Making a Choice Between NativeScript and React Native

A lot of times the reason to choose a specific platform for app development is based on the budget or the money being spent on it. When it comes to cutting the budgets for mobile app development, the cross-platform approach will probably be the first and the most favorable option that anybody would think of. Businesses can indeed save almost 40% of the finance and time by opting for cross-platform development, as opposed to using the native app development platforms.

React Native and NativeScript are the most renowned and two leading frameworks in the cross-platform development for iOS and Android. Both these frameworks were introduced by Facebook. Both the frameworks have really awesome documentation. Both these frameworks are also open-source and free. So, what we would suggest is to contact our react native app development experts and understand the differences between both these platforms would best suit your business need.

In this article, we are mainly going to look at the differences between both these platforms, both technical and non-technical.

1. A company named Telerik is the provider and supporter of NativeScript, whereas React Native is built from Facebook. Software developers often prefer a framework in which they get an option of support, which is provided by Telerik, in this case. Telerik also provides a host of services, tools, and solutions.

2. While React Native is still in its earlier versions, NativeScript is already in version 2.0. NativeScript offers an entire stack for both Android and iOS. For React Native, there are still many gaps that need to be filled up.

3. React Native, being a part of React.js will be backed up by the React community. Google backs NativeScript and has the Angular.js community on its side. Both the communities are pretty strong in every sense with millions of developers.

This was all non-technical. Let’s jump to some of the technical details now

1. Web Framework Integration. NativeScript makes use of Angular, which is still the first framework they recommend to developers. They have a JS framework of their own with reactive programming, TypeScript support, and a templating system, just the way it is in Angular. React Native acts as a UI library, so it doesn’t really have a web framework. You have to choose state management, network modules, and navigation offered by the community.

2. Native APIs. With NativeScript, you get full access to native APIs and native third-party libraries. There will be modifications required when using third-party libraries. With React Native, you don’t get complete access to native APIs or third-party libraries. So you must be familiar with Objective-C, Swift and Java to write a bridge.

3. Asset Management. In NativeScript, you are required to add an image to both Android and iOS folders, while with React Native doesn’t disclose platform specifics, so you add an image anywhere and the same will be copied to both iOS and Android folders.

4. Themes. There are various themes in NativeScript and they are inspired by the Bootstrap framework. This way the gap between different platform UIs is covered. In React Native, you get the look and feel offered by the device. Though there are themes available on Github and several other platforms.

5. Plugins. There is an official marketplace and a verification process for NativeScript while React Native has not official marketplace but there are community driven plugins.

6. Community. Both the frameworks were released probably at the same time, but they have now reached different versions. If the downloads and other stats are to be believed, the open-source community is more interested in contributing to React Native than NativeScript.

7. Support. As discussed earlier, NativeScript gets support from Telerik. Community requests via Github are taken into consideration by NativeScript. They generate revenue from offering support and training. React Native is more inclined towards open source community practices for technical and urgent questions.

So, Which of the Two should You Choose?

Now making a choice between NativeScript and React Native is fairly easy after you know the differences between the both. The choice is also influenced a lot by the kind of app you are developing and the requirements of that app. But if you have an app in Angular or React, it is obvious that you will go for NativeScript for Angular or React Native for Hybrid. But in case you are not bound to any of those frameworks, go through the article and choose wisely.

Please drop your feedback in the comments section below and let’s discuss! We would love to hear back!

For more information about the most popular react technologies, see the other articles from the series:

The Important Hacks for Developing for Amazing Hybrid Apps with ReactJS
Creating Custom Lossless Scalable Icons for your React Native Apps
Will 2018 be the Year of React.JS?

Keval Padia
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile game development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.