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In the rapidly evolving tech environment that we are living in, many App developers & business owners have a common question – “what type of Mobile app shall I/we build for our business or client?”.

As a tech company, we have been building Web Apps, Mobile Apps and bespoke software solutions for all shapes and sizes of businesses, including #StartUps, over the years and have published a no. of #WebApps and #MobileApps. Considering this, I would like to share some insight on why “React Native” Mobile Apps are my preferred choice.

Before I get to the React Native, just take a look at the “Types” of Mobile Apps

Native Apps – exclusively built for a specific type of Operating system (OS). Apps built on one type of OS cannot be used on another OS. For instance, the iOS (iPhone) Apps can’t be used on Android phone.
Web Apps – not real applications; websites built to work on web browsers running on mobile devices. These do not get installed on the mobile devices.
Hybrid Apps – mixture of native and web apps. Like native apps, these get published in the App stores and can take advantage of many device features available (camera, calendar, geolocation etc.).
Progressive Web Apps – regular web pages but provide additional user functionalities like push notifications, working offline & device hardware access.
Here are the couple of Hybrid Apps that we’ve built and published onto the App Stores recently.
https://MySmartHandyman.app
https://HGVDriverHub.app

Although we’ve received an excellent feedback from our customers on our Hybrid Mobile Apps, we’re concerned about the Apps User Interfaces (UI) not utilizing the full components that are available in each OS (Operating System) SDKs (software development kits). After some research on the available SDKs for each OS, we have made the “React Native” framework as our preferred first choice.

What is React Native?

Back in 2015, Facebook released a new tool for making Natively rendering mobile application that uses React framework. So, React Native is a framework for building Native mobile app using the power, inbuild components and APIs of React. React Native can develop apps for both most popular mobile platform: iOS and Android. Developers do not need to learn two different frameworks if they just choose React Native. Let’s try to dig deeper.

Features of React Native

·  React Native has all the great features using JavaScript since this is basically written in JS.

·  React Native lets you build a real mobile app for both iOS and Android, not just any Web app or Hybrid app.

·  When building an app with React Native, you are not just building a web page running in the browser on your mobile device, you are also building a true app that is distributed within the App Stores.

·  All the UI code will get compiled to native code.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of “React Native”

1.   Large Community of Developers: It is maintained by the developers at Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has some of the most talented developers in the world, allowing you to get the best out of it. This means, if any developer gets stuck to any code, he/she can easily take help from any members of the community.

2.   Free: React Native is completely open sourced thus allowing the developers to utilize the frameworks and all its libraries for free.

3.   Covers Two Major Mobile Platforms: The framework is used for developing both iOS and Android apps. No need to learn Swift (programming language created by Apple) to build iOS app if you’ve the knowledge of React Native.

4.  Takes Less time to Build an App: Most of the time developers share their apps in open source platform. Other developers can use these pre-developed codes without rewriting, thus saving time. That means components of React Native are reusable.

5.  Support 3rd Party Plugins: developers are not bound to the inbuild functions of React Native, they can use various third-party plugins for smoother running, faster loading and less memory consumption. This feature makes this framework a robust modular tool.

6.    Reusability and Cost Saving: You can use the same code for both iOS and Android. This saves huge time for development as well as cost. In principle, efforts by the developers are cut by 50%. Besides, research has shown around 90% of code is reusable on both platforms.

7.   Optimal Performance in Mobile Environments: The architecture is very well tuned for mobile devices making it more efficient compared to other hybrid technologies. The reason behind its enhanced performance is that it uses different threads from UI and native APIs.

8.    Simple UI: Offers a very attractive & responsive User Interface.

9.  Support: Since the community is steadily growing, you are most likely to get good support on both iOS and Android.

Now we know why developers like us, choose React Native. However, we also need to flip the coin to see the other side. Let’s focus some of its major cons:

1.  Still Newbie: It’s moderately new when compared to other Android and iOS app development frameworks.

2.    Steep learning Curve: If you are just starting with app development, there are very few tutorials available currently but increasing all the time.

3. Small Collection of Components: Ready-made components are one of the most prominent pros. But as the community is still relatively small, you may have to search to find the desired components.

4.  Component Quality: Open source components and codes are often error prone and lack the expected quality check.

5.  Less Secure: JavaScript is famous for its vulnerability so extra care to be taken on the security.

At this point, we see the examples of Apps that we have re-designed and re-built from scratch with React Native. One of the biggest advantages of these App are the User Interface (UI), which is very dynamic and intuitive. Some parts of the code of the Apps are open source as well, and you can reuse the code to build better Apps. Isn’t this framework amazing?

Conclusion

              React Native is more than just a cost effective and time saving framework. It has great potential to be used more widely if the developers choose to use React Native as their preferred framework and enrich the library.

The developers may find difficulty due to JS Toolkit. Facebook has announced its feature development plans, using React Native so we can hope it will be able to eliminate all shortfalls eventually.

If you would like to have any further info or clarifications on Web Apps, Mobile Apps or React Native, please feel free to contact me on the email info@yogyassl.co or submit your query using the Contact us form on our website https://yogyassl.co

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