An Unending Debate
We all, since a half decade, have learned the pros & cons of the cross-platform/hybrid app development process and native platform process. Repeating the same seems silly here.
Albeit, React Native is an excellent choice among all present cross-platform mobile app development technologies where compromise with quality remains almost nil and trio of quality with time-to-market, and reduced cost maintained superbly.
A Little Bit about React Native
The journey started from Angular JS in Ionic and today every mobile app developer opts to learn React Native framework for cross-platform app development. Thanks to Facebook, which has a carved footprint of the framework on mobile application landscape. Of course, the community of talented developers has fostered it in the open source arena.
Apart from Facebook, Instagram, Walmart, Airbnb, and UberEats like giants and other more than 1,000 mobile apps have used React Native framework for their innovative app concept and functional app development.
Valid Reasons for that Startups Should Use React Native
If I am going to list the reasons in favor of React Native, the list may be a big one, but here, I am going to cite a few significant only.
Code Once and Cover Major Mobile OS Platforms
Initially, Facebook has iOS platform in mind to gather React Native development team to work on an innovative framework concept. After seeing great success in the iOS app, Facebook has instructed the same React Native developers to extend their JS libraries to support the Android platform.
It means the same libraries are rendering mobile UIs for iOS and Android both with a single code base. Moreover, the same team also is working to give the framework compatibility for Windows and tvOS. In sum, single codebase saves time and resources of app developers without any compromise on app quality and cross-platform support.
Advanced yet Easy Code
Moreover, React Native has improved code that has characteristics of low coding. Code lines are a few in numbers and shortened in length. It immediately cuts the time for testing and overall time-to-market.
Open Source platform React Native is built by Facebook saves 40% to 90% time in developing the apps on different platforms.
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Reusable Native Components
Previously, cross-platform developers were relying on WebView components to supplement the functionality of native components in hybrid app development. Fortunately, in React Native, counterparts of native iOS & Android components are existing.
Those also are available as reusable components that can supplement all expected functionality for native-like mobile experiences. For instance, look-n-feel, speed, and other essential functionality of a native mobile app.
No Rewriting for Existing Apps
If an existing app made & running on any native or cross-platform framework, and you think to switch to Native React framework, it might not be a tough overhaul. It is because Native React library supports the incorporation of Native React components directly into the existing code with a nice plugin and save from the rewrite of the code from scratch.
Hardware Compatibility with 3rd Party Plugin
For hybrid or cross-platform apps, hardware support from the devices running on different mobile platforms like iOS and Android is a big issue. It is because hybrid apps are browser/WebView-based where performance is a hindrance.
With React Native, your app does not solely rely on WebView for certain native functions. Native React supports 3rd party plugins using a native module. Thus, the app can access in-built hardware elements of mobile devices such as GPS, Maps, Bluetooth, touch gestures easily. It solves performance and user experience like issues forever.
We can say that React Native is capable of giving mobile app developers to gain an edge over the competition. It can help developers to attend much-needed trio-quality, timeline, and costs easily. If you are looking for the same trio for your next mobile app development project, Perception System is a known entity in React Native app development community in San Jose, California, USA.
A rich portfolio of React Native designers and developers at Perception System has astounding apps for the leading brands of the world using the React Native framework. Would you like to explore the portfolio and learn how we can help you with the same?