When a business plans to work on mobile app development, an important part to think about is whether to develop applications for iOS or Android. While iOS is known for better user experience, Android is much faster to deploy and cheaper to develop. The ideal scenario would be to merge the benefits of these two dominant platforms to offer superior app performance while keeping development times and costs minimum. Hybrid mobile apps bridge the gap between user experience and ease of development.
Below are the reasons why is React Native the future of mobile app development:
Compatibility across platforms: React Native was initially developed to support the iOS platform, but due to its widespread demand, it was soon extended to Android as well. Most of the APIs on React Native can be used cross-platform, allowing developers to use it to build a single code base that works on both iOS and Android. This helps reduce costs incurred in developing separately for each platform. Moreover, React Native is an open source, a feature that greatly enhances its prospects of being used by developers for cross-platform compatibility with Windows and tvOS.
Reutilization of Code: React Native’s code has reusable components that compile directly to the native platform. This ensures the view and experience across iOS and Android are consistent. Moreover, the app will have the look, speed, and functionality of a native mobile app. The structure allows developers to build using a more agile and web-like approach when compared to other hybrid frameworks.
The platform is developer friendly even in terms of making modifications since changes can be made even when the app is running, thereby eliminating the need to restart. Also, a page refreshes on reloading, which makes the process less cumbersome.
Better functionality: React Native is based on Facebook’s React JS UI library for web apps which adds to it benefits like better performance, simplified programming, and DOM abstraction along with the agility and speed of web app development.
Compatibility with Third-Party Plugins: Since React Native is compatible with third-party plugins, the app doesn’t need to employ WebView for specific functions such as maps. The framework links the plugin with a native module, allowing device features or functions such as tap, zoom and rotate, which use less memory and provide quicker load times. The compatibility also ensures a smooth experience even if the device is running on an older operating system.