React Native is the future of hybrid app development
React Native is the latest technology to sweep the app development scene, as tech giants battle it out to be the platform of choice, React Native has stepped in to harmonise app development. React Native allows developers to create mobile apps using just one language for all major platforms. Traditionally developers would have to learn and code in different programming languages such as Swift, Objective C or Java Script, now they only need to know Java!
That’s because React Native allows you to deploy apps on any platform without compromising on the functionality, performance or visual quality. A bonus as Java is a basic prerequisite of any app developer, that means they’ll be able to develop a mobile app in half the time and have it working smoothly on all of the mobile platforms including iOS and Android. You’ll also be able to scale the app as your business grows, being able to reach into new markets and demographics. The exclusive nature of having a native language to build apps is a decisive choice by mobile firms, Facebook (the creators of the technology) have outlined the challenges they face in trying to deploy their mobile apps:
Facebook also has widely used Android and iOS apps, which are built on top of disjointed, proprietary technology stacks. Having to build our apps on top of multiple platforms has bifurcated our engineering organisation, but that’s only one of the things that makes native mobile application development hard.
If you’re looking for a successful case study you need look no further than your own phone screen; brands such as Netflix, Airbnb and Bloomberg have already used React Native in their current app versions. React Native also gives developers the power to push any new code directly to devices without forcing the user to upgrade the application. There is also the hardware element; you no longer need a powerful Mac with Xcode to create something brilliant, React Native can be used on all systems.
Its malleable nature is already being put to the test through integration with You.i, an open source platform that allows you to upload your videos so they will look great on any screen and any platform. Using the React Native to optimise mobile app visuals screen size, You.i TV is used by media companies to ensure they achieve optimum quality no matter what device their content is being viewed on.
There are web development companies that specialize in React Native, hopping on the bandwagon as early as is possible. They offer value given the universality of developing in React Native, they have embraced the platform in hope of increase volume. Where it is of course in the developer’s interest to use native development as they can charge you for the development of an IOS as well as Android application. Developers who are choosing to code with React Native are turning over high quality applications in half the time and a fraction of the cost of multi-language development.
Cutting down the process and time taken to develop an application means you will spend more time addressing the user experience. Taking the build once, deploy on all choice means you’ll be able to perfect the user interface for every device it is deployed on maintaining the image of quality in a more universal way. We always knew that someone would one day fill the gap between the native languages and bring together all of the platforms in some way. Whilst still in infancy React Native promises to revolutionise how we build applications, as the cost of mobile development becomes more affordable to SME’s the app space is likely to balloon even further in the near future.