React Native Advantages

Webspace Team specializes in mobile applications development for the last 4 years. The biggest part of our projects is cross platform applications for iOS and Android platforms. For our clients, we always try to choose the best way of development. That is why, if we are talking about the mobile application, we prefer to work with React Native. We have spoken about this framework in our previous article when we compared different ways of hybrid development in “Hybrid development: Ionic, React Native or Flutter?” And today our React Native Developers want to explain why we like React Native so much and try to share with you the most important React Native Advantages.

1. Fast development and saving money

Cross-platform development reduces the time required for the implementation of the project (in comparison with native development). Additionally, the timing is positively affected by support from the developed community of React developers: there is a large number of plugins in the public domain that can be used in React Native. About 90% of a codebase is reusable and it speeds up the development almost twice and also reduces development costs. Writing code once for two platforms will be much cheaper than writing two codes separately for iOS and Android. It means that you can save at least 30% of costs compared to native technologies.

However: If to compare with the most popular frameworks for the development of cross platform mobile applications, then the React Native will be one of the most expensive and long-term options. But thanks to it, your application will look and behave as native on all platforms.

2. JavaScript is the most popular programming language in the world

React Native Developers write applications with JavaScript, one of the most popular programming languages in the world, according to the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019. The developer writes the main part of the code in Javascript - a common language for all platforms, and this code interacts with native components of operating systems. As a result, we get mobile applications that work on all existing platforms: iOS, Android. It follows that the customer doesn’t need to spend a long time searching for Swift or Java developers.

3. React Native is easy to market

With 3rd party services like Microsoft CodePush you can have another major advantage of cross-platform development: updates are installed in applications automatically and don’t require standard manual installation procedures through the App Store (for iOS it can save up to 48 hours) or the Play Store (for Android it can save up to 24 hours). The ability to automatically update all applications eliminates the possibility of having problems with earlier versions

However: Automatic updating is possible only for that part of the application that is written in JavaScript. Any short updates are related to native components, and are installed in the traditional way.

4. React Native feels native

Your users will never guess that the application that is installed on their gadgets are not native. The UI looks and feels like that because of JavaScript interactions with the native environment. For example, did you know that a lot of modern applications like Instagram, Facebook, Skype and many others were created with React Native? You didn’t? Check out article 9 Mobile Applications Built With React Native

5. React Native is as fast as native

Applications developed with React Native are close to native in behavior and appearance. These are real mobile applications, and they meet the expectations of users who use iOS and Android. In a certain sense, React Native occupies its niche in the field of mobile development: it is ideal for those cases when you need the speed of native applications, but do not need their complexity.

However: With all the advantages of React Native, we recommend using a native development for the large projects and applications that involve complex video processing and calculations, or operations with large-volume data.

In conclusion of all previously listed points, we can see that React Native can solve a lot of problems of mobile development for different platforms. But anyway, it is not perfect either. Unfortunately, there is no universal framework for each application and it is always a part of our job to find the best way of development for our customers. We do believe that React Native is, however, closer to it than any other hybrid framework and our team will be glad to create the best application for you using it.=)

by Ragneda
on 5 March 2020

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