Flutter vs NativeScript: What are the differences?
Flutter and NativeScript belong to "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Flutter are:
- Fast development - Flutter's "hot reload" helps you quickly and easily experiment, build UIs, add features, and fix bug faster. Experience sub-second reload times, without losing state, on emulators, simulators, and hardware for iOS and Android.
- Expressive UIs - Delight your users with Flutter's built-in beautiful Material Design and Cupertino (iOS-flavor) widgets, rich motion APIs, smooth natural scrolling, and platform awareness.
- Access native features and SDKs - Make your app come to life with platform APIs, 3rd party SDKs, and native code. Flutter lets you reuse your existing Java, Swift, and ObjC code, and access native features and SDKs on iOS and Android.
On the other hand, NativeScript provides the following key features:
- 100% Access to Native Platform API
- NativeScript is free of charge as an open source project
"Hot Reload" is the primary reason why developers consider Flutter over the competitors, whereas "Access to the entire native api" was stated as the key factor in picking NativeScript.
Flutter and NativeScript are both open source tools. Flutter with 67.7K GitHub stars and 7.75K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than NativeScript with 17.1K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks.
Policygenius, pludoni GmbH, and Hybrid Heroes are some of the popular companies that use Flutter, whereas NativeScript is used by Work Box, Zege Technologies, and GeekyAnts. Flutter has a broader approval, being mentioned in 39 company stacks & 137 developers stacks; compared to NativeScript, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 23 developer stacks.