What is React Native?
What are the Benefits to React Native Development?
Time and Cost Savings
Prior to the release of React Native a company was required to either find engineers that had experience with both iOS Android programming languages, or to hire separate developers to work on each platform individually.
In contrast, React Native allows you to have a single team of developers experienced in one primary programming language who can work on both platforms simultaneously in one single codebase. Depending on the functionalities of your app, at least 90% of the codebase can be shared across both platforms and since all the versions of your software are written in mostly the same code, updating and adding features becomes much faster and easier.
Though there are some differences between iOS and Android that need to be accounted for when using React Native, the time and cost savings of having one codebase speaks for itself.
Open Source Libraries and the React Community
Additionally, the number of engineers employed by Facebook, as well as the greater open source community means a continued improvement in the platform over time.
Shared Web App Code
Additionally, Electrode Native is an open source tool that will allow you to migrate existing React apps to React Native.
Who Uses React Native?
Because it's such a reliable and powerful cross platform development tool, React Native is being used by many top companies to develop their mobile apps.
Facebook uses React Native for their social media site as well as for Facebook ads manager and Facebook analytics. Instagram was able to share around 85% of code between it’s Android and iOS apps by using React Native, allowing their team to deliver the app much more quickly than would have been possible using a Native solution. And Tesla’s app, an integral part of its user interface that enables users to remotely monitor and control their Tesla car or Powerwall from their iPhone or Android, was developed using React Native.
With React Native, developing and supporting apps for both iOS and Android is nowhere near the enormous undertaking it once was. From the ability to develop apps across platforms using one codebase to the benefits of utilizing the open source community, React Native provides an optimal solution for developing a superior cross platform product.