date_rangeMay 02, 2020
Before moving any further, let’s get a bit palsy-walsy with some more related terminologies. And to start with first is Native Apps. Native apps are apps for particular mobile devices example smartphones, tablets etc. that are installed directly on the respective device. They are generally obtained through an online or marketplace such as The App Store and Google Play for IOS and Android respectively. Examples of native apps are KeePassDroid for Android and Camera+ for IOS.
Next we have, Hybrid Apps which are applications that are installed on any mobile just like others. The difference is that they contain segments from native apps and applications developed for a certain platform like IOS or Android, with segments from websites and web apps that perform like apps but are not installed on a device but are accessible on the internet via any browser. Examples are Ionic, Framework 7, and Xamarin etc.
And lastly Mobile Web Apps are the internet enabled apps which have certain operation for mobile devices. They are approached through the mobile device’s web browser and hence don’t require to be downloaded and installed on the device. Examples are pretty common like BookMyShow, OLX, Forbes, Pinterest etc.
Now the main question is why do we need to use React Native for mobile app development? Alright, so React Native makes it possible to share a lot of codes between Android, IOS and Web. So even if there is a notable part that may have to be platform-specific, there is no requirement for hiring any mobile native developer. Hence it’s a win-win situation you see!
Other reasons are:
Okay so the hybrid apps and mobile web apps working on both IOS and Android have got a lot of appraisal for them being lesser apps. But the fact that hybrid does slow down for a bit complicate apps while performing cannot be neglected. The apps that are made through React Native are assembled into pure native codes which mean that they’ll be working on both the operating systems as well as also function the same way as the natively written apps.
Definitely important when it comes to React Native because the native components are the building blocks which can be assembled into the native languages of objective for example Java and C for Android and IOS respectively. React Native enables same speed in accessing mobile development without abandoning usability and quality which is not the case in web development.
Originally developed for IOS, React Native was further developed for Android support as well after it became vogue and also due to its favorable outcome by Facebook. This means that henceforth, only codebase is required for the concurrent development of IOS and Android also resulting in lower developmental costs.
It’s quite evident now that React Native is the future when it comes to mobile application development and who knows what it further surprises us with. I think it’s safe to say that many people are indulging in learning this course to give a better dimension to their careers.
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