React Native was developed for iOS only, but its popularity convinced Facebook to develop Android support as well. Now developers can develop apps for both iOS and Android through React Native through one codebase at any point in time, and this leads to reduced development costs.
Traditionally, ‘hybrid’ apps that work on both mobile platforms are criticized and touted to be low-performance apps, although hybrid apps suffer for complicated apps mostly. Developing through React Native has its own share of benefits because they are compiled into native code, which means they function like native apps for both platforms.
Reusability is critical to React Native since the building blocks are native components that can be compiled into native languages of Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android.
With Reach Native, developers can opt for agility and rapid approach to development that allows for quicker mobile development process without compromising on quality and usability.
Third-party plugins mean you won’t have to rely on a WebView for specific functions. For example, if you’re adding Google Maps functionality to your app, React Native lets you link the plugin with a native module, so you can link the map up with the device’s functions like zoom, rotate, and the compass, while using less memory and loading faster. If your app supports older operating systems (and older devices), this can help you keep the app running smoothly.
The typical workflow of development for both platforms consists of writing code on React Native and then leveraging native languages to optimize the app elements. Developers now have the freedom to develop apps as required. React Native can help in combining native elements with those written in React Native itself.
This is applicable when implementing new features of existing apps written in their respective native languages wherein React Native components can become an integral part of the codebase.
The ‘live reload’ feature is another essential feature that allows developers to see all changes in real-time when writing the code for an app, which makes the entire process of development intuitive and efficient.
React Native allows a vibrant ecosystem to allow multiple libraries for manipulation. It offers clean declarative views, and this makes specific libraries ideally suited to use with React Native. By allowing to use many powerful libraries, it adds to the versatility and features of the apps.
Another plus point of React Native is that it can easily share code between Android and iOS and share code over the web. With the react-native-web project is being worked upon, sharing code among multiple web interfaces based on React Native looks already like a credible promise.
How do mobile app developers benefit in the long run?
Ultimately, with React Native, its efficiency helps in lowering costs, faster load times, deployment and easier maintenance, translating into tremendous benefits.