The smartphone app market is ever changing, new apps come every day, and some old ones disappear from our memories, and our phones as well. In this tumultuous ecosystem, developers struggle to keep making apps that will please users, because with each new horizon we conquer, their expectations rise. And so to out-do their previous efforts, developers are finding better and more unique ways to create products that will be able to stand in the market.
Native and Hybrid apps are two broad factions of apps in the market. As we already know that Native apps are developed separately for different platforms- Android, iOS, Windows. On the other hand, Hybrid Apps are developed only once and are used on multiple platforms. Now, both of these types, have plus points- Native apps are of better quality, have better UI/UX, are more robust and secure, but they take a long time and a fortune to be built. On the other hand, Hybrid apps are cheaper and quicker to make but suffer from poor performance and quality.
So to choose between quality and cost is a difficult task; you will have to compromise on one front. But there has to be a way to bypass this all together. There is, and it is called React Native.
Now let us move on to some of React Native’s key plus points:
- React Native allows developers to create mobile apps using website technology. So a developer who is handy in web development can easily develop a mobile app using React Native.
- Since React Native uses JSX, a developer isn’t required to learn complex languages such as Objective-C and Java to develop an app.
- React Native allows you to build apps faster. Instead of recompiling, you can reload an app instantly. By making use of its Hot Reloading feature, you can even run new features while maintaining your application state.
- In React Native we can easily develop and test features by using various libraries and tools like Expo, ESLint, Jest, and Redux.
- React Native provides a good developer community.
- On top of being responsive and providing an impressive user experience, React Native apps are faster and agile.
Another plus point that React Native delivers is that compared to other cross-platform app development environments, it uses Native components. This makes the rendering and execution of the app much faster.
React Native apps are faster to build, easier to use, offer better quality than Hybrid apps, and are cheaper than Native apps, so all and all, React Native gives you the experience of having a Native app, without having to develop one. If you are still not convinced that React Native is the future of Hybrid Apps, then knowing that apps like Instagram and Facebook, Airbnb run on React Native environments, might change that.