Why you should use React Native for your mobile app
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There’s been quite a buzz about React Native lately. The brainchild of both Facebook and the open source community, this mobile development framework has attracted many positive reviews. In particular, working with this framework made one iOS developer go as far as to claim he might
Seems like a bold statement, doesn’t it?
What’s more, React Native is gaining traction among big market players. Netflix and Airbnb are already using it for their apps. Microsoft is bringing React Native to Windows and XBox, and Samsung will be making it a part of Tizen, its proprietary OS for smart devices. The examples of iOS and Android apps built with React Native include Facebook, Discovery VR, Baidu, and the SoundCloud Pulse.
With so many big names on the list, you might wonder if this framework will suit your next project. So what is it that React Native has to offer?
Speed Booster for Native App Development
Development with React Native produces reusable code which saves you time and money. Having the same program components shared by different app versions means less time spent on development, testing, and debugging, as well as simpler and faster updates.
But how much code is reusable? According to DevBridge, iOS and Android versions of the same React-based mobile app can share about 80% of common code.
Native to the Bone
So far, you might’ve gotten an impression of reading about another “write once, run anywhere” solution, but this is absolutely not the case with React Native. And, actually, it is the good news.
Now, Web apps can be great. However, they can’t quite match the look and feel of a native app — especially when it comes to subtle animations, scrolling acceleration, or similar things. Subtleties of this sort are exactly where React Native shines.
With this approach, you need to develop different versions of the app for different platforms. However, both the performance and the look and feel of the end product are a lot closer to what you’d expect from a native application.
Reliable Ecosystem Backed by Facebook and ReactJS
The answer is simple: Facebook.
As of July 2016, the business of Facebook was worth $363.8 billion. The financial success of this business largely stems from the company’s software development strategy. And React Native is an essential part of this strategy.
In 2013, Facebook proved itself fully capable of driving innovation in software development thanks to ReactJS. Being the 6th most-starred project on Github, ReactJS has amassed a vast community of developers. With the launch of React Native, these developers got an opportunity of building mobile apps with a technology stack they already know.
As a matter of fact, ReactJS and React Native are Facebook’s top-two open source projects as of March 2016. As a consequence, updates are often, and the community of developers is booming. What this means for someone who’s aiming to create a new mobile app, is that React-based projects get a steady supply of qualified workforce.
Wrap-Up: How React Native Can Benefit Your App
Summing it all up, there are multiple reasons for you to choose React Native over other mobile development platforms:
- With React Native, you can optimize human resources by having the same specialists work on iOS and Android versions of your app.
- With 80% of code shared by your iOS and Android app, you will greatly enhance the speed of production and updates.
- React Native outperforms hybrid frameworks in terms of performance and the look and feel of the end product.
If these points sound convincing enough, have a look the apps built with React Native. See how this framework performs for search engines, VR solutions, messaging services, and other applications. This way, you will know for sure if React Native fits your business idea of a new mobile app.