React Native Apps vs. Real Native Apps — What do you have to know?
Mobile apps have become an integral part of our lives. As the number of smartphone users increases, so does the need for 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.
On the digital market, we can choose which platform will be supported by our application – iOS, Android or both platforms, and this is a problem, because developers must create the same application for different platforms. However, there is a solution in the form of React Native.
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Before you make a decision though, you need to know the difference between React Native app and Real Native.
React Native Apps
Advantages of React Native Apps
One of the most important advantages of using React Native is saving time. Developers don’t need to create applications once for each platform, they can use the same technology for both iOS and Android.
Modular and intuitive architecture
The modular and intuitive interface makes it easy for developers to migrate and implement quickly on the project. This increases the flexibility of the development team and facilitates the introduction of updates.
Disadvantages of React Native Apps
Not for all APIs
One of the biggest disadvantages of the React Native framework is the lack of support with some native APIs, which means that the application will not always be able to communicate with other applications which may affect the overall functionality.
The design adaptation may require writing additional code to avoid confusion in the application as the platforms look different and each of them have their own design guidelines.
Real Native Apps
There are two main platforms on the market for mobile applications, iOS and Android. Using Native approach, applications are written separately for both platforms. Applications for iOS are developed using Swift or Objective-C while Android applications are developed using Java and Kotlin.
Advantages of Real Native Apps
Thanks to the native structure, the application is created and optimized for a specific platform, which makes them very fast, responsive and have a high level of performance.
Full feature set of device
The Real Native approach provides better access to hardware, which translates into performance and application capabilities. Developers can directly access device hardware such as GPS, camera, microphone, etc.
Easy errors detection
By using basic languages for the chosen platform, you limit the possibility of an error case and make it easier to detect them when they appear.
Disadvantages of Real Native Apps
Making an application separately for both platforms requires adapting the design and programming code which means higher costs and a lot more time to develop and test the app.
You need to ensure optimization for each platform on many devices. In the case of Android this is more complicated because there are many versions of the system on the market that need to be considered.
Questions you may have now
Do you want to have access to the full functionality of the platform and device?
Do you care only for one platform?
Do you care about high performance of the application?
Do you want to create applications on two platforms and is time an important factor?
Do you want to create an application on two platforms that can be easily updated?
The React Native structure is a solution that allows you to deliver applications in less time on both platforms and provides many functionalities.
Real Native provides full support for the functions of mobile devices and a high rate of performance.
Although both of these approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, React Native is beneficial in most cases, unless you need access to certain platform functions.
If you are not sure and would like to learn more, why not give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you. Our company Mood Up Team, has extensive experience in developing mobile applications on all mobile platforms including React Native. Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to start your next mobile application development project.