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Cross-platform app development: advantages of React Native

Of late, mobile applications or mobile apps are the part and parcel of our lives. We use often mobile apps to get the desired information or to complete certain tasks. For business, mobile apps are the best options to reach out to their customers and to understand their behaviors. In order to develop a mobile application for your business, you could be in a dilemma whether to develop the app in the native platform or cross-platform.

We have come up with this post to help you take a decision for your mobile app development. In this article we have highlighted the advantages of cross-platform app development - React Native.

The cross-platform app development tools help the app developers in designing edge and productive apps. The react native apps can work efficiently on multiple platforms, including hybrid, Android, and iOS.

The platform is based on WORA (Write Once, Run Anywhere) concept. The developers will write code one platform and it will run effectively on multiple platforms. They can reuse the 90% of the code on different platforms.

React Native is one of the most successful mobile development frameworks and it is gaining popularity significantly among the mobile app developers and mobile apps developing companies. Before the arrival of React Native, the cross-platform mobile app development platform, the mobile app developers needed to make two diverse applications for iOS and Android. React Native enables the developer code in only one dialect, JavaScript.

Let’s have a look at some of the advantages of React Native:

1) Open Source cross-platform mobile development:

The biggest advantage of React Native is the open source tool and it has been gaining momentum for the last two years. The social media giant, Facebook has been supporting the development of the React Native and constantly upgrading the tool to make the job easier for the developers. Compared to other native platforms, React possesses one of the easiest and smoothest learning curves.

2) Proficiency:

Another advantage of the React Native is the proficiency. The biggest concern of the app developers is the performance of the mobile apps. For instance, React will be useful to handle many dialog elements that interact with a whole lot of other elements in a mobile app. There would not by any performance issues this platform. React Native uses Facebook’s Respond JavaScript library for UIs.

3) Code Sharing:

Code sharing is the best and efficient feature in React Native. It is useful for large teams to get on the same page, especially across different platforms. They could develop the application on one platform and reuse the code for the development on multiple platforms. It makes the job of mobile app developers much easier to work on multiple platforms using the code sharing.

4) Plugins:

The mobile app developers could save their valuable time using the huge bundles of plugins available in React Native. Cordova ecosystem is popular because of the plugins and developers found that around 70% of Cordova plugins already exist in React.  

 5) Cost Reduction:

Another advantage is this cross-platform software is cost saving. The application developed on React Native can be used on both iOS and Android systems. React Native apps help you to save huge costs of development as well as plenty of time. The mobile app developers can reuse almost 90% of the code between Android and iOS.

According to media report, with a rise in smartphone ownership globally, China will have the highest number of smartphone users, 1.3 billion, in 2018, followed by India with 530 million users.  This cross-platform software, React Native could be the first choice for companies to develop the mobile apps in the next few years.