What is React Native? & Why React Native Apps are popular among startup?

What is React Native?

With new technological discoveries being made every day, efficiency and competence of mobility solutions are certainly increasing. With this background, one of the most sought-after innovation has been the React Native. It facilitates developers in creating react native apps (Mobile app) simultaneously for different operating systems. Conventionally, developers or engineers had to create separate apps for different operating systems, beginning from scratch for each, resulting in escalated time and resource wastage.

React Native Apps

With the React Native apps in hand, startups have the option of hiring a single developer to create mobile apps for different platforms. Inspired by Facebook’s Javascript library, React, the React Native is targeted towards developing mobile applications instead of web browsers. It has armed the traditional web developers with skills to create mobile applications. Formulated through a mixture of JavaScript and XML-esque markup, known as JSX, and based on UI components, the mobile app will have an authentic feel and will be armed to use the device features like camera, location, etc. Recro always suggests their

Recro always suggests their clients start off with a minimum viable product. It helps saving time and simultaneously receive feedbacks from the mass to improve while stacking up. Recro explains how to make an MVP (minimum viable product) in 90 days. Also, React Native helps to implement it much easier and saves money too.

Native and Cross Platform apps vs React Native apps

Native apps are the conventional apps that most devices are equipped with. While these apps are written in languages such as Swift for iOS, Java for Android and C# for Windows phones, React Native uses Javascript to develop apps, using codes which are similar to all platforms.

react native apps vs cross platform app

On the other hand, cross-platform apps are developed on one native platform (iOS, Android, etc) and are then sent to different platforms for use. However, such apps might lose compatibility when the device undergoes a new system update. Whereas, the react native apps use one codebase for all platforms.

What is it in for Startups?

React native apps gained popularity among startups due to their obvious precedence over native development. When an app is created using the same, it can be simultaneously deployed across different operating systems. Hence, deploying different apps for different platforms become unnecessary. Development of apps using the native technology, on the other hand, incurs a significant amount of additional costs. Firstly, apps need to be developed separately for different platforms which might require hiring different developers. Secondly, not only are the languages different across different platforms, the underlying APIs are equally distinct. This makes Native Android/iOS development a time to consume and expensive process.

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Interest of React Native over Native scripts over time

Additionally, React Native also gained popularity among startups because it adds to the skill set of web developers, who can now create mobile apps, without any additional training. Bearing a close resemblance to developing web pages using Javascript, development of mobile apps looks a lot like HTML. Native development, lying in sharp contrast to web development, was often despised by web developers, who now embrace React Native. Therefore, the cost of hiring different professionals for web and mobility solutions is minimized. Also, high cost in the earlier stage of a startup sometimes might prove fatal and non-beneficial. Recro thus suggests their clients start off with an MVP and also explains some of the reasons why many startups fail!


Pros & Cons

Like any advancement, React Native has been accompanied by a range of advantages and disadvantages. It has left a mark among all other cross-platform development methods which generally use a mixture of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It ensures a compromise in performance as they mimic the UI elements. React Native components, on the other hand, translate the markup into real, native UI elements, facilitating great performance. Better results complement greater developer satisfaction and an augmented skill set among them.

However, on the flip side, it is still in its inception phase and there is definitely room for improvement. Some features on Android and iOS are not yet supported. Finally, Javascript, which is the backbone of the whole project is easy to learn. It has a number of shortcomings which can be easily found, leading to potential threats.

React Native vs Native vs Cordova

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React Native Performance

Conceptualized in 2013, React Native apps has gradually come to gain a fair share of the app marketplace, providing an efficient base for mobility solutions. In terms of figures, React Native apps constitute 0.22% of the overall apps with 3.20% of total installs. This has been a stunning achievement, keeping in mind its infant stage. With 107 apps created, there seem to no signs of growth retardation. More and more startups are adopting React Native technology to increase the competence of their business model. Being downloaded at the exceptional rate of 70,000 in March 2016, it has received over 30,000 stars. Finally, what marks its success most of all is its high share of 3.40% of the top apps like Instagram, Facebook, coupled with 14.27% of their total installs.

In March 2017, the React 2017 Conference was held to make announcements regarding the advancements in React Native and related internal technologies. In addition to a number of informative talks, 3 major releases were made in an attempt to improvise it.

  • Firstly, better list views have been announced to avoid any performance compromises. Underlying APIs have been simplified. Also, New list components have been structured for constant memory usage along with a different number of rows.
  • The second announcement highlighted the release of a create React Native app facilitating the process of developing a React Native Application.
  • Finally, a playground for React Native with the name Snack was released, becoming a means for sharing issues or demos.

The overall React Native review has been positive with a general appreciation of React Native custom components and its supremacy over Native apps.

Recro Solutions

We at Reco strive to provide the best mobility solutions by incorporating the latest React Native and by giving our clients a platform to share their ideas and engage in the creation of a robust mobile app by deploying cutting-edge technology to enhance productivity. It is our endeavor to deliver the result oriented mobility solutions for all major platforms through a combination of Design Thinking, Lean and Agile to achieve market-leading performance.

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