Why You Should Give a Damn About React Native


So, you’ve heard the word on the street — all the cool kids are using React Native.

Whether you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of tech giants like Facebook, Skype and Tesla or want to create something totally original, React Native is a good choice.

Normally, you need to create two different apps for iOS and Android systems, which, of course, requires two different teams with very different skills. It takes AGES to develop your app and even longer to bring it to market.

Supporting users once the apps live is a totally different headache. Plus, you have to continue to run two different teams.

What if we told you there was a better, easier way?

Let us introduce React Native.

React Native lets you truly leverage your resources as you only need one team to create both apps. So, you can significantly slash costs, ease your headache and increase your chances of success. Join us as we explore this revolutionary code.

What is React?

React, a foundational building block for React Native is a JavaScript library to create user interfaces. Facebook maintains this library and helps foster a community of expert developers and companies like 7ninjas.

Developers use React for many, many different purposes like creating single-page or mobile apps as it’s awesome at fetching and recording rapidly changing data.

What is React Native?

Developed in 2015, React Native uses React code alongside native platform capabilities to create Android and iOS applications. The React Native library makes it MUCH easier for developers to create cross-platform mobile apps

So rather than building two separate apps (one for Apple lovers and one for Android fans), your developers can focus on creating one out-of-this-world app for both platforms.

I hear your protests:

But, is a cross-platform mobile app built with React Native any good? It sounds too good to be true.

Let us enlighten you.

10 Kick Ass Reasons React Native is a Good Choice


Cross-platform app development

As we already touched on, React Native is one of the best and easiest ways to create a mobile app that works for both iOS and Android. With over 1.4 billion active Apple devices and 2.5 billion active Android devices, it would be a serious mistake to only release your new app on one platform.

We can’t even think of one logical reason why you’d want to limit your awesome idea and not target both markets.

Unless it was simply because of budgeting…

But, React Native makes this argument null and void as you only need one team to create a mobile app for both platforms. So, you need fewer resources and less staff, which of course saves time and drastically reduces costs.

Code Sharing

React Native works as a mobile framework to allow developers to create app components using JavaScript, also known as building blocks. These building blocks can then be used for iOS or Android Apps.

So, in other words, your developers only have to create one set of code as once it’s built, it can easily be shared between platforms. 

With so much reusability between platforms, you’ll save lots of time and allow your developers to focus on making the best app possible rather than producing two, similar versions.


Application Performance

You want your app to work quickly and efficiently.

After all, research shows that consumers only have an attention span of about 8 seconds — shorter than a goldfish.

Thankfully, React Native mobile apps are very quick, with an average load speed of 60 frames per second. Definitely fast enough to capture and keep anyone’s attention. Yes, even your pet goldfish.

React Native Development Costs

Streamlining services and only employing one team certainly leads to cost-friendly development. If you’re working with a tight budget or want to reduce costs, a React Native is the perfect solution.

In fact, mobile app development on React Native can reduce costs by as much as 50%. Our research shows that the cost difference between a Native app and React Native app us usually 40-60%.


Strong Community

As Facebook technology, thousands of very talented mobile app developers support React Native. Facebook has always been at the forefront of technology. And, their developers are constantly releasing new features, improving React Native’s stability and creating performance tweaks.

Case in point, last month React Native, released Hermes, an open-source JavaScript engine. This lightweight, agile engine is optimized specifically for supporting React Native on Androids. It improves React Native’s performance by decreasing memory utilization, download size and time to interactive (TTI).


We highly recommend checking out React Native’s blog to stay up-to-date on any recent releases.

Reusable Components

As React Native has such a strong community, it also has many ready-to-go, premade plug-ins. You can browse its library for plug-ins built by some of the world’s best developers.

Premade code will speed up your development process as your developers won’t have to build everything from scratch, but can pick and choose relevant features and functions. 

For example, choose from existing code includes features like ActivityIndicators, MaskedViewiOS, ScrollView, and much more. You can view a complete list of premade features and functions here.


App Stores Acceptance

What’s the point of creating an awesome kick-ass app, if no one can find it? You want your app to be easily discovered, right?!


React Native apps are easily discoverable in the App Store for iOS users or Google Play for Android users. So, everyone can find, download and enjoy your latest creation.

Quick Time-to-market

The sooner your app is released and available for download, the sooner you can start raking in the cash.

React Native streamlines the development process, significantly speeding up time-to-market times. You even have control over the release dates and can release both iOS and Android apps at the same time on the same day.

So, you can coordinate your marketing campaigns to make the most of your new app.


Sounds Amazing, But There Must Be Some Drawbacks to React Native, Right?!

No one likes a one-sided argument. And, we’d look a bit biased if we didn’t feature the drawbacks.

While React Native is amazing, there are certainly some drawbacks. For example, Facebook’s intentions and long-term commitment to React Native are still unknown, which doesn’t give us a great deal of certainty over its future.

We also lack some clarity around patent rights of the platform as it’s technically open source.

It’s also not a perfect solution for some industries. For example, companies that need Type A security, like banks and FinTech, have to take extra precautions to protect users’ data. These companies might also struggle with mathematics as JavaScript can’t support decimals.

Despite these drawbacks, we still think React Native is currently the best solution for cost-effective and efficient mobile app development for iOS and Android. We believe the future is bright for React Native and expect to see even more brands embrace it with open arms.

Meet 7ninjas— a React Native development company

Ready to get started? We help companies build mobile apps using React Native. 


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