Choosing the right technology for your startup is a daunting task. The decision is even harder if you’re thinking of developing a mobile application – not only do you have to pick a suitable tech stack for your business logic, but you also need to consider platforms for your target group (Android or iOS). Luckily, React Native is here – it’s a cross-platform framework that can help you kill two birds with one stone.
So, is React Native a good choice for startups? Read on to learn more about the framework and companies that successfully build their products with it.
Before we move on, let’s take a look at a few factors that you should keep in mind when picking a mobile framework. Pay attention to them – your choice can pay off down the line (if it’s the right choice), but it could also come back to bite you. These are the 4 things we consider the most important:
To put it even more simply, React Native is a cross-platform development framework that lets you write code once and deploy it to both Android and iOS.
Great technology is only one aspect of great business. Let’s take a look at companies (startups, to be more specific) which have both while using React Native to build their apps.
As you can see, many companies have succeeded thanks to using React Native for cross-platform development. But what specifically makes this framework a winning choice? Take a look at the characteristics we consider the strongest points of RN:
No technology is without its downsides. Although we believe that the positives outweigh the negatives in many use cases of React Native, it’s definitely worth considering the following potential weaknesses of RN:
React Native is not the only cross-platform framework on the market – the competition includes Flutter, Xamarin, Ionic, Nativescript, and Phonegap. RN is by far the most popular – it has a strong community, many third-party solutions, and was tested in large-scale deployments by giants like Facebook. In addition, unlike Ionic, NativeScript, and Phonegap, it doesn’t work through a WebView, which means that RN apps are more performant and look more like native ones. You can read a more thorough comparison of cross-platform solutions here.
Another alternative to RN is choosing native development. When is it the better option? If your answer to most of the questions below is yes, then you should seriously consider going native.
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We hope this article gave you a solid overview of what React Native is, its upsides and downsides, the alternatives available on the market, as well as some examples of companies that successfully used it for their products. In short: RN is a great choice if you’re building a cross-platform app and really care about the cost and speed of development. If you need high performance, hardware integration, and a very complex logic, consider going native. Whatever your needs – or if you still have trouble deciding – we’re here to help you make the right choice.