Why React Native Is An Efficient Solution For Hybrid App Development

Why React Native Is An Efficient Solution For Hybrid App Development

 

React Native: The Best Solution for Hybrid Applications Development

Just in 2019 a staggering 204 billion mobile app downloads, is what the world witnessed thereby generating revenue of whopping $462 billion. An exponential rise in smartphone users has supported a massive upsurge in mobile app downloads for various needs including communication, entertainment, games, business, education, information amongst others.

The mind-boggling rise in the demand for mobile applications has led to greater efforts in achieving shorter development and faster deployment across platforms. To achieve faster time-to-market with efficient quality and low cost of development, Facebook’s engineers reshaped JavaScript library into React JS to build hybrid applications more efficiently.

As per Google Trends, “react native app development” has become a popular search term surpassing “hybrid app development”.

React Native: The Best Solution for Hybrid Applications Development

Some of the most downloaded mobile apps on both Android and iOS such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Skype, Tesla, Walmart, Uber, and Vogue are built on React Native.

Here is why React Native mobile development is increasingly becoming popular amongst businesses.

Platform Agnostic

Majority of applications that are built on React Native are cross-platform; that means they can work with the same efficiency on both iOS and Android or any other OS that supports native applications. This is a crucial factor because both Android and iOS come with different design implications and even across Android versions and devices, the specifications are significantly different.

React renders platform modules and specific file extensions that are capable of identifying the OS and later defining the platform-specific implementations. React is capable of automatically picking up the accurate file depending on the OS, making it a capable option for hybrid application development.

Faster Time-to-Market

Being an open-source project, React JS has a robust community of developers who are closely involved with the technology and have made multiple relevant components available for development needs.

Aside, it reduces coding efforts as the majority of the code can be shared efficiently between both iOS and Android versions of the mobile application. This makes the entire development process cost-efficient and quicker by up to 30 percent.

React Native also offers building squares that can be reused as local segments. Hence, the components and elements that a developer normally requires for iOS or Android apps are already present in React Native to deliver consistent functioning and aesthetics. This enables developers to easily and quickly develop the applications in a web-style way to deal with progressions.

With no requirement to re-build in the deployment cycle, the development process has become easier and more preferred. React Native also leverages Flexbox layout that allows developers to learn only one layout engine to easily develop Android and iOS hybrid apps at a faster pace.

Dynamic Updates and Codepush

Developers leveraging React JS to built hybrid mobile apps can easily push the updates directly to the user’s smartphone without going through the cumbersome play store or app store app update cycle. This feature is enabled through elaborate usage of JavaScript and hence, it is only limited to JavaScript files. It offers hot reloading through which developers can easily make the changes live instantly.

UX Friendly Development At A Faster Pace

React JS is based on JavaScript which is not as fast as native languages including Java or Swift but it still manages to run complex applications efficiently and smoothly. It is because the switch from the native languages to Native applications is easier.

React Native is more compatible with mobile app development. The presence of asynchronous JavaScript connections in the native environment makes mobile applications highly responsive and fluid. Hence, React Native apps offer a faster load time and smoother user experience than hybrid applications.

Takes Lesser Memory

React Native mobile app development is easily compatible with any third-party plugin. This eliminates the need to load everything on the mobile app’s interface. Hence, developers are not required to rely on WebView to perform functions and can easily connect with the plugin through the Native module. 

For instance, you can easily add Google Maps through a plugin. As a result, the React Native mobile application takes significantly less space as cross-bridge linking is not required.

Cost-Efficient App Development

The cost of an application largely depends upon the operating system, application’s design elements, hardware, external APIs maintenance, UI and UX to name some of the core pieces.

React Native enables developers to share a majority of codes for both Android and iOS and make updates live instantly. It also facilitates efficient coding for faster development and deployment of apps. All these features make the hybrid app development process cost-efficient and fast.

With constantly increasing pressure to deliver quality-at-speed and release frequent security and functional updates, hybrid application development is becoming a norm. More businesses are leveraging React Native to render stunning mobile apps cost-efficiently through shorter development and deployment period.

QAIT DevLabs has an experienced team of React Native mobile app developers who bring in-depth experience and expertise in developing highly intuitive and user-friendly mobile applications that meet and exceed end-to-end business requirements.

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