Is React Native worth using and what are its advantages?
In this article, our experts talk about the JS framework created by the Facebook team. It allows you to write hybrid mobile and tablet applications that will work on iOS, Android, and Universal Windows Platform. They will even run and look like native ones.
The difference between native and hybrid applications:
- Native application is written separately for each platform, taking into account all its features. A hybrid application is written once, but for all platforms.
- Applications written in React Native are somewhere in the middle between native and hybrid ones. This framework kind of represents the future of tablet application development, and makes the border between native and hybrid development more transparent.
Here are the six main reasons for using this framework when it comes to tablet applications development.
First reason — cross-platform
Important: there are some issues which require a specific approach for each platform. For example, a UX/UI difference for iOS and Android versions.
Second reason — simplicity and usability
But in any case, to create a quality code you must have both Android and iOS experience. Platforms have a lot of similar and specific features, so it’s quite easy to get confused during a development process. In other words, React Native is simple and convenient if a developer understands what they are doing and what they need to get in the end.
Important: when creating an application for Android, you can use both Linux and Windows. But when developing an application for iOS, it is assumed to choose Mac OS X.
Third reason — time-saving
The ability to create cross-platform projects and the ease of development shorten the project development time in comparison with the development of native apps. In addition, React developers community is very supportive which cuts the time for problem-solving. There are also a large number of plug-ins in open access that can be used in React Native. They also simplify the work of a developer.
Important: if you are willing to create your application as a hybrid, but haven’t decided about the exact framework to be implemented, we recommend choosing React Native. Perhaps, in this case, the project will run a little longer and will cost a little more compared to the use of other frameworks for hybrid applications. But at the same time, your final product will look and run like a native application on all platforms.
Fourth reason — proximity to native applications
Applications developed by React Native look and run almost like natives one. These are real tablet applications, and they meet the expectations of the user who is used to using Android or iOS. React Native occupies its niche in the field of mobile development: it is ideal for those cases where the speed of native applications is needed, but without their complexity (for small and medium-sized applications).
Important: with all the advantages of React Native, it is better to use native development when it comes to large applications that involve complex processing of video information and complex calculations or operations with large amounts of data.
Fifth reason — automatic updates
React Native has another serious advantage: updates are installed automatically, and there is no need to perform a standard manual installation procedure via the App Store (for iOS) or Play Store (for Android). The automatic application updating eliminates the possibility of problems with earlier versions.
Sixth reason — good compatibility with native components
The undoubted advantage of React Native is compatibility with the native application code components (written in Objective C or Swift for iOS or in Java for Android).
On the one hand, you can add native components to applications developed with React Native, for example, if you need higher performance. On the other — you can use React Native components in native applications, for example, to add certain functions to both platforms at once (as it used in Instagram).
Important: the main demonstration of React Native’s favorable compatibility with other tools for mobile development is the IT whales that already successfully use applications developed with React Native: Facebook, Instagram, Walmart, etc.
The six reasons above are enough to get the idea of React Native and understand is it suitable for application development in your particular case.
Anyway, it’s up to you to decide. Just take into account the specifics of the future product, the experience of your development team and the specific conditions of the future project.