White Paper

A Comparative Analysis: Moving to Flutter vs. Xamarin and .NET MAUI.

Date

22nd January 2024

Read

15 min

Creator

Ed Marshall, Tasha Kapur

As of 1st May 2024, support for all Xamarin software development kits (SDKs) – including Xamarin.Forms – will cease. There are no new APIs planned and Xamarin.Forms projects should be migrated to .NET MAUI, while project types currently using Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Mac must be upgraded to .NET SDK-style projects for continued Microsoft support.

If you’re a Xamarin developer or a business using Xamarin for your app development, you might have been wondering about the benefits of the framework evolution to .NET MAUI, whether it’s going to solve any of your niggling Xamarin inefficiencies or perhaps whether it’s time to make the move to Flutter for your next project.

By analysing Xamarin and Flutter’s core capabilities, we’ll compare:

  • Performance & speed
  • Development environment & ease of learning
  • Platform-specific customisation
  • Community & ecosystem
  • Integration & compatibility
  • Cost & licensing

Key takeaways:

  • Dart vs C#: Language comparison
  • Xamarin to Flutter: Potential migration challenges
  • Pros & cons of using Flutter for hybrid iOS development
  • Key differences between Flutter & .NET MAUI