Ionic vs. Flutter: Which one works best for You?

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IONIC Vs FLUTTER

In today’s rapid world, the success of any company depends on how successful they are, in engaging their customers, and for how long. As customers, today access the internet through various devices like, mobile, tablet, watches, etc. thus the mobile application of any business should be such that it is compatible with all devices and Ionic App Development Company India gives this opportunity. The above scenario makes the cross-platform mobile app more popular than any other apps because of the added advantage that users can access it on more than one device. 

             IONIC: WHAT IS IT?          

-It is an open-source and free toolkit to provide an interactive UI. It helps in creating the desktop and mobile application with standardized technologies like CSS, HTML & JavaScript which performs well, is beautifully designed, and is progressive. 

– It supports Vue.JS and is officially integrated with Angular & React. The focus area of the Ionic framework is the look and feel of the app along with the UI interaction.

-It is supported by many international communities.

-Ionic is developed by a company named Drifty and was released initially in 2013. It is a software framework and holds the MIT license.

Below mentioned are some of the advantages of using the Ionic platform:

1)Works well with the hybrid mobile

2)It allows rapid prototyping.

3)It is integrated with Angular.

And below given are a few of the limitations of the Ionic platform:

1)It is not meant for developing the game.

2)It is not friendly with UI-intensive apps.

      FLUTTER: WHAT IS IT?

-Flutter is a Software Development Kit developed by Google and the community and was initially released in 2017. It is written in various languages like C, C++, Dart.

-Rather than a software framework, Flutter is an application framework. It holds the new BSD license.

-It supports creating high-performing and modern native applications for both iOS and Android platforms.

-It offers easy prototyping and is a low code framework.

-It is an SDK that uses a single code, Dart to develop smooth mobile applications. It can easily be integrated with Swift and Objective C on iOS and inbuilt Java code in Android.

-Flutter is comparatively new in the market but has gained more popularity than ionic and has also inspired developers to learn Dart. Flutter is used by Greentea, Google Ads, Alibaba, etc.

Below mentioned are some of the advantages of Flutter:

-It is backed by Google, a trustworthy firm

-It gives smooth & high-grade performance

-It is compiled into Native C

Along with the advantages, there is also some limitation of the Flutter which are stated below:

-The developer needs to learn dart to work on Flutter

-It lacks user-friendly documentation which makes the documentation a bit difficult

-There is the absence of community support in Flutter

-Also, there is a restriction of promotion in this software development Kit.

The above points clear that both, Ionic and Flutter have their pros and cons, thus, selecting one of them is not that easy. So, before making a selection, one needs to understand the differences and technical compatibilities of both along with their differences. 

Below mentioned are a few of the parameters based on which one can compare both Flutter and Ionic and select the one as per their requirement:

1)Curve of learning

-Flutter requires exclusive developers who are learning Dart to build mobile or desktop apps and is continuously growing with the support of Google.

-While Ionic is associated with many web technologies and so it offers an easier curve of learning. Because of the wrapper plugins, ionic is used to design game apps.

2)Portability of Code 

-When it is about the deployment of the app on the mobile or desktop, both platform’s code performs similarly. 

-One can create very attractive Android and iOS apps using a single codebase using Flutter. But Flutter has a limitation on web deployment, thus if you want an app with maximum flexibility you can go for Ionic.

-If one wants to deploy their app as Progressive Web Application then they should use Ionic only.

3)Performance

-The performance of the app majorly depends on the way the developer writes the code rather than on which platform have you chosen to work. If one has to do very dense animations, then they should go for Flutter.

-But if one is looking for such applications which are more customer-facing then Ionic can be a smart choice.

-The performance of Flutter & Ionic depends on the bundle size of the app. On one side where to create even a basic app Flutter requires heavy code, on the other side, Ionic utilizes primitives as well as standard browser runtime.

4)Skills & Knowledge

-This is one of the distinguishing points between the Flutter and Ionic. If one wants to be a Flutter developer, then he must acquire knowledge of Dart language. While Ionic is the framework of Javascript. So, the current market is dominated by almost 70% Ionic developers and just 1.9% Flutter developers.

-If one is a Dart Developer then it is their constraint to stand alone and work only on the applications empowered by the Flutter. But if one hires Ionic App Developers, the developers can work on several JavaScript frameworks for web, mobile, or desktop apps.

-Flutter works in a very customized environment thus if someone learns Flutter then he only knows Flutter. While it is not the same with Ionic like if someone is learning Ionic, then he is learning how to build the apps in general. Thus, the skills and sense which you learn while working on Ionic will benefit you anywhere.

5)The Shelf life and flexibility

-It is evident that the sustainability of Ionic projects is much better than the Flutter projects. When one chooses Ionic then you follow the web standards. Here one can create a unique script to develop cross-platform applications by following the same standard.

-Also, the biggest advantage of Ionic is that one can use the application with any type of JavaScript Framework.

6)UI Proximity

-The User Interface elements in both, Ionic and Flutter appear native and match the look of the platform they are running on, for example- Cupertino for iOS. Both have the accessibility to services of the platform through a well built library of pre-installed plugins along with building the customized plug-ins.

Conclusion:

The above points give a fair clarity on the difference as well as similarities between the Ionic and Flutter. Both aim at creating very beautiful and high-performing applications.

 When one builds with Ionic, the developer learns the languages and tools of the web utilizing a framework which is apt for designing the app for mobile, or desktop and especially the web.

In contrast, if one chose Flutter, it has its self-defined ecosystem which stands odd against the common language, standards, and regular toolsets.

Thus, it completely depends on the user that where he wants his app to get deployed and what skills want to learn for the future, accordingly, can use Ionic or Flutter.