Why React Native Is the Future of Hybrid App Development
1. IT’S GOT IOS AND ANDROID COVERED.
Initially, Facebook only developed React Native to support iOS. However, with its recent support of the Android operating system, the library can now render mobile UIs for both platforms. Facebook used React Native to build its own Ads Manager app, creating both an iOS and an Android version. Both versions were built by the same team of developers.
Facebook also made React Native open-source, with the idea that compatibility with other platforms like Windows or tv OS could be worked on by the development community, so stay tuned.
2. REUSABLE COMPONENTS ALLOW HYBRID APPS TO RENDER NATIVELY.
Gone are the WebView components of other hybrid mobile apps. This is possible because React Native’s building blocks are reusable “native components” that compile directly to native. Components you’d use in iOS or Android have counterparts right in React, so you’ll get a consistent look and feel.
This component-based structure also allows you to build apps with a more agile, web-style approach to development than typical hybrid frameworks, but without any web at all. The app will have the speed, look, and functionality of a native mobile application.
3. APPLY REACT NATIVE UI COMPONENTS TO AN EXISTING APP’S CODE—WITHOUT ANY REWRITING AT ALL.
This is a huge bonus for businesses that want to augment an existing app but don’t want to overhaul it. Incorporate React Native components into your app’s code. Or, if your existing hybrid app was built with Cordova and Ionic, reuse that Cordova-based code easily with a plugin.
React is still new, but it’s maturing quickly and Facebook has stated it plans to continue investing in its growth.
5. REACT NATIVE IS ALL ABOUT THE UI.
6. NATIVE APP DEVELOPMENT IS MUCH MORE EFFICIENT.
Whereas native app development is usually associated with inefficiency, less developer productivity, and slower time to deployment, React Native is all about bringing the speed and agility of web app development to the hybrid space—with native results.
Under React Native’s hood is Facebook’s popular ReactJS UI library for web applications. React Native brings all of ReactJS’s better app performance, DOM abstraction, and simplified programming methods to hybrid mobile development.
7. IT OFFERS THIRD-PARTY PLUGIN COMPATIBILITY, LESS MEMORY USAGE, AND A SMOOTHER EXPERIENCE.
Third-party plugins mean you won’t have to rely on a WebView for certain functions. For example, if you’re adding Google Maps functionality to your app, React Native lets you link the plugin with a native module, so you can link the map up with the device’s functions like zoom, rotate, and the compass, while using less memory and loading faster. If your app supports older operating systems (and older devices), this can help you keep the app running smoothly.