traditional native development approach, where apps are built using the Android framework and APIs. On the other hand, NativeScript enables cross-platform development, allowing developers to write code once and deploy it across multiple platforms.

  3. UI Framework: Android SDK uses XML-based layout files for designing the user interface. NativeScript, on the other hand, utilizes a declarative UI framework, where the UI is described using XML for Android and XML-like syntax for iOS. This allows for code reuse and a more unified development experience.

  4. Performance: Android SDK offers better performance as the apps are built with native code specifically optimized for Android devices. NativeScript also provides good performance by using a native bridge to access device APIs, but it may not be as fast as Android SDK in certain scenarios.

  5. Development Tools: Android SDK has a comprehensive set of development tools provided by Google, including Android Studio, a powerful IDE for Android development. NativeScript also has its own set of development tools, such as NativeScript CLI and plugins for popular text editors. Developers may prefer one set of tools over the other based on their familiarity and personal preferences.

  6. Community and Ecosystem: Android SDK has a larger and more mature community, as it has been around for a longer time and is backed by Google. This means that there are more resources, tutorials, and libraries available for Android development. NativeScript, although newer, has a growing community and a wide range of plugins and extensions to enhance the development experience.

In summary, the key differences between Android SDK and NativeScript lie in the programming language used, development approach, UI framework, performance, development tools, and community support.

Decisions about Android SDK and NativeScript
Omran Jamal
CTO & Co-founder at Bonton Connect · | 7 upvotes · 570.6K views

We actually initially wrote a lot of networking code in Kotlin but the complexities involved prompted us to try and compile NodeJS for Android and port over all the networking logic to Node and communicate with node over the Java Native Interface.

This turned out to be a great decision considering our battery usage fell by 40% and rate of development increased by a factor of 2.

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Pros of Android SDK
Pros of NativeScript
  • 289
    Android development
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    Necessary for android
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    Android studio
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    Mobile framework
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    Backed by google
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    Platform-tools
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    Eclipse + adt plugin
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    Powerful, simple, one stop environment
  • 3
    Free
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    Больно
  • 75
    Access to the entire native api
  • 47
    Support for native ios and android libraries
  • 46
    Support for javascript libraries
  • 46
    Angular 2.0 support
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    Native ux and performance
  • 37
    Typescript support
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    Backed up by google and telerik
  • 29
    Css support
  • 27
    Cross-platform declarative ui and code
  • 25
    Fully open source under apache 2.0 license
  • 11
    Vuejs support
  • 9
    60fps performance
  • 6
    Powerful data visualization with native UI
  • 5
    VS Code integration
  • 5
    Angular, typescript and javascript support
  • 5
    No need for Mac to build iOS apps in Telerik Platform
  • 4
    Extended CLI support
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    Cloud builds as part of Telerik PLatform
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    Truly Object-Oriented with Typescript
  • 4
    On-device debugging
  • 4
    Extensibility
  • 3
    Access to entire native api
  • 3
    Live reload
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    Easiest of all other frameworks
  • 3
    Easy to learn
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    Backed by google
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    0 day support for new OS updates
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    Publishing modules to NPM
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    Vue.js support out of the box
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    VueJS support
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    Svelte support
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    Powerfull mobile services as part of Telerik Platform
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    Native ui with angular
  • 2
    Vue support
  • 1
    Playground
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    Hot Reload
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    HMR via webpack
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    Very small app size
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    Write once, use anywhere
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    Easy to use, support for almost all npm packages
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    Rich ecosystem
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    Compile to Apple/Google Stores via CloudCompiler
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    Has CSS ;-)
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    It works with Angular
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    Code reuse with your website
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    Dart

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      Lack of promotion
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      Slower Performance compared to competitors

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    What is Android SDK?

    Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment.

    What is NativeScript?

    NativeScript enables developers to build native apps for iOS, Android and Windows Universal while sharing the application code across the platforms. When building the application UI, developers use our libraries, which abstract the differences between the native platforms.

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