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Native app vs. Flutter app development: the differences

Within SST we develop both Natively and with Flutter, but is one better than the other? In this article we take a high-level look at the difference between native app development and using Flutter.

Native mobile app in use

What is a Native App?

With native app development, apps are built specifically for a specific platform (iOS or Android), using the corresponding programming languages and frameworks. This may mean that developers must develop and maintain separate codebases for each platform, requiring additional time and effort.

Develop Flutter app

On the other hand, Flutter offers a cross-platform approach where a single codebase is used to develop apps that can run on different platforms. Flutter allows developers to reduce development time and work more efficiently because they don't have to maintain multiple code bases, unlike native apps. A Flutter app can be especially beneficial for teams with limited resources or tight deadlines.

"Did you know? Do you use a separate programming language for developing Flutter apps, Dart? This language was specifically developed by Google to develop with Flutter!”

iPhone app native or Flutter?

Pros and cons

While native app development offers advantages in terms of full access to platform-specific features and optimal use of device resources, Flutter's extensive set of customizable widgets and fast performance can provide similar user experiences. However, it is important to note that in some cases, such as apps with very specific requirements or apps that are deeply integrated with the operating system, native app development may be preferable.

How do you choose?

The decision between native app development and using Flutter depends on several factors, including the needs of the project, available resources, and desired timeline. It is important to make a thorough evaluation of the specific requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of each platform in order to make the best choice for developing high-quality and efficient apps.

App developed for mobile phone

SST is happy to help you

From SST we are happy to guide you in making the choice between having a native app developed or using Flutter. Together we look at the exact question and determine a solution that fits. Leave your phone number and we'll call you back!

Bram Wenting

Bram Wenting is co-owner of SST Software and SST Labs. Read his blogs.

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