February 14, 2023
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The number of smartphones is estimated to reach 7.7 million by 2027.
The smartphone market revenue projections are estimated to be $792.51 billion by 2029.
These figures are quite tempting for any entrepreneur seeking to enter the business world with a vision of success in the next five years or more. Apart from it, mobile app development can be yet another ROI-increasing opportunity for small businesses apart from giants (regardless of business niches).
Leveraging mobile computing as a business opportunity is the broader idea. It involves various attributes starting with choosing the appropriate tech stack. The right tech stack can make or break the growth trajectory of any business.
The first step to choosing the right tech stack is opting for a cross-platform mobile app. It can increase the target users multi folds due to combining the users of all platforms – Android, iOS, and Windows, unlike native apps.
Up next is the choice of the right framework to develop the cross-platform app. To make the right decision it is inevitable to know everything regarding the framework – features, advantages, cons, similarities, and differences.
For two popular frameworks – NativeScript and React Native, we have compiled a detailed comparison guide to help you with your decision. Before comparing these two frameworks, let us first learn more about these frameworks individually (features, advantages, and more).
NativeScript uses a modular design pattern. Which means a separate module to access each functionality. Further, to get a quick glance at some of the important info about this framework you can also read:
Developers can use this framework to develop natively rendered applications for iOS, Android, Web, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP/Windows) platform without losing touch with the Native app user experience.
React Native combines the best parts of native development with React!
React Native has been all the hype lately because it relieved the mobile app developers from coding separately for mobile and desktop app development for all device types. So, the developer no longer must develop an Android app in Kotlin or Java while an iOS app in Objective C or Swift programming language. This does not mean it will restrict React Native developers from writing native code wherever needed.
It can be better understood by the following quote from React Native’s official website.
Learn once, write anywhere!
To get a brief through of React Native, you can also read:
Now that we have understood these frameworks briefly, let us understand the NativeScript alternatives and React Native alternatives.
Looking for alternatives is not a sign that any of these frameworks are not worth using for your project. It means that these frameworks lack some functionalities and features that are fruitful for some specific requirements of your mobile app development project.
Let us find out some of the top alternatives of these two mobile frameworks which every mobile app development company can consider for their tech stack.
The trustworthiness of any framework or programming language is visible from their showcase of the companies (emerging start-ups to well-established giants) using them for years. In the case of React Native vs NativeScript, here is the list of the top fifteen companies using these frameworks.
If your business falls in any of the below industry categories, then you can consider using NativeScript for mobile app development.
If you are considering mobile application development and are not sure whether to select React Native, then you can consider finding out if your company belongs to any of these industry categories. If yes, then React Native is the right choice for your project.
Most entrepreneurs seek data-backed decisions for every crucial decision as this one. To ensure you have extensive knowledge of both frameworks, we have weighed them on various parameters in the following table.
|Creator||Progress Telerik||Facebook (now Meta)|
|Nature of apps||Natively rendered Nobile apps||Cross-platform native mobile apps|
|Performance||Comparatively slow due to divided components||Performs well due to use of Virtual DOM|
|Documentation||Easy to understand||Lacks details leaving beginners confused|
|Thread model||Single-threaded model||Multi-threaded architecture|
|Platform Support||Android, Android TV, iOS, macOS, tvOS, Web, Windows, and UWP||Apple iOS and Android|
|Web application development||Only possible with Angular + NativeScript or NativeScript-Vue.||Yes|
|Code Sharing||Lesser code sharing due to component styling for individual platforms||Increased code sharing as code is written once|
|Plugin Marketplace||No official plugin marketplace||Has an official marketplace of plugins|
|Community||Bigger and mature||Comparatively smaller|
|Popularity||Most popular||Not so popular|
We know how difficult it can be to choose a framework for your mobile application as it is a kind of decision that you would make once in the development process. To help you ease the decision-making, here are some recommendations for when to opt for React Native or NativeScript.
Choose React Native if:
React Native is the most popular cross-platform mobile app development platform after Flutter according to a 2021 developer survey as mentioned in Statista. It clearly indicates that developers are choosing it often (for various reasons). Here are some such development requirements.
Choose NativeScript if:
Though NativeScript may not be as popular as React Native according to that survey, it sure has its strong fan base. Here is when the developer opts for NativeScript and so can you.
The ball is in your court now!
There are other cross-platform frameworks that are worth comparing with these two frameworks. One such framework is Ionic. You can read our comparison guide React Native vs. NativeScript vs. Ionic to get a better idea of these three frameworks.
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