The current mobile development space
So you’ve probably heard of the few different mobile app development options Hybrid, HTML5, or Native. If you haven’t, no worries, here’s a quick overview:
Native apps are developed specifically for one platform, iOS or Android, by using its own building language, and can take full advantage of all the device features, like the camera, GPS, accelerometer, and so on. They can also incorporate gestures, either standard operating-system gestures or new, app-defined gestures. They can use the device’s notification system and work offline as well. Native apps provide advanced UI interactions, the fastest performance, app store distribution, along with the best usability, best features, and best overall mobile experience. Unfortunately there’s no cross-platform diversity.
Mobile app development is a constant moving target; there must be a more cost efficient, new technological solution on the market.
What is React Native?
React Native apps aren’t hybrid apps—they use the same fundamental building blocks as native apps while showcasing huge advantages in their framework:
- Cross-platform diversity
- Less expensive
- Time saving
- Open source
Notable UI components of React Native:
- Text input, Picker, Switch, Slider
- Touchable elements
- List view & scroll view
- Alerts, Modals, Progress Bars
- Tab bar iOS (only iOS capable)
- Toolbar Android (only Android capable)
APIS for device interaction:
- Camera roll
- Async storage
- Image editor
- Push notification
- Share / Messages
This framework can be used on both Windows and Mac development environments, taking the advantages and features of Native apps to the next level. To introduce and explain the setup process, our extremely skilled developer Ahmed Mahmoud has created a remarkably easy-to-grasp guide on React Native.
To learn more about React Native and discover how to build your first app using this amazing technological advancement, check out our developer Ahmed’s tutorial on how to build a ToDo app over at Codeburst.