Why to choose React Native for iOS and Android development?

  • Native performance
  • Cross-platform solution
  • JavaScript
  • Native libraries
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Ads Manager
  • Instagram
  • Messenger
  • Airbnb
  • Walmart
  • Tesla
  • SoundCloud Pulse
  • UberEATS
  • etc.

Advantages of React Native

  • Your app will be as performant as a native app
  • You can share and reuse code between web and devices
  • React Native is cross platform, can be used on Android, iOS or even on Windows (UWP and WPF), smart watch, desktop, smart TV, virtual reality
  • Developed by Facebook: github.com/facebook/react-native
  • Forked by Microsoft: github.com/Microsoft/react-native-windows
  • Used by a constantly growing, large community
  • Open source and free technology
  • You can develop and maintain your app’s code base in JavaScript and React.js, and can use anything that is written in JavaScript
  • You have the control of native build systems and libraries

Why is it different from frameworks like Cordova, Xamarin etc.?

React Native creates native elements on the fly that can be modified from JavaScript, it also registers event handlers so that you can handle any events from JavaScript. Basicly its architecture has 3 layers: native-bridge-javascript.
In React Native you can have a really large list rich in media, which can be exactly as performant as a native app
React Native uses React for the UI which has the concept of virtual DOM, this makes RN really performant when updating any components
In Cordova your app will be rendered in a webview. It parses the HTML, CSS etc., so performance is up to its implementation. Generally not as performant as a React Native or a native app.
In Xamarin you have to code in C# using the non-free Visual Studio, while React Native has the advantage of code and knowledge sharing between web and native performant mobile development

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