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.

Mobile Operating System Market Dec 2018

Statistics data from the Statcounter.

Before you make a decision though, you need to know the difference between React Native app and Real Native.

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. Developers use JavaScript to create applications for both platforms. For example the largest applications written in React Native are Airbnb, Instagram and of course Facebook itself.
About React Native

Advantages of React Native Apps

Saving time

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.

Design adjustment

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.

About Real Native

Advantages of Real Native Apps

Best performance

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

Higher costs

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.

Separate optimization

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?
Real Native

Do you care only for one platform?
Real Native

Do you care about high performance of the application?
Real Native

Do you want to create applications on two platforms and is time an important factor?
React Native

Do you want to create an application on two platforms that can be easily updated?
React Native

Conclusion

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.

React vs Native BenefitsIf 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 info@moodup.team to start your next mobile application development project.

Why testing mobile apps is so important?

Mobile testing is now more important than ever before. According to data, by the 2017 users will download somewhere about 270 billion mobile applications. Testing mobile apps plays major role in app’s success and this role will grow further.

The importance of mobile apps testing

The popularity of apps offers huge opportunity. That’s why so many are released every day. With such huge quantity of apps avaible on stores the quality is the thing that stands out and determines whether product is outstanding or mediocre.

Developers are well aware that creating a good testing plan and sticking to it helps in product success.

Shift towards mobile

Shift towards mobile has already been made. Years ago, PC users were fine with waiting for fixes for some time after release. But mobile users can be described best as: impatient. When we use mobile we do it because we want do it now, quickly and in easy way. That’s the whole point of it, isn’t it?

We are now in point of time where smartphone is more personal than a ‘Personal Computer’. That’s why users expect apps to work right and rapidly.

Brand recognition

Furthermore, users tend to associate their experience of an app with whole brand. That’s why Apple and brands connected to Android don’t allow faulty apps on their stores. Good/bad reviews determine whether people will download particular app, buy brand’s products or talk about it.

Variety of devices

Another reason for testing apps is the amount and variety of devices that are in use in the world right now. In 2015, over 1,4 billion smartphones were sold.

smartphone share infographic

Source: Counterpoint research, 2015

When it comes to iOS, variety of deices and operating systems isn’t a huge problem. But when it comes to Android, apps can work differently on every type of device, so testing is crucial.

To put that into perspective, let’s have a look at Facebook. We can all agree that they are pretty good at what they do, right? They are testing new versions of Facebook, Messenger and Instagram on over 2,000 devices. And they are planning to double the amount of devices.

Tests must be made to ensure that speed, privacy, security, UX and many other factors are as best as they can get. This is what determines product’s success and why developing a product is constant proccess. This is what we strongly believe here in Mood Up Labs.

Conclusion

Users don’t care if your team did the best they could. Frustrated, they will simply remove and try different app. So testing and continuous fixing your app is the crucial thing to do to make sure that once it’s downloaded, it will be used frequently. That’s the goal.