Why React Native Seems To Be Dominating The Mobile App Development Landscape?

Why React Native Seems To Be Dominating The Mobile App Development Landscape?

Over the recent years, mobile app development companies are mushrooming everywhere and claiming big across the globe. Development Professionals are going all the guns to come up with shorter development cycles, quicker time to deployment, and better app performance.

With the advancement in tech, mobile phones have become the half soul of every individual. Businesses often find themselves in confusion in regards to several points such as whether to consider Android or iOS development, create an app featuring superlative User Interface (UI) and outstanding User Experience (UX) or the one which is compatible with multiple platforms and are faster to develop. Here comes React Native to rescue!

Being a native version of the popular web library of the same name, React Native simply aims to bring the power of React to native mobile apps development. It features components which are pure, side-effect-free functions that return what the views look like at any point in time. And that’s the reason why it becomes easier to write state-dependent views as one doesn’t need updating the view when the state changes since the framework does this for you. Now, this brings me to another question, why several companies use React Native?

  • Both iOS and Android are covered
  • Reusable components allow hybrid apps to render natively
  • UI components to an existing app’s code can be applied without any rewriting
  • App development becomes much more efficient
  • Offers third-party plugin compatibility, less memory usage, and a smooth experience

Famous Apps Built with React Native

#1 Commenced as Facebook’s hackathon project

Earlier Facebook wanted to bring out all the advantages of web development starting from quick iterations to having a single team develop the whole product – to mobile. After a while React Native was brought to life and leveraged in mobile app development for both iOS and Android apps. Originally meant to support iOS, React was used by the tech giant to develop its own ad manager app. Today, with its support for the Android operating system the library can now provide mobile UIs for both platforms.

As a result, the overall performance has been improved twice as fast.

#2 Facebook ads and React Native

It may quite interest you to know the Facebook isn’t the only social networking platform produced as React Native application. The framework has proved itself to be pretty much suitable for a lot of complex business logic required to accurately handle differences in ad formats, time zones, currencies, date formats, currency conventions, and so on.

From a design point of view, the interface seemed pretty clean featuring intuitive UX and simple navigation.

#3 Walmart

After proving its innovative attitude, they even decided to revise their mobile app into react native. Walmart managed to improve the performance of the app on both iOS and Android by using less bunch of resources within the shorter time span. It may even interest you to know that around 96% of the codebase was shared between platforms whereas the skills and experience of developers were leveraged across the organization.

React Native gets a rewrite

Have you come across the news stating that the Facebook’s framework will be rearchitectured for its flexibility and improved integration? With the help of JavaScript and the React UI library, we will soon be receiving a rewritten framework that will be more lightweight and better fit into existing native apps. The process involves three major changes:

  • A change to threading model. Calling synchronously into JavaScript on any thread now becomes a possible move. This will even allow React Native developers to focus on high priority threads keeping low ones off the main lead.
  • Adding rendering capabilities allows multiple rendering priorities and simplify asynchronous data handling.
  • Due to bridge simplification, things will become lightweight and faster. This will even result in making direct calls between native and JavaScript pretty efficient and ease the process of building debugging tools such as cross-language stack traces.

At present, it is not much possible to incorporate native navigation and gesture-handling but after the major shift takes place, everything will become straightforward and easy.

Facebook also mentioned that initial principles have made harder to build a single, asynchronous “bridge” between JavaScript and native development. The integration between JavaScript logic with several native APIs can be prevented.

So that’s all for now! Keep watching the space for more information on React Native Development.

Posted by Rooney Reeves

Rooney Reeves
Rooney Reeves is a content strategist and a technical blogger associated with well known firm for eTatvaSoft – Web, e-Commerce & Mobile App Development Company in India. An old hand writer by day and an avid reader by night, she has a vast experience in writing about new products, software design and test-driven methodology. Her write-ups mainly features anything and everything related to the web! With the true passion for creating compelling content for online and offline media, Rooney has donned multiple hats over the past several years.

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