In the world of mobile application development, developers have always been looking for quicker time to deployment, shorter development cycles, and of course better app performance.
(Author: Anas Budchich, ADNEOM / Image Credit: Farzad Nazifi)
Although native applications prove to be the best in terms of performance, their development is no piece of cake. Building native applications means using the native language for each platform: Objective-C or Swift on iOS, Java on Android, or C# on Windows Phone. To put it shortly, this means having to build 3 applications at the same time.
… to Hybrid
Building hybrid apps is perfectly fine for some kinds of projects, but certain applications need a smoother user experience, better control of the device, etc.
React Native has iOS and Android covered (Windows Phone is coming soon), and it’s continuing to evolve every day following the native platforms trends. It allows for using native plugins if needed, and much more.
Personally, I think that React Native is the future of mobile development. Between the ease of development, the quality of the apps built with it, the richness of the platform and the support of Facebook, web developers are now able to build native-like applications using technologies that they know. The very meaning of native development may change over the next few years.
This article was first published in SILICON