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React Native is rising in popularity as a convenient solution to build cross-platform mobile apps.

How popular is it, exactly? Let’s have a look about it.

What is React Native?

React Native is an open-source mobile application framework that allows you to build native mobile apps using JavaScript. Normally, we need to program mobile app using Java (for Android) and Swift/Object-C (for iOS). React Native removes that requirement, leading to fully functional apps on both platforms in much less time and using just one coding language.

Is React Native an entirely new invention?


Not exactly. The framework was developed only a few years ago, by a social media company you may have heard of Facebook is the company behind both ReactJS and React Native. In fact, Facebook first created React to build the social platform. After further development, Facebook released ReactJS for the web as open source.

Coming on the heels of ReactJS, the purpose of React Native was to facilitate the creation of mobile apps. It’s simple: if we can code an app once in JavaScript and deploy it both to Android and iOS, your life gets a lot easier.

Why Use React Native

For a long time, React Native was considered to be commercially unviable. It wasn’t developed or supported enough to produce ‘native-like’ apps.

But the times have changed. React Native is gaining popularity, gaining community support, and gaining more market share. It’s getting easier and easier to write brilliant apps using React Native – and the world is taking notice.

Popular React Native apps

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Skype
  • Tesla
  • Walmart
  • Discord
  • Bloomberg

Why React Native Should be Considered for App Development

1.Cross-Platform Development

Cross-platform means that the same component can work on both iOS and Android. In the case, when the design implications are different for Android & iOS, then React provides its specific file extensions and modules. The platform module detects the operating system on which it is running and then defines the implementations as per the platform. The specific files extensions define the files as per that platform.

2. Short Development Cycles

By using React Native, the development of applications becomes faster and it consumes less time. As it is an open source project, there are many components that are easily available for use. On an average, the time of development gets reduced by 30% by using these components.

3. Focus on UI and Access to Native API

React Native focuses exclusively on a mobile UI building and compares favorably with other frameworks. It makes React Native look more like a JavaScript library than a framework. A built mobile app is smoother and is loaded much faster than a classic hybrid one. As JavaScript interacts asynchronously with the native environment, UI feels fluid and is highly responsive.

4. App Performs as a Native App

 Native components which are used in iOS or Android platforms are comparable with React. As a result, an app performs as a native app with relevant functionality as well as look and speed, because of this the developer can boost the performance by developing customized native components and then binding them together.  React Native is very affordable, in fact, if you are looking for a budget constrained solution with good UI & UX and best performance, than React Native is the best choice.

5. Transform Any Web Project into a Mobile Decision Easily

With React Native, a code is reusable. One update is needed for two platforms. It simplifies detecting bugs between codebases a lot. React Native interface is modular and intuitive. It means that developers who aren’t engaged in a project can easily understand it and take it as a basis. All this allows to save time for transforming web project into a mobile decision

6. Single Code Base for iOS And Android 

React Native employs only a single code base for both the platforms – Android as well as iOS. This means that the components, when used again, along with the already existing code, do not demand to recompile or to rewrite the app. Hence, the developer doesn’t need to write the same lines of code multiple times using the same logic.

Summing Up

React Native isn’t just a way for web developers to dip their feet into native applications. It’s a powerful tool that is constantly evolving and maintained by a great community.

It’s been battle-tested by many enterprise apps on the market and it require less and less support from native developers as it evolves. React Native mobile app development is a great choice if you want to build an app with a native feel while saving resources.

iSkylar Technologies is one of the best company which work on React Native mobile app. So, if you are looking to develop an app, then feel free to contact us and share your requirement.

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