The world of mobile app development is changing. While there are significant benefits to building apps natively, it is undeniably time-consuming and expensive. In recent years, the alternatives have had major drawbacks. The go-to option for building cross-platform applications has been hybrid app frameworks like Ionic, PhoneGap or Cordova (among others).
There is a better way.
With this reality, and mobile adoption growing by leaps and bounds, Facebook developers took on the challenge and kicked off something fantastic at an internal hackathon in 2013. React Native first came into the public domain in January 2015 at React.js Con, launching as an OpenSource project on Git. Since then, it has been one of the most talked about frameworks on the Internet, exciting developers and mobile users alike for its promise to improve the situation.
What is React Native?
With React Native, developers create one codebase that works on both Android and iOS. Effectively, React Native establishes a bridge between Web UI components and their native Java/Swift counterparts.
Who is using React Native?
Facebook built React Native to create a mobile app for their social portal. At the time of launch maintaining the same features cross-platform using Java and Objective-C was becoming too costly. And, since React Native has gone opensource, many companies have decided to build on the framework. Who is building on React Native? Startups, and fortune 500 companies like:
What does this mean for my next mobile project?
React Native can handle most development needs out of the box, however, some features such as detecting WiFi vs. mobile data may be inaccessible. The good news is React Native can integrate with native-built components. This capability means if your iOS app built in React Native needs to access the WiFi vs. mobile data information, your developers could create a native component in Objective-C to handle that piece. This feature gives your developers the option to make an app as native as it needs to be, spending extra development dollars, only for critical functions.