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Shahroz Bakht

React Native vs NativeScript – What is a better-quality option for Native App Development

All native mobile apps work on specific mobile platforms whether an Android or an iOS. Native application development might seem a little time-consuming activity but overall, the benefits like fast speed of operations, latest SDK’s, highly efficient and responsive UI’s more than makes up for it. Here we try and point out the differences two technologies of the same nature, React Native and Native Script and find out which one is better fit for quality.

React and NativeScript – What are these technologies?

NativeScript provides developers with features to build applications on Android and iOS, it is an open-source framework created by Progress (Formerly known as Telerik). The astounding thing about this framework is that it got 3000 stars on GitHub in just 3 months from it’s inception in 2015. Now it boasts a total of 700 plugins and supports Angular and Vue.js frameworks, still despite all that, it does not attract users and not as much popular to developers as React Native.

React Native is a framework that nearly 12% of developers around the world use to create high-quality mobile applications. This framework is especially quality endorsed because it supports an innovative hot reloading feature as well as provides top-notch app performance benefit and fast iteration.

React and NativeScript – What apps can be built with them?

Both the frameworks are not very old in the software industry, but both were put into inception to build top-notch native apps to win the heart and minds of the users.

Some examples of applications that are built using React Native include:

  • Discord – which is very popular among gaming enthusiasts.
  • Soundcloud – the online platform for music.
  • Vogue world – Online fashion news application

Some examples of applications that are built using NativeScript include:

  • MyPuma - the app to sell sports products.
  • California Court Access serves like a reminder for users about their court gatherings in the California region

React and NativeScript – What are the key differences?

To create native mobile apps developers use React Native and NativeScript for iOS and Android devices. The approaches to app performance are different, as with the access of Native API’s, learning curve, architecture etc. Let us see how the two frameworks differ to each other.

Learning Curve

To measure the time spent and output of an application, learning curve is the measure to rely on. So, let us find out where this criterion is better in NativeScript or React Native.

The ability of NativeScript to create apps in several combinations is the most distinguishable feature with other frameworks, which include:

  • NativeScript and JavaScript.
  • NativeScript and Vue.js.
  • NativeScript and Angular.
  • NativeScript and TypeScript.


The changes to UI are calculated on a UI thread on react native which in turn leads to responsive UIs. The flip side is that if a person want to use native APIs or custom components, they should know Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android to access them.

NativeScript developers implement the UI thread to execute the UI.Some other benefits of this framework are simple access to native APIs, zero-day support for OS releases. And smoothly created animations,

Programming Languages

In the case of NativeScript, it uses TypeScript as a programming language for writing code, as for React Native – JavaScript, Kotlin, Java, Objective-C, and Swift. Each of them is implemented for different purposes to build React Native apps:

Kotlin is a good option if developers want to bridge UI components and native Kotlin modules.

JavaScript can highlight errors during runtime while creating a native app.

Objective-C and Swift are mainly used to develop iOS apps.

Java is implemented when you need to create an app for the Android platform.

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