Top 5 Reasons Why Android Developers Should Focus on React Native in 2021
Android has a huge ecosystem apart from the mobile operating system. Since Android’s inception in 2008, Android has been getting major improvements with every new release year after year. Hence, why would you need to care about recently surfaced cross-platform frameworks? Well, Android has a wide range of features, customization and superior performance. But, it is quite tough to maintain a huge code for iOS and Android systems separately. This problem can be effectively solved by using the React Native framework.
What is the React Native framework?
React Native Alternatives
The largest competitors in the market are Google’s Flutter and native Android. But, there are various other alternatives that are worth looking into, like Ionic, Xamarin and Cordova. Interestingly, all these frameworks are developed on the base of one or more programming languages that the developers are familiar with and have been working on for a decade or so.
- Xamarin is developed on the ever so popular .NET framework from Microsoft.
- Ionic was developed on the platform of AngularJS and Apache Cordova.
React Native is built on React framework and it is still popular among the developer community despite the introduction of frameworks like Ionic, Cordova and Xamarin.
Main Features of React Native
Now, let us take a deeper look at the important features that make React Native a desirable and popular cross platform framework that is a fan favorite in the developer circle.
Smaller Development Cycle
React Native allows you to build mobile applications at a faster pace. Due to the support of an increasing community in the last few years, the open-source project provides various components that can be used locally. Due to this, app developers can experience a 40% shorter development time. Moreover, React Native takes care of both the iOS and Android platforms and hence it provides the ease of shared data and a single codebase for these platforms.
Improved User Interface
If you are a developer or a business owner, it is extremely crucial to focus on user experience. If your app’s user interface fails to deliver a superior user experience, your efforts would be wasted. Major app development companies tend to integrate the React Native framework to build an intriguing interface. Due to a persuasive interface, more users will appreciate and value your applications.
In 2021 and beyond, the diverse abilities of React Native framework will make way for future applications. It is easy for beginners, reduced development time and cost and reduced maintenance are some of the added advantages. These reasons compel us to state that React Native will be the future of mobile application development.
Compatible with other Platforms
In the early days, React Native was launched for iOS app development. But, soon Facebook understood that the exciting features and abilities can help in Android too. A number of APIs used in React Native are cross-platform. This enables developers to develop iOS and Android apps with the same codebase. Apart from that, offering platform-specific features and user experience is a bonus.
We have been developing applications for the last six years on various platforms like Android, native iOS, Flutter and React Native more recently, our most favourite platform has been React Native due to these reasons:
- Increased web development interest
- Community support and popularity
- Native like experience
- Seamless web and app coupling
- Ease of development and versatility
The mobile app development space has been uplifted in recent years due to the addition of cross platform frameworks like React Native. In the coming years, these platforms will eliminate the need for native app development frameworks. Let us know in the comments section if you feel the same about cross platform frameworks.
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.