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Is React Native Really the Future of Mobile App Development?

  • Thursday, January 3, 2019
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There have been massive advancements in technology over the course of time. However, only a few sectors have witnessed unprecedented growth and one of them is the mobile app development industry.

According to statistics, by end of the year 2020, mobile apps are predicted to generate $188.9 billion in revenue via app stores and in-app advertising.

The users also love the apps that offer flawless performance, seamless navigation, as well as aesthetical appeal. The increasing demand for better, faster, and more innovative apps has led to the urgency to fulfill these requirements.

On the contrary, high performing, quality native applications are time-consuming to develop as compared to cross-platform applications that provide faster deployment but they compromise slightly on the performance.

To survive in this increasingly fast-paced world, mobile app developers require enhanced technology to build revolutionary mobile applications and keep in-sync with the demand. React Native is rapidly transforming the world of mobile and has emerged as a viable solution to write brilliant apps.

What is React Native and is it really the future of mobile app development?

React Native is the native version of the JavaScript library which is maintained by the developers at Facebook and Instagram.

It performs well on targeted platforms, easy to debug and provides a fast track to completion.

With React Native, you can build mobile apps that are indistinguishable from the apps developed using Java or Objective-C. It uses the same user interface building blocks as the regular iOS and Android apps, but here you combine the building blocks using React and JavaScript.

React Native has earned massive popularity, community support, and market share within the few years since it was introduced. The Github statistics reveal that 1002 contributors have committed 7,971 times in 45 branches with 124 releases and it is also the 14th most starred repository on Github.

 

Following are the Reasons Why React Native is The Future of Mobile App Development

 

Cross-Platform Compatibility

In the beginning, React Native was introduced for iOS. However, due to its amazing capabilities and features, Facebook developed its support for Android as well. Now, at present majority of React Native APIs are cross-platform, which means that developers can build both iOS and Android app through React Native with one codebase.

Moreover, you can embed native code conveniently, when required, to impart a more platform-specific authenticity in your app. This not only reduces the development cost considerably but also saves time which otherwise is spent writing codes.

As mentioned, there are instances when you need to be platform specific, for example, design implications are quite different on iOS and Android. React Native provides Platform modules and specific file extensions. The Platform module can detect the OS which is supporting the app, and use it to define platform-specific implementations. With Platform specific file extension, React can select the correct file based on the OS on which the app is running on.

Native Functionality

Mobile apps developed using React Native function similarly as any native app. When it comes to usability, scroll accelerations, keyboard behavior, and animations all these functionalities play a defining role in the popularity of an app and thus, developers just can’t ignore it.

The user interface developed with React Native includes native widgets that perform flawlessly. React Native along with JavaScript runs the even the most complex apps smoothly, outperforming even the real native apps, without any WebView. Therefore, building apps with React Native is a competitive solution for developing robust apps at a lower cost.

Instant Live Updates

Another major advantage of using React Native is Live Updates. With the extensive use of JavaScript, developers have the option of pushing the updates directly to the user’s phones instead of going to the app store update cycle.

This ensures that users can enjoy the updated versions of the app immediately and you as a developer do not have to deal with the problems associated with older versions. Therefore with React Native, the entire procedure is extremely streamlined and simple.

We can use Microsoft’s live update service CodePush SDK, which integrates with React Native app and can enable push notifications to our app. The only drawback present which is present here is that only JavaScript file and the assists can be updated using this feature. Other updates which need the Native OS will have to go through the App store or Play Store’s standard for the update process.

Simple to Learn

React Native is highly readable and easy to learn since it is based on language fundamental. It is the perfect tool for developers, who are new to JavaScript, as it provides a range of components, including filters and maps

Positive Developer Experience

React Native provides such a developing environment, where the developers have a better experience. It allows the modifications and implementations to take place while the app is running, eliminating the need to restart the app. Hot reloading refreshes the user interface whenever any changes are made to the file. It simplifies the iteration cycle by removing the re-building and deploying step.

React Native uses flexbox layout engine for creating the app layouts for both the platforms, iOS, and Android. Therefore, you can use one layout engine to develop on both platforms. We can also use the Chrome developer tools to embed React Native with desktop chrome browser which gives us easy access to the debugger and profiling tools.

React Native gets massive support from the developing community, and it offers many components that are easily available for use, making the app developing process much faster.
You will find this article useful: Everything you need to know about Progressive Web Apps

Supported by Facebook and a Growing Technology

As you begin developing an app on a relatively new coding framework, you are concerned about the app’s future and whether it would be supported or accepted well in the future. Since  Facebook’s Engineering team supports React Native, it has a huge developing community to back it. This community along with Facebook is continuously improving its under-development framework, setting futuristic goals and a promise of better technology.

Conclusion

React Native is a thriving community that offers an ecosystem for the mobile app development sector. It has morphed into a go-to-framework for the developers, who want to develop the most innovative and competitive apps.

React Native provides easy access to libraries and plugins, developers can expedite the app development phase. The apps include the prominent features of native apps without compromising on the performance, all of that within a reduced timeframe, cost, and resources.

iWebServices is a prominent React Native Development Company. With its expert team of developers, seasoned in the React Native technology, we can deliver cutting-edge mobile app development solutions for both iOS and Android.

Yatin

Yatin Malik, in his role as Business Consultant, has proved himself to be someone with a wealth of knowledge in Techno-Marketing function. Yatin enjoys writing about technology that simplifies its usage for any business. A vivid blogger by passion, Yatin enjoys contributing to various communities and groups. He can be reached at yatin [at] i-webservices.com.

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