The Future of Cross Platform Apps: React Native

future of cross platform apps - react native

With billions of potential customers online, primarily on mobile devices, the incentives to have a mobile app couldn’t be any higher for any business. The problem, however, is that building a mobile application is a very cumbersome and expensive task- at least that’s what many believe. And there is some truth to that belief. Especially, if we talk about native applications that require high expertise, months of development time, and the most important- repetition of efforts for different platforms.

But there is a get around- cross-platform application development. They are quick, cost-effective, and common for all platforms. And though there are numerous tools and technologies to create hybrid applications, React Native remains the most competent of all. Developed and largely maintained by Facebook, it is mainly a JavaScript library to create high-quality hybrid applications. With some of the most popular brands like Bloomberg, Airbnb, UberEats, among many others betting on this technology, it already miles ahead of all others and is guaranteed to be the face of hybrid app development in the future. So, let’s take a look at what exactly lends it such power and popularity:

Redux

It is one of the most highlighted benefits of React Native that enables developers to define a global state for the application. While there are other tools for the purpose as well, the key benefits of Redux are that it makes those tasks not only easy, but the states defined remain common for both Android and iOS. This saves enormous time and efforts.

Hot reloading

This is one of the favorite features of React Native that apart from cutting short the time spent in testing, it also encourages innovation. Traditionally, even if developers need to see the effects of any single line of code recently added, they would need to go through an elaborate process of deployment, which apart is time-consuming and frustrating. With Hot Reloading, the entire app can be immediately refreshed to reflect the changes brought with new lines of code. This helps developers to eliminate most of the bugs during the development phase itself and even test new ideas without wasting much time.

Components

The code in React Native is highly modular with most of the related elements clubbed in a single component. These components can then easily be deployed to any part of the application and even exported to be used in other apps. This drastically reduces the development time and even creates a common codebase for applications on different platforms to be easily maintained later.

Common language

Unlike other frameworks and technologies for creating mobile apps, React Native uses a single language- JavaScript for the development purpose. And since JavaScript is already a very popular language in web development, the learning curve for React Native app development is very simple. This means, the talent for using this technology is abundant, thereby cutting down the cost of hiring React Native developers.

While these are the benefits that developers can leverage with React Native, here is how they transform into benefits for businesses:

Native-cum-hybrid

Perhaps the biggest advantage offered by React Native is that the applications developed using it are more native than hybrid. That is, native applications are often associated with quality and features while hybrid applications are regarded to be flexible. With React Native, businesses get the quality and features of native applications along with the flexibility of hybrid.

Shorter development cycle

React Native enables, applications developed for different platforms, to share a largely common codebase. This not only reduces the time and effort, but also cuts down the cost due to lesser billable hours. And given that the current mobile app industry is an immensely competitive space, the timeline of the launch can sometimes be the sole differentiator between success and failure. So, an early-movers’ advantage that React Native promises is all you need to derive the full potential of your app.

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