Multi platform development in React Native
Build your Proof of Concept, MVP or simple app using one code
Nowadays when building a mobile app you should consider supporting two platforms: iOS and Android. Doing this you have to have at least two developers that specialize in two languages and the final result of the development are two apps. What if there was an alternative to this? There is: Meet React Native.
Why development in React Native?
The obvious advantage is that less time is used to build an iOS and Android app in React Native than when developing two native apps. Less time means less money which essentially means that an app written in React Native should be less costly than a native app.
Behind React Native is Facebook, which means that it is a well developed and thought through technology with a lot of support and a perspective of evolution when looking at the future. This has made React Native the most promising hybrid approach for a long time.
What apps are good in React Native?
So far so good! However we still recommend this approach only for a certain type of apps as the technology is somewhat limited and pretty new on the market.
Looking to build a pilot app to prove your point to investors or to test the waters? Want to cover two platforms at once? In such a situation it is feasible to construct a Proof of Concept using React Native to save time and money.
Startup beginnings are often harsh in terms of budget. On the other side time to market is vital to find the right product-market fit and to get traction for your app. Often, first versions can be built using a framework such as React Native to start making money or to prove a point to investors.
Apps that do not have many features, handle big loads of data or include functions that use the phone’s hardware can be a good match for React Native, remember the rule of thumb: The more advanced an app, the better the fit for native development.
When is React Native not a good choice?
Codequest recommends using native development as a long term solution for app development. There are not yet technologies that can threaten mobile apps that are written in their dedicated language.
To make sure the user experience and speed of a mobile app is top notch there is really no other choice than using development in Swift for iOS or Java/Kotlin for Android. Tests show that native apps are still more performant and well polished than hybrid apps. See our iOS Development in Swift services here.
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