In the world of mobiles and Smartphone’s, we’re always looking for app developments with shorter development cycles, better app performance and quicker time to deployment.

With Android and iOS systems dominating the landscape, businesses creating mobile apps often face a dilemma between which to choose. Developers face issues like making apps with a better user experience, or apps that are faster to develop and run on more platforms and devices.

Hybrid app frameworks have bridged the gap between the performance of a native app and the ease of developing a web app. On the forefront of this technology is Facebook’s React Native user interface (UI) design framework. Take a look at how this impressive JavaScript library is upping the game for hybrid mobile apps.

  1. It works well for both iOS AND Android

Facebook developed React Native to support iOS initially; however, with its recent support of the Android operating system, the library can now render mobile UIs for both platforms. React Native was used by Facebook to build its own Ads Manager app, creating both an iOS and an Android version. Both versions were built by the same team of developers.

Facebook made React Native open-source, so the development community can work on compatibilities with other platforms like Windows or iOS. So stay tuned for future updates.

  1. Reusable Components.

Times have changed and the WebView components of other hybrid mobile apps have become redundant. React Native’s building blocks are reusable “native components” that compile directly to native components you will be using in iOS or Android will have counterparts right in React, delivering you a consistent look and feel.

Such a component-based structure frees you to build apps with a more agile and scalable web-style approach to development granting an edge over the typical hybrid frameworks, but without any web involved. The final product will have the look, speed, and functionality of a native mobile app.

  1. Apply React Native UI components to existing app’s code.

You can apply React Native UI components to your existing app’s code without having to rewrite anything at all. This is a huge benefit for businesses that want to make upgrade changes to an existing app but don’t want to take it apart and piecing together anew. Incorporate React Native components into your app’s code. Or, if your existing hybrid app was built with Cordova and Ionic, reuse that Cordova-based code easily with a plug-in.

  1. React Native is for UI.

React Native is focused mainly on building a mobile UI. React Native is UI-focused, compared with JavaScript frameworks like AngularJS or MeteorJS which makes it more like a JavaScript library rather than a framework. Thanks to asynchronous JavaScript interactions with the native environment the resulting User Interface is very responsive and feels fluid this means the app will load faster than a typical hybrid app, and provide a smoother feel.

Thanks to its open-source framework, in the future, you can see the React Native will be compatible with all the existing platforms, such as iOS, Android, Windows, Virtual Reality helmets, and headsets, tvOS, etc. Such diverse compatibility options will help the framework to grow further in the near future.

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