One would say that it is fast, easier, and cheaper to write mobile apps in React Native instead of native iOS and Android which is far from the truth. To establish facts, here is a detailed explanation of the pros and cons of each approach in different developing environments.
The programming language
Hot reloading and live reloading
If you’ve ever worked with X-Code or Eclipse / Android Studio then you know how long and hectic the building process takes. This is frustrating essentially if you are working on a feature that is multiple screens away from the launch screen. Easy tasks such as changing a label text or changing a view color take a lot of time. Hot reloading is a React Native solution to this problem. It saves the state while keeping the app running and only injecting changes made in the code. Although this feature is not so perfect, it saves a lot of development time. App build time is significantly reduced when using React Native compared to native iOS and Android, with or without using hot reloading. Live reloading mechanism, on the other hand, is used to reload the app automatically when code is changed.
The popular Flex box is what structures UI in React Native. It helps web developers to build responsive websites or mobile UI easily. Therefore it competes with XML which uses constraints layout approach for Android and Storyboard XIB for iOS which uses the Neon approach. One benefit of using native mobile apps is that it allows you to use native APIs such as Camera, Touch ID, and GPS. As a mobile app developer, you can also use animation creating tools and a complex user interface. The beauty of it is that you are free to use everything offered by the mobile platform since there is no middle layer. React Native is not gifted in creating animations and complex UI. Its API offers a neat solution but it is not enough to complete with native capabilities.
If you ask me whether React native is worth it, I will tell you that it depends on the project. If you want to make an iOS-only or Android-only app the best solution will be native. For a small team and limited resources and you want to create an app for both platforms the best option would be React Native. Highly complex apps that require a large portion of platform-specific code will have to be written in native. React Native is also good if you want to build an app first using the hot reloading and live reloading. For app maintenance over a long period without fearing Facebook quitting React Native, the native will work best for you. All in all, it’s good to work with reputable IOS Development Company for perfect results.
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