React Native vs Xamarin vs Ionic

 

Native applications are not compatible with different platforms since they are developed for a particular platform. Android mobile applications are written using Java, while iOS mobile applications are written with Objective-C and Swift.

Most of the businesses prefer to develop a mobile app that works on multiple platforms such as Andriod, iOS etc. That’s where cross-platform mobile app development languages, tools, frameworks and SDKs (Software Development Kits) come into play to help develop cross-platform mobile apps.

The advantages of cross-platform mobile app development are cost reduction, single stack technology, code reusability and ease of maintenance. So, let’s take a look at how the cross-platform mobile app development frameworks and SDKs React Native, Xamarin and Ionic compare in terms of their performance in each area of app development:

Language

React Native is developed using the dynamic programming language Javascript. It also allows the use of Swift, Objective-C or Java, when developers want to use them. Xamarin uses C# with .Net framework which works on all platforms as Android, iOS, Mac etc. Ionic uses HTML5, CSS and Javascript for mobile app development. Besides these languages, Ionic uses Typescript to improve the quality of the code.

Performance

While being compatible across multiple platforms, React Native’s and Xamarin’s performances are as excellent as the performance of native applications.

On the other hand, Ionic does not use native framework rather it uses web technologies to render the native look. This leads to a decrease in performance when compared to React Native and Xamarin.

Graphical User Interface

React native is highly user-friendly and offers a remarkable user experience similar to native apps. Xamarin uses Xamarin.Android/iOS or Xamarin.forms for Graphical User Interface (GUI). Xamarin.Android/iOS consumes a lot of time to develop an app but guarantees you a native experience.

Xamarin.forms speeds this up to gives your app a more native look, feel, appearance and experience. Ionic leverages web technologies like HTML5 and CSS. It also makes use of Cordova to provide a native look to its GUI.

Market and Community

React Native uses React.JS and JavaScript programming languages to develop native applications. Thus, it is a strong platform and considered to be the king in terms of the market and community. Ionic, on the other hand, is a popular framework that’s known to make native mobile apps very fast. Xamarin can be assigned the third place in terms of market and community and Microsoft has been working on making the Xamarin community bigger.

Pricing

React Native is open source and so developers can use it for free. When it comes to Xamarin, students and non-enterprise projects can avail free edition for up to 5 users.

Xamarin’s Professional and Enterprise licenses come with a lot of additional features. Professional license costs $539/year and Enterprise license costs $2,999/year for each user.

Ionic is an open-source hybrid mobile app development SDK whose Pro version costs $49/month/team member for teams and $199/month/team member for businesses.

App developers use React Native, Xamarin and Ionic, as they minimize the time and cost involved in the development of cross-platform mobile apps while providing the authentic experience of a native app.

We’re experts at leveraging any of these frameworks and or SDKs to develop native, cross-platform as well as hybrid mobile apps. Email us at sales@twilightsoftwares.com and visit us at www.twilightitsolutions.com to leverage our expertise and technical know-how to develop your native, hybrid or cross-platform mobile apps.

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