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We take a look at the benefits and features of React Native
Code reuse across different platforms
The same code can be used for deployment on both iOS and Android. It results in an enormous saving in money as well as drastically slashes down the development period.
Architecture akin to React
Thanks to the modular as well as intuitive interface, other developers can extremely easily join someone else’s project and complete it successfully. This boosts the flexibility of any development team. Because of the architecture, it is simpler to update as well as upgrade web applications. From the tester’s perspective, the minimum time is needed to comprehend the coding logic and develop suitable testing scenarios.
Support of large community
React Native is supported by a large and fast-growing community. So, if you have any doubts, Issues or problems there will be someone available to resolve it. There are many components already developed and maintained by the community. So, you don’t have to build everything from scratch. You simply have to use the available component. This way your valuable time, money and effort are saved.
The platform is free
As React native is open source anyone can use the frameworks and its library without any charge. Applications developed using React Native are more economical to develop than in other platforms. This platform is ideal for startups on a tight budget. You get a good quality programming framework at no cost. What more could you ask for?
Large organizations are using the platform
Not only Facebook, famous entities such as Pinterest, Instagram, Skype, Tesla, Airbnb, Walmart, Bloomberg and other renowned brands are powered by this efficient and effective platform. Hence this is a proven and well-tested technology. Given its ease of use and high quality, the popularity of this powerful and flexible platform is only going to increase in the future.
Ease of marketing
The market stores of Apple and Google follow a lengthy and tedious process to approve fresh web apps. This results in a delay to market release consuming critical time. By the time an app is approved, it may be obsolete. Here you can make minor changes quickly and make the latest version available quickly to consumers. There is control over the update’s releases.
Note that the performance of React Native apps is at par with native apps.
Why you should choose React Native over Expo
React Native is no-doubt home for creating high performance iOS and Android apps. Hence turns out to bag some major companies like Netflix and Airbnb.
React Native provide two ways to build an app… One is based on “Expo” and another one is based on “Native”. We often get request to explain and compare, best suited way for project.
Expo has its own components And the best feature is that developers can build an iOS app without having a mac.
Expo doesn’t require Android Studio or xCode to build an app. Expo has its own dashboard and way to provide an app. It doesn’t provide Android and iOS native folder but React Native provide both folders from where we can access and work on the Native code.
Expo has its easiest and fastest way to build your app with Expo client app on your Android or iOS phone. You just need to scan your app’s QR code and you will get your app on your phone for development.
Here are some parameters:
1. App Size
Expo has a bunch of APIs which they include in binary, doesn’t matter you use it or not. This lets you push over the air updates to use new APIs, but comes at the cost of binary size. The size of an Expo app is approximate.
React Native only include the libraries which you are using.
2. Native Code
React Native does let you go deep down to native code and do the changes in that. This lets you to have a full control of your app.
3. Third-party libraries
When we talk about using third-party libraries… Expo doesn’t let us do. Like if you want to use background geolocation or play audio in the background, Expo doesn’t have support.
On the other side, React Native doesn’t have a restriction with third-party libraries. You can use whatever library you want to.
It’s a native module and Expo doesn’t support it. If you are using Expo you will need to forget Auth0.
But we can use in React Native because it allows us to use third party library and native code.
Expo still have many bugs which are common for a new platform. If you want your app which has fewer features (which support Expo) or in less time, you can prefer “Expo”. But if you want to create a big app with some advanced features, you should use “Native” code.
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