React Native is the Rising Unicorn of Hybrid App Development
Vipin Jain Jan 04, 2018
Taking into account only the two most popular mobile platforms- Android & iOS, there are today over 5 million applications available for a total device count of around 3 billion. With such astounding number of users, there is no doubt that mobile apps will continue to hold the lead in innovation and engagement in the mobile industry.
But mobile app developers are today reeling from an entirely different debate- the way those mobile apps would be created, more particularly, to choose between native and cross-platform version. And such concerns are indeed plausible because in an age where cars are assembled within hours, creating a native app takes months, even a year- the time during which new technologies can take charge and existing technologies risk being obsolete. And the worst part, developers have to spend the same time for each different platform they wish to reach.
The faster option- cross-platform applications, however, suffer with their own set of issues. Along with missing out on some core OS capabilities, the user experience they offer is at most mediocre. And since user experience is the key driver of mobile app revolution, cross-platform applications struggle to create their own success stories.
React Native- The best of both worlds
What it does differently
Problems it Solves
Native Functionalities- Each platform/OS has its own specific UI components, which even if recreated through web apps, don’t offer the same level of interface and user experience. Since React Native, on the other hand, relies on WebViews inside simple native wrapper applications, that though isn’t as sophisticated as pure native experience, but scores much better than those web interfaces.
Benefits of React Native app development
The foremost benefit of React Native application development is the high portability it offers. React Native developers can easily migrate almost half of the original codebase, including the crucial app logic from one platform to another. This not only cuts short the development time, but also minimizes the chances of bugs creeping in, if the logic had to be coded again from scratch.
Additionally, React is also ported to native code that enables it to leverage the full scope of native environment that gives a considerable boost to its performance.
2. User Interface
While this remained one of the major concerns regarding hybrid apps, the introduction of React Native has enabled the developers to create user interface and offer user experience at par with those of the native counterparts.
3. Incremental adoption
One of the best things about switching to React Native from your current technology is that you do not have to do it all at once. Being highly flexible, it allows you to create new components or convert existing components on the top of your existing application and thus move to React at your own pace without suffering any down time.
Though React Native highly encourages the concept of code reusability, it is not all that it was made for. More than “write once, run anywhere”, it pursues the concept of “learn once, write anywhere”, i.e, instead of iOS developers and Android developers who use fundamentally different technologies to create basically the same product, React Native developers are able to use basically the same technology to create different products.
5. Open source
And this is the cherry on top. Being an open source technology, the rate at which it evolves and the community support it offers is much greater than other related technology. Also, owing to the backing of tech giant Facebook, more and more large enterprises too are adopting the technology, thus paving the way for a reliable and scalable platform in future.
The debate between native and hybrid apps is long drawn and isn’t expected to settle soon as there is no such thing as one-solution-for-all. However, one fact that everyone agrees upon is that, if you find hybrid apps will better align to your business, React Native development is the way to go. So, if you have your idea ready and want to hit the market soon without investing a fortune, consult a top hybrid app development company now to get started.