Planning on developing a mobile application? At this point, there are lots of factors that you should contemplate, like tooling, platform etc. While developing mobile apps, you need to set performance parameters such as faster development cycles, and quick deployment are few of the attributes you will be looking forward to.
The ‘set it up and forget it’ approach does not work for any technology, let alone mobile apps. Mobile app development companies continually update their apps with the latest features and functionalities. Only then can software development companies ensure robust customer experience for their mobile apps.
Moreover, the mobile application maintenance plays a crucial role in keeping updated with the latest trends, technological advancements, and changes in their own operations. So how can you make your app relevant and user oriented in the long run?
There are many components in mobile app architecture which make an app an effective one. Some of the important components are:
- Device determination
- Bandwidth status
- Right user interface
- Navigation approach
- Real-time updates/push notifications
- Presentation layer
- Business layer
- Data layer
Discussing the mobile app architecture one-by-one will be too vast and is beyond the scope of this blog. Therefore we are limiting our discussion to React Native and how it is going to be big in the coming years.
React Native: The emergence
React Native is said to have a large community as it is backed by Facebook. This framework is advocated by other giants like Tesla, AirBnB, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram, Walmart, among others. It has a unique edge in this highly competitive market and is advancing through the positive trajectory since its instigation.
React Native and its importance
In a survey conducted in 2020, the most preferred cross-platform used by global developers was React Native. The statistics showed that 42% of the respondents preferred React Native, followed by Flutter 39% and Cordova (29%). While one third of the mobile developers used cross-platform technologies, the rest used native tools.
React Native is important for mobile app developers because of the following key advantages:
- Image/video editing and processing, can be done with React Native that is not actually an available option under the scope of framework APIs
- One-time coding feature that reduces app development time cycles and cost
- Easy compatibility with third party plugins
Reasons why React Native is going to be big in 2021:
Here are some of the reasons why React Native is going to be the go-to tool in 2021:
- Reduced development time and cost
React Native enables easy transfer of codes between different mobile platforms, with minimal changes. Therefore the development time and cost is reduced. Generally, there is as much as 90% code reuse between iOS and Android. This time and cost advantages are especially advantageous for small companies and start-us.
- Effortless maintenance
With each native framework developed, the API of these frameworks also grows. Native framework is generally said to be consuming because Android and iOS required updates and deployments to use the latest updates. This doesn’t apply to React Native as it has a very flexible approach to the entire app development process and hence is very cost-effective.
- Reusability of dynamic platform components
Branding of an app irrespective of the platform in which it is built, is easy in React Native. The design is changeable to fit into any platform and the components you use for iOS and Android have their equivalents in React Native framework too. This way mobile apps will have a consistent look in the platforms in which it is designed. React Native makes the mobile app development process agile as it can fit best practice libraries into target platforms of choice. In this context, developers can either design over platform or platform over design for suiting the target audience.
- Enhance cross-device user experience
There are a number of devices in which we want the applications to fit into. React Native has flexible and ideal layout designs that are compatible across different devices. The screen size doesn’t matter and is easily adjustable with any screen resolutions. Furthermore, React Native mobile apps support HD graphics and different devices.
- Easy third party plug-ins
- Hot Module Replacement (HMR) feature
HMR is the ‘hot reloading’ feature that favors the developer in building the app quickly alongside useful feedback. Developers can easily make changes in the source code that can yield instant results. Changes made in the source code are automatically reloaded and React Native app developers will be saved from recompilation. The development cycles will be reduced and it is like building a website on an active device.
React Native app development is an easy and highly productive framework, with strong documentation. Apps developed using React Native are highly performing. A thorough cross-checking is recommended before opting React Native for your business requirement. In case you feel lost or don’t know where to start from, you can always associate with an experienced React Native app development service provider like Webdura!
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