React Native has rapidly become a favorite among businesses. Whether they are startups or fortune 500 companies, this open-source platform has become a goldmine of resources for app development. This platform was nothing short of a revolution. The mere fact that it made developing mobile apps possible for iOS and Android at the same time ensured it spread like a wildfire.
What is React Native
The Facebook Ads platform till that point in time was using the stereotypical MVC approach to the process. With more functionalities being layered on, the complexity inevitably increased. It should come as no surprise even to those not in tech, that if you do not have a handle on an instrument, it becomes unwieldy even for experts.
The framework worked so well, that it was agreed that it should be made available to the community as a whole. So, after successfully decoupling from the FB Stack it in 2013, React was open-sourced. Facebook officially released React Native in 2015, effectively changing the way we develop mobile apps. A cross-platform development tool that gives all the native benefits.
The platform went on to help develop some of the most familiar apps in the world today. When first released though, it did raise some doubts as to its viability for commercial usage, but the platform managed to prove the doubters wrong.
From pure React to Hybrid developments, businesses have managed to leverage this framework in a variety of scalable ways. Here are some of the things that truly set React Native apart from the competition.
Benefits of React Native in Hybrid App Development
Save on Costs & Time
The cross-platform applications of this platform make it an absolute time saver when it comes to development. Since the code is applicable for both iOS and Android, the business does not have to spend on creating separate apps, instead can focus on investing and creating a unified entity. In terms of sheer costs, this can be lower than the cost of creating a single app. Moreover, in terms of sheer decision-making, it becomes much easier to launch the app on both platforms simultaneously, saving a ton of time. Moreover, the fact this is a common platform for both Oss, any updates or maintenance done can simultaneously be applied for both iOS and Android.
There is no difference in the performance of a React Native app and a native app made for Android or iOS. Considering they are coded specifically for mobile use, their performance is also pretty much at the same level. Most hybrid technologies that allow for cross-platform applications usually need to use the central processing unit of the system, React Native uses the graphic processing unit instead. This makes them much faster and definitely a better bet when it comes to effective and time-sensitive projects.
Fantastic Community Support
React Native is an open-sourced platform and has thousands of users around the world. It is regularly ranked as the most popular cross-platform tool on Github, and in 2020 was the most popular in the world. Its easy access and widespread contributions from developers spread globally make it a fantastic support system for your app.
Aids Faster Publishing
Before React, the process of publishing updates was pretty time-consuming with the developers having to go back to the drawing board for different versions of the app. Over-the-air updates also allow you to publish any changes or fixes while the app is in use. This eliminates the need to update the app through the stores, eliminating the manual aspect of it entirely, making the process smoother, faster, and a lot more effective.
Better Project Management
React Native provides what is known as ‘hot reloading’. This essentially means that the developer can see the changes to the app while they are making it in a separate window. This becomes a fantastic functionality for developers helping save time and provide immediate feedback for approval or changes. The ability to keep the app running while adding newly edited files is invaluable.
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