Is no secret React Native revolutionized the development industry big time… And what’s also no secret is our love for this technology, and here are three reasons why!
React Native created the ability to produce real Native iOS and Android apps from a single code base, and it has changed mobile app development to a great extent.
We’ve spent a lot of time studying React Native, and it’s by far our favorite framework for mobile app development.
Here are the reasons we love it, and we recommend it so often:
Reason 1: You can create great experiences similar to native apps on both operating systems
It’s not often that a company’s CEO admits to a big enough mistake, but that’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did in a 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt interview. If you are looking to determine the exact moment when the inspiration to create React Native was born, it would be that same interview.
But why did Facebook go after HTML instead of native?
Native functionality was in its early stages, but it was well known for being superior in delivering better experiences.
Well, it turns out that HTML5 was chosen for its critical role in creating a consistent user experience across Facebook websites and mobile apps.
It worked on iOS, Android, Web, and Tablet. HTML5 delivered a consistent, cross-platform user experience, but the experience was inferior to native experiences on iOS and Android, ultimately leading Facebook to move away from HTML5.
So, Facebook felt the pressure to build a better mobile experience and decided to do something about it.
React Native was born during a Facebook Hackathon in the summer of 2013. It was built using React, which in turn was also created by Facebook.
Reason 2: You focus on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about.
The simplest explanation is that React Native is a programming framework that allows you to build amazing and real native experiences for both iOS and Android without having to create separate code bases.
This is why the user experience on both platforms is dramatically improved (an area in which HTML5 suffered).
Before React Native, if you wanted to build a native app on iOS and Android, you’d have to build each one separately with zero code reuse between the two. If it takes you three months to build an iOS app, it will take three months to build an Android app.
This also means that you need specific resources for iOS and different resources for Android. As you can imagine, this caused a lot of problems.
React Native allows a single developer to build real native rendering experiences for both platforms without having to understand Objective-C / Swift (iOS native programming language) or Java / Kotlin (Android native programming language).
React Native’s focus is on developer efficiency across all platforms you care about – learn once, write anywhere.
Reason 3: It’s really native!
It is important to note that React Native produces native and real user interface elements, taking advantage of the representation of native views and the functionality of the platform with which it works.
The only caveat is that React Native produces code that can be mostly reused (about 90% reusable) on both platforms.
Many React Native libraries that interact with phone hardware, such as biometrics, fingerprints, camera, QR code scanning, etc., are compatible with both iOS and Android, so the code can be reused no problem, 100% of the time.
Situations, where reuse suffers, is when there are custom implementations on the native app side such as video streaming, payment, or complex / tailored Bluetooth interaction (simple Bluetooth communication is supported).