Wondering what the future will hold for React Native?

Ashish Kasama|February 23, 2022|10 Minute read|
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Introduction

In the market, the amount of possible mobile applications is increasing. The number of programming web frameworks for the same is growing as well. As a result, it is now easier to create an app, but choosing the correct architecture for an app development project has become more difficult. For entrepreneurs who are just getting started with the process, the decision is even more challenging. 

When it comes to cross-platform frameworks, React Native is a well-known name. It is funded by Facebook and used by hundreds of companies throughout the world. However, before you choose React Native, you must first gain a fundamental understanding of the technology.

  

React Native and its functions?

React Native is a prominent JavaScript-based framework that enables developers to create natively rendered Android and iOS mobile apps. Using a single codebase, developers may construct applications for many platforms. It was first released as an open-source project by Facebook in 2015. In just a few years, it has become one of the most popular alternatives for mobile app development.
Due to its rich capabilities and ability to dig into native ones on each platform, React Native has become the most well-known name for creating complex hybrid apps that deliver a natural user experience.

 

The following statistic (Statista), demonstrates that React Native is not only surviving but thriving.

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React Native's Brief History

Instead of developing a native app, Facebook chose to create a mobile web page based on HTML 5 when it initially decided to make it accessible on mobile phones. However, the approach didn't hold up over time and left a lot of potential for UI and performance improvements. Mark Zuckerberg said in 2012 that the company's biggest error was relying too heavily on HTML rather than native apps.
Jordan Walke, a Facebook developer, made a significant discovery in 2013. He discovered a way to use JavaScript to produce Ui components for iOS apps. As a result, a Hackathon was organized to learn more about how much app creation can be done with JavaScript solutions.

What is the purpose of using React Native?

  • It facilitates the creation of cross-platform applications.
    Every developer knows how difficult it is to manage 2 distinct apps for Android and iOS. This is because they are written in several languages and frameworks. Developers don't have to worry about this with React Native because JavaScript can be used for both. Reusable code offers more efficiency and faster development times. Furthermore, using the same framework to create two apps ensures a consistent user experience.
    Note: Most of the time, you won't need to know the native programming languages in depth. However, developers may be required to deal with native development on occasion.
     
  • Create apps more quickly
    React Native has been around for more than 5 years, and it has a thriving online community. As a result, a large number of important components are available and ready to use. A React Native app's odds of detecting a bug are also reduced with a single codebase. It implies you'll be able to create an MVP faster than ever before. You may quickly release the first version of your app with the most important elements and save the more complicated features for later. The faster the software is released into the market, the quicker the audience will respond.
     
  • Apps may be updated without having to go to the App Store.
    You might wish to fix a typo or change a feature once your app is released on the App Store or Play Store. In the instance of native apps, just a minor modification necessitates restarting the entire development process. After that, app owners must wait for authorization, and users must manually install the updated software. React Native, on the other contrary, employs Code Push. Code Push allows an app to be automatically updated while it is running. To view the updates, users don't even need to restart the app.
  • Beneficial to the financial situation
    The obvious benefit of using this cross-platform architecture is that it saves time, but it also saves money. Individual Android and iOS apps can take much longer to develop than React Native apps. This is achievable because they may hire a React Native developer instead of an iOS or Android developer. These benefits are especially important for startups, which must maximize the return on every dollar spent.
  • Each user has a unique user experience.
    Personalization is one of the most important criteria in attracting and keeping mobile app users. How about providing each user with a unique experience? Isn't this a fantastic idea? React Native will assist you in accomplishing this. How? Framework, Native, JavaScript code, and aesthetics may all be separated in React Native. It means that from the server-side, developers may easily generate various styles for an app.
  • Availability of developers and community
    The easy availability of engineers is one of the factors you should choose for React Native development. React Native has a large development community online. An added benefit of a large developer community is that an entrepreneur can discover a developer who meets the project's specifications. They will, for example, have alternatives based on developers' knowledge, hourly rates, skill sets, and more. Furthermore, if the current developer quits the project in the middle, you will have no trouble finding a replacement.

What Kinds of Applications Can You Create With React Native?


While React Native enables developers to create apps for the browser, iOS, Android, and Windows using the same fundamental architecture, there are still some cases when React Native is the best option.

A Prototype or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Application.


A firm of any size may wish to see a prototype of their application or produce an MVP at some point. React Native demonstrates to be the ideal answer in this scenario. Do you require an illustration of how this will work?
Isn't it true that everyone has heard about Airbnb? Did you know that their website was built using the React framework?

Yes, you read that correctly. The website was doing well, but mobile apps were also becoming more popular at the moment. As a result, the team had no choice but to hunt for mobile solutions. However, because of a scarcity of qualified engineers, they decided to stick with React Native in 2016. 

Airbnb's app began as a proof-of-concept and gradually expanded to include all of the technology's features. The team shifted to native applications for Android and iOS once they were certain about every little aspect of the finished product. However now, they have moved on to another Technology but their start was incredible.

Applications Made for a Specific period.


Rapid development is one of the major benefits of React Native, and the efficiency of React Native apps is undeniable. Sometimes you only need an app for a short period. For example, if an individual is attending a conference and only needs to demonstrate a prototype of the app rather than a fully functional software, an app in React Native could be constructed. Alternatively, a temporary app may be required to ensure the proper operation of a planned event. The app's existence is irrelevant once the session is over. In such cases, the app owners are unconcerned about upkeep.

Applications for a Better Life.


Vogue, a well-known name in the fashion sector, has launched Vogueworld, a lifestyle app. The goal of the app was for users to be able to watch videos, store their favorite photographs, share material, and receive news and story alerts. Choosing native development for such a purpose would have been excessively difficult. The developers made a wise choice by opting for React Native, a more lightweight alternative.
The lesson to be learned from this case is that app owners and developers should work together to discover the best solution to the problem. 

Applications for Traditional E-Commerce.


React Native is a great option for creating well-structured apps with reusable components. Lazy-loaded lists are one of the most useful key characteristics of eCommerce performance. Flat List/Selection List components in React Native are capable of handling this. What if we told you that one of the world's most well-known shops also utilizes React Native in their app? Walmart is among the most well-known retailers in the United States. This excellent framework was used to construct the Walmart app.

Viral Thaker, a MERN stack developer at Lucent Innovation, quotes that React Native has shown to be an effective cross-platform tool. It helps businesses save time and money while producing native-like outcomes. It has come a long way since its inception and is now used by many tech companies. Sure, the technology won't work in every potential case, but it will in the vast majority of them. 

List of companies using React Native :

  • Bloomberg
  • Facebook
  • UberEats
  • Discord
  • Instagram
  • Skype
  • Pinterest
  • Salesforce
  • Baidu
  • Walmart

 React Native's growing popularity can be ascribed to a huge number of developers and code reusability.  Lucent Innovation is a trusted digital enterprise and product engineering solution that seeks to take our customers on a one-of-a-kind journey to help them flourish. We provide excellent mobile application development services.  

With our expertise in both digital and software solutions, we strive to go above and beyond for our customers. We specialize in providing small and large businesses with business-oriented solutions. We listen to our client's needs and design versatile, entertaining, and user-friendly mobile and web applications for a variety of sectors.

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