React Native – The Modern Day App Development Framework

September 8, 2017 Shashank Mehrotra 1347 Views

React Native has gained huge momentum and is becoming very much popular among app developers. So I just couldn’t stop myself to get acquainted with this framework to stay updated with the latest trends in mobile app development.

What is React Native?

React Native is a JavaScript framework that allows you to build cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. React Native emerged from Facebook’s JavaScript Library called React, that helps to web developers to design native applications in a shortest possible time-frame. Most of the companies are moving towards React as it helps them to spend more time focusing on their products instead of fighting with the UI issues involved in the framework. React Native has been widely accepted by a number of large corporations such as Netflix, Buffer, Airbnb, Tesla, Skype, Walmart, Instagram, Baidu, Bloomberg, and UBER.

Why React Native?

React Native uses its own native APIs to provide native views whereas other cross-platform app development frameworks such as Ionic, Cordova, or Titanium use web-views for rendering. This means that web developers can now build apps that look truly native with the help of their favorite JavaScript Library without compromising with the quality. React forces native app developers to break down the application into different elements, each representing their own individual view. This makes easier for developers that they don’t need to make changes in the entire code base. They can now make iterations in different components. Below are some exciting features of React native:

  • Available for both Android and iOS
  • Reusable components to render natively
  • Can apply React Native UI components to any of the existing application build with cordova and Ionic.
  • Best JavaScript framework
  • More focused in on UI when compared with Angular JS or Meteor JS
  • Rapid development with better UI performance

Why Go For Native App Development?

In the world of mobility, whenever we want to build an app, we always look for better app performance, faster development time, great user experience, and can run on multiple platforms. Before we dive in to understand more about native app development, let see what are native apps? A native application (native app) is a program developed for one single platform or device. Native app usually offers polished look and feel for specific platform. These apps can also utilize the device’s notification system and can work offline. Native apps take full advantage of device features camera, GPS, accelerometer, phone gestures, contact lists etc. For example, you developed an app that is intended to run exclusively on iOS or Android powered smartphones. Instagram is the perfect example of a native App. Although this app is available on both Android and iOS operating systems, each of the variant is unique and incompatible with any other system.

The development process for native apps differs with the OS. Every mobile platform uses a different native programming language. While iOS uses Objective-C, Android uses Java, and so on. Each mobile platform offers their own SDK, UI elements and native mobile app development tools to native app developers which they can use for building powerful open source native apps. Enterprises mostly prefer native app development as they are faster, efficient and work in tandem with the device they are developed for. Facebook’s React Native proved to be an excellent tool for creating robust native mobile apps in a short time-frame.

Closing Thoughts

In the pace to become one of the best mobile app development company, we at BrainMobi use the finest tools and techniques in the industry to build custom react native apps for Android and iOS devices. Our native application development process is a 7 step process which includes Requirement Gathering and Analysis, Architecture Design, Prototype Design, Full UI Design, Development, Testing, and Launch. We believe in client centric approach and deliver rapid results leading to high client satisfaction. We start the development process by understanding your vision to develop a native app. Together we figure out the exact functionalities and features needed in the application. After we’re done with the analysis, our team creates a specification document that describes the overall parameters of the application. To get started we suggest you to start working on the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and create your presence in the market.

Well, that’s it for today, but it’s definitely not the end. I’ll continue experimenting with React Native and, of course, I’ll try to keep you updated on my findings.

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About the author

shashank Shashank heads the Marketing & Business Analysis division, along with Operations at BrainMobi. With an MBA from Amity University, certification in Information Security and Risk Management, and over 5 years of experience into IT and mobile app development industry, Shashank has acquired a keen ability across creating digital strategy, business strategy, user experience analysis, agile project management, operations management, digital marketing and other related marketing activities. Shashank is the driving force behind the day-to-day business at BrainMobi. Prior to BrainMobi, he was working for Affle Enterprise as Marketing & Business Analyst.

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