Mobile cross-platform development
Cross-platform mobile development is a great alternative to native iOS and Android mobile apps. React Native is one of the best options for mobile development. It allows you to cut expenses and save time – you can build both iOS and Android apps simultaneously. The React Native framework is
What are the benefits of using React Native?
In general, building cross-platform applications provides a number of benefits. Creating apps with one codebase can save a lot of money and time, as fewer developers are involved in the creation process. There is also no difference in terms of application release and update time on both platforms. React Native is open source - that means that if you are facing issues, there is a high chance of getting help from other developers and the community. Hot reloading allows you to immediately visualize what you create, which makes mobile app development a lot more productive.
Will React Native make my app look and run the same way on iOS and Android?
iOS and Android offer different sets of features, and it's not React Native’s responsibility to make these environments equal. React Native is only a way of accessing the native components in iOS and Android.
I would say that most of the time – with some effort – we can make apps on both platforms look the same, but we shouldn't. We should stick to platform guidelines when it comes to user interface. Luckily, React Native provides us with an easy way to adapt the UI to the given platform’s needs.
Should I choose React Native or native (separate iOS and Android)?
React Native is great for most apps that rely heavily on the user interface, because with little effort, we can get the UI to work on both iOS and Android, and, most importantly, we can share the business logic.
Apart from that, React Native uses flexbox for layout, which works the same way on iOS, Android and Web, so we can transfer our experience from Web instead of learning more different engines.
On the other hand, a native app is great when we consider using all the features that a platform offers, including such modules as video/audio processing or multithreading. Since React Native focuses on the User Interface only, it can be less efficient for applications with many native features.
What is React Native?