Is React Native ‘native’?

Since its launch more than five years ago, React Native has gained a lot of hype and continues to be an effective platform for mobile app developments.

Created by Facebook Inc., React Native is an open-source mobile application framework that is written entirely in JavaScript using React. As JavaScript keeps up with its popularity and is a used programming language worldwide, it is what gives React Native an edge. Another characteristic is that searching for developers to code in JavaScript is easier and hence learning React Native is simple yet straightforward for any JS developer.

React Native framework’s popularity has grown remarkably over the last three-four years. The latest versions of mobile applications of some of the most popular organizations such as Facebook, Instagram, Salesforce and Airbnb have made immense use of React Native framework to get a competitive dominance over the market.

React Native has become the choice of 42% of the developers worldwide.
Some benefits of React Native:

  1. Cost of Development
  2. TTM- Time to Market
  3. After-Launch Upgrades
  4. Instant Live Updates
  5. React Native Apps are Faster
  6. Write the code once and use it Everywhere
  7. Hot Reloading
  8. Similar Architecture

Renowned Companies that shifted to React Native Development:
• Instagram- Social Media Platform
• Bloomberg- Global Business and Finance News
• Walmart- Online Retailer

Other giants using React Native are Facebook, Skype, Uber Eats, Tesla, Pinterest, Airbnb and the list is long!

The Future of React Native Mobile App Development-
The distinctive advantages mentioned above are what will help React Native stay way ahead of the competition and makes the future look optimistic.

Moreover, React Native is working on an energetic large-scale project called Fabric. The aim is to make React Native more customizable and Fabric will further help the RN framework merge with hybrid JavaScript-based infrastructure.

With Fabric, the developers are defining three significant changes that fuel the React Native growth in the coming times. These changes are:
• New threading model– instead of allowing every UI update to work on three separate threads, Fabric will enable developers to call synchronously into JavaScript on any given thread. Reducing the strain on the main thread without compromising the responsiveness.

• Async rendering capabilities- React Native will have async rendering capabilities under this change. Thus, making it easier to handle asynchronous data, and further, allowing multiple rendering priorities.

• Simplified bridge– Developers are building a fresh simplified bridge, which will improve the direct calling between JS and native. Additionally, it will further simplify in the building of several debugging tools.