React Native Pros and Cons: Building Mobile Apps Just Got Simpler
As a result, major brands are adopting React Native. Facebook invented React Native to make development and deployment easier for its mobile apps. Now, Instagram, Airbnb, Tesla, Skype, and Walmart all use React Native for their apps.
In this article, we’ll take a look at React Native’s advantages, why it’s so popular, and some potential drawbacks you might want to consider. React Native is an incredible technology platform, and most mobile app projects could use it successfully. However, for existing apps or apps that require specific functionality it may not always make sense.
The Story Behind React
Shared Code & Pre-Built Components
Additionally, if you have a web application already written using React, you can reuse much of that existing code. Since all the versions of your application now use mostly the same code, updating and adding features becomes a lot easier and quicker.
Further speeding up development is the existence of an open-source library of pre-built components. For many functions you’ll need to deploy in your app, it’s likely someone has already built code with that functionality. As a result, experienced developers can have a basic React Native app up and running in just a matter of hours using pre-built components.
React Native apps look and feel like they were custom-developed for the iOS or Android device. They also offer access to native functionality. For instance, React Native apps can access the TouchID/FaceID, camera, and accelerometer on your mobile device.
In some cases, React Native might not have a native functionality built-in. The good news is React Native allows developers to drop into Swift, Objective-C, or Java to add that code themselves.
Additionally, React Native allows adding views or user flows to existing native applications. This flexibility allows you to easily build reusable cross platform functionality to applications that are already built and deployed.
React Native provides great functionality for developers and users. It’s now easier than ever to quickly build a mobile app that’s fast, intuitive, and consistent with your applications on other platforms. Maintaining and updating an app using React Native is more consistent, efficient, and cost effective than using native code.
If you’re considering a move to React Native, talk to one of our mobile app consultants today. We’ll help you decide if React makes sense for your needs.