The quest to build cross-platform applications isn’t something new. But as applications these days yield immense influence and business opportunities, the race to build quality mobile apps in minimal time and resources has picked up the pace.
However, one of the key differences that we now witness is that while such tools were previously built and largely managed by open source community, are now products of some of the largest corporations. For instance, not only Android and iOS- two of the largest mobile platforms are owned by two of the largest corporations but React Native and Xamarin- two of the most popular cross-platform tools are also the products of Facebook and Microsoft- equally powerful tech giants. And it is in this light that the comparison of React Native vs. Xamarin gets even more interesting.
- Open source
- Seamless performance
- Modular and reusable components
- Hot Reloading
- Open source
- Powerful tech stack
- Extensive library
- Excellent UX
One of the key factors that determine the success or failure of any development tool is how easy it is for new developers to adopt it. The easier the learning curve, the quicker its community would grow.
This means while new developers lean towards React Native, the more seasoned ones still prefer Xamarin.
React Native still being a relatively new platform has an underdeveloped ecosystem. There are fewer quality IDEs and other code management tools compared to Xamarin.
In terms of UI and widgets, both of the platforms deliver almost native-like user experience but when it comes to brute performance, React Native falls a bit short. For instance, it doesn’t support 64-bit mode on Android and there are a few performance issues on iOS as well. Xamarin, on the other hand, does exceedingly well in those domains.
React Native comes with really comprehensive documentation and though Xamarin’s documentation is good, it isn’t nearly as concise, accurate, and complete as React Native.