Mobile apps have become an integral part of our lives, as are the apps that help in making life a lot more convenient and hassle-free. This is the reason why companies are constantly looking for ways that will accelerate and facilitate the process of creating mobile applications to meet market expectations. Not all smartphones, however, are created equal, which is why app developers need to pay careful attention to their operating systems, in order to develop apps that can run on the said operating systems.
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The question then boils down to picking between iOS and/or Android, the two operating systems holding the largest share in the app market. It isn’t easy, which is why we have a separate guide on picking the right platform for your app.
Once a decision on the platform has been made, the developers must then go about creating the code for the two platforms, which are very different. This is as time-consuming and expensive as it sounds, which is why React Native is fast becoming a favourite amongst the app development community.
React Native Apps
React Native is a cross-platform framework designed by Facebook to give developers the opportunity to create apps for iOS and Android at the same time. It is based on React, which is a Facebook library for building user interfaces and has been used in the creation of apps such as Airbnb, Instagram and Facebook due to its
One of the most important advantages of using React Native is the ability to save time that would otherwise be spent on developing two separate versions of the same app. Such time saving allows developers to focus on creating better code at a faster speed, which lowers app development costs for the client.
2. Modular and intuitive architecture
The modular and intuitive interface of React Native makes it easy for developers to migrate and implement quickly on the project. This increases the flexibility of the development team and facilitates a faster introduction of updates.
It is however not without its disadvantages
1. Not for all APIs
One of the biggest disadvantages of the React Native framework is the lack of support with some native APIs, preventing it from being able to communicate with other applications, thereby affecting its overall functionality.
2. Design adjustment
The design adaptation may require writing additional code to avoid confusion in the application as Android and iOS platforms have seperate design guidelines.
Real Native Apps
Real native apps require developers to write separate apps for iOS and Android, unlike with react. Applications for iOS are developed using Swift or Objective-C while Android applications are developed using Java and Kotlin.
Do not discount Real Native just yet, as it trumps where React failed.
1. Best performance
Thanks to the native structure, applications are created and optimized for a specific platform, which makes them very fast, responsive and high performing.
2. Better harmony with hardware
The Real Native approach provides better access to hardware such as GPS, camera and microphone, which translates into enhanced performance and application capabilities.
3. Easy errors detection
By using basic languages for the chosen platform, the possibility of errors are fewer and can be detected as they happen.
The above however does not come without its own share of disadvantages
1. Higher costs
Making an application for two separate platforms require twice the labour, which translates into longer development and testing time, requiring the client to foot a larger bill.
2. Separate optimization
The two platforms require different levels of optimization to their inherent differences. This is all the more pronounced when developing for Android, due to a sizable number of versions of its platform in the market.
The React Native structure is a solution that allows you to deliver applications in less time on both platforms and provides many functionalities. It provides full support for the functions of mobile devices and a high rate of performance, which is why most clients prefer to use it for their apps. This, however, is not a standard and requires careful consideration of the project and its scope before deciding.
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