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Top Advantages of React Native for Mobile App Development

Hybrid Mobile Application Development helps in making apps that run smoothly on all platforms. React Native is leading framework for Cross-platform Mobile App Development. It has turned Mobile Development landscape upside down. React Native offers many benefits to app developers.

Salman Saleem
14th Feb 2019
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The technological trends are rapidly evolving and bringing newer trends in the dynamics. Just when iOS and Android app development had become independent markets, completely separated in their own right; the divide has been blurred by React Native. What started off as an experimental stance for creating the user-interfaces for Facebook, React Native has taken the developer community by storm. It remains a pioneer for sustaining the popularity of JavaScript by allowing same code to be used for both iOS and Android platforms. React Native has become leader in Mobile Application Development for cross-platform or hybrid applications that work best on Android and iOS based smart devices.


Following are the Advantages of using React Native for Mobile App Development to craft best hybrid mobile applications.

  • It's all about Time & Money
  • Faster Performance and Development Time
  • Enhanced End-User Experience with Smarter UI
  • Inclusion of Third-party Plugins
  • Lesser Maintenance and Update Time
  • The Top Guns of IT Industry swear by React Native
  • The Future Resounds of React Native


Let us read in detail the Advantages of making use of React Native for cross-platform Mobile App Development.


It's all about Time & Money


The potential of using React Native is immense as it presents upcoming companies the opportunity to create powerful apps that are cost-effective and intrinsic in nature. The same app can be marketed for both iOS and Android platforms with an invariable cutback on costs of development, marketing and deployment. Instead of "doubling" the efforts on various aspects of app development, the savvy IT companies have the opportunity of faster outputs and go-to-market with an overall decrease of 50% in the entire app development life-cycle.


Faster Performance and Development Time


Backed by a strong developer community, React Native is not just a latest trend but a norm that has been seasoned with the help of ReactJS UI library. The platform transfers virtual DOM which in turn improves the overall app performance while it offers simpler programming processes from ReactJS. React Native is set apart from other native frameworks because of the "Live Reload" feature that allows viewing the latest code changes at once. The programming experience is further enhanced if two screens are opened with the first one showing the code, while the second one contains a mobile screen as a result of the code. So you can code, build and test the program simultaneously.


Backed by a strong developer community, React Native is not just a latest trend but a norm that has been seasoned with the help of ReactJS UI library. The platform transfers virtual DOM which in turn improves the overall app performance while it offers simpler programming processes from ReactJS. React Native is set apart from other native frameworks because of the "Live Reload" feature that allows viewing the latest code changes at once. The programming experience is further enhanced if two screens are opened with the first one showing the code, while the second one contains a mobile screen as a result of the code. So you can code, build and test the program simultaneously.


Moreover, the React Native community serves as backbone for each other. It allows the concept of a smaller team unit or even at times a singular JS developer with expertise in native UI elements, design patterns for hybrid mobile app development and APIs. The team works on putting together the various elements of the app and ultimately being primarily responsible for the entire app.


Enhanced End-User Experience with Smarter UI


In contrast to a classic hybrid apps, the applications built on React Native platform has a smoother end-user experience. The UI has a fluid feel – highly responsive and much less loading time. Even mobile gadgets demands are met by the React Native architecture that is built on the graphics processing unit. Other native platforms are more towards intensive central processing unit. Therefore, the apps built on it are faster and more agile in nature. Applications developed in React Native are closer to native apps in android and iOS platforms. React Native has brought hybrid mobile apps much closer to native applications with smooth graphical user interface.


In contrast to a classic hybrid apps, the applications built on React Native platform has a smoother end-user experience. The UI has a fluid feel – highly responsive and much less loading time. Even mobile gadgets demands are met by the React Native architecture that is built on the graphics processing unit. Other native platforms are more towards intensive central processing unit. Therefore, the apps built on it are faster and more agile in nature. Applications developed in React Native are closer to native apps in android and iOS platforms. React Native has brought hybrid mobile apps much closer to native applications with smooth graphical user interface.


Inclusion of Third-party Plugins


React Native allows using third-party plug-ins that cancel out the dependency on specific WebView functions. The framework allows linking the plug-in with a native module. These processes can be linked with an app without any issues in performance and memory usage.


Lesser Maintenance and Update Time


The maintenance time for an app built on React Native is a lot less as well. If the same app is deployed on the iOS and Android platforms, the updates are easier to make. The time for detecting bugs is lessened thanks to the modular and intuitive React Native interface. Even any developer that has not worked on the app can pick up on the slack and start off working on the code immediately. Similarly, the QA team does not need to spend additional time in creating test cases. Thus, the time and resources spent on bug fixation and updates is invariably reduced.


The Top Guns of IT Industry swear by React Native


The popularity of React Native is substantiated with its continuous patronage by a variety of renowned mobile apps including the likes of Facebook. As the torch-bearer for React Native, Facebook uses this framework in a variety of ways to support its mobile apps. Facebook's Ads Manager was the first cross-platform app that used React native for handling complex business logic related to different currencies, time-zones and date/time conventions.


Even Walmart has adopted React Native to manage large volumes of transactions that occur especially during times of high user demand such as Black Friday, Christmas sale etc. To keep up with the high volume of customers and huge bulk of transactions, Walmart decided to opt for React Native that improved the overall performance of their app for both iOS and Android users.


More companies are now moving towards the scalable solution that React Native provides for mobile app development. Even many financial software and media companies are now using React Native. For example, Bloomberg; that has successfully released a new mobile app for its consumers using both iOS and Android devices. The app development took significantly a lot lesser time that has made the app be easily available to consumers.


The Future Resounds of React Native


Great things come from collaboration. What started off as an experiment in a hackathon in 2013, is now a profound platform backed by a powerful developer community that believes in open source and support for each other. Moreover, with Facebook and several other big guns continuing their app development through this platform; the importance of React Native is undeniable.


It also leverages huge importance for start-up IT companies that want to create influential apps and generate easy revenue without the cost and effort of huge investment. As time passes, the concept of re-usability and simplicity in the overall construct of the app as well as the engaged resources are two factors that are widely favored by companies of any magnitude.


If you have an idea that you'd like to work on and create an app that captures iOS and Android audience alike, then it's time you paid serious attention to React Native. The platform offers various features that are rich and exclusive. After all, the industry trend-setters have created and continuously grooming the platform to meet their business needs – which is why there is no need for you to not be part of the league.


Conclusion


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Note

This post was originally posted as Unraveling the Growing Popularity of React Native on the Techliance Blog.

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