Mobile development is a necessity for every modern business, but there are many ways to get the job done. Many will tell you to go pure native, some will tell you to go hybrid, and others will tell you to use a framework to go cross-platform native.
We’re going to review my top three picks for mobile development frameworks that will thrive in the 2018 year.
So what frameworks made the cut in terms of my picks for 2018? I believe 2018 is going to be the year of the native mobile development framework rather than pure native and the hybrid web frameworks. Take a look at the following frameworks.
What makes NativeScript particularly cool is how native platform APIs are accessed and how the source code is transpiled.
Flutter has come out of nowhere in the mobile application development space. Backed by Google, you’re able to build native iOS and Android applications, but differently from some of the other cross-platform frameworks. For one, you’re developing Android and iOS applications using Google’s very own programming language, Dart.
What makes Flutter particularly interesting is that you’re not using a WebView to render the application and you’re not using native UI components either.
Flutter uses a 2D rendering engine called Skia to create visual components on the screen and while these components are themed to look like native Material Design and Cupertino style widgets, they are not. Flutter also offers the best in class hot-reload functionality so testing can be done seamlessly without restarting the application.
React Native is a competitor to frameworks such as NativeScript and Xamarin, more-so because of how it uses native components rather than a WebView or an alternative framework like Skia.
If you’re already using React on the web, then React Native would be a logical choice in mobile development.
Of all the possible mobile development solutions out there in 2018, you just saw the three that I’m betting on in no particular order. I personally think that pure native and hybrid frameworks have no place in the future, leaving NativeScript, Flutter, and React Native obvious choices for developing amazing Android and iOS applications.