In today’s fast-moving world, we are always on the run. As a result, our mobile lives necessitate a trusty mobile companion with a quick access menu that has the answers to all our problems – the mobile app library. An average mobile phone contains apps for everything, ranging from luxuries like booking a vacation to mundane activities like buying groceries. Given that a smartphone and an internet connection can get you everything you desire from the comfort of your home, why would you choose to do otherwise? This situation dictates that, in order to be successful, every business must have an app. But, given that there is no dearth of apps available for download out there, having an app is no guarantee of success. That’s why it is important to invest in a good mobile app that is developed by a well-seasoned mobile app development company.
What Constitutes a Good Mobile App?
A good mobile app has a well-designed user interface that can collect and utilize customer information for a better and personalized customer experience. It is easy to use, loads fast, streamlines your business processes, and markets your product effectively, thus boosting both sales and revenue. Some examples of good mobile apps are Big Basket, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, WhatsApp etc. Such mobile apps are developed by software development companies based on the specifications provided by their client companies. While mobile app development companies can choose from any number of different platforms to develop the required app, they are increasingly becoming partial to React Native.
What is React Native?
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Cross-platform Mobile App Developer
As a cross-platform application, React Native is capable of developing mobile apps across different platforms, a feature that makes the mobile app development process a lot easier for the programmers. It allows the programmer to reuse 80-90%, give or take, of the original code across apps for different platforms. Meaning, that programmers no longer have to develop different apps for Android and iOS, from scratch, on two separate applications, such as Flutter and Swift respectively. They can essentially develop one app for any one platform, then use a majority of that same code to develop an app for other platforms, albeit with minor changes to incorporate the requirements of each individual platform. Since each app does not have to be built in its entirety every time, making mobile apps in React Native reduces the client company’s wait time between ordering and receiving the requested mobile app.
Frontend and Backend Support
All applications from mobile apps to websites have two ends to their development process – the frontend and the backend. The frontend of a mobile app is stored on the consumer’s mobile device and is processed on its hardware. On the other hand, the backend of a mobile app is stored on the business’s/service provider’s server and is processed on it. Most mobile app development companies employ separate teams who use different applications for the development of the frontend and backend aspects of each desired mobile app. Whereas with React Native, popularly known for its ‘learn once, use everywhere’ nature, one could program both the frontend (client side rendering) and backend (server side rendering) parts of any given mobile app. This means that React Native can be used to develop the user interface of the mobile app along with programming the storage, management, and analysis of the user data required to run the said mobile app. The result is a mobile app with well-integrated frontend and backend components featuring a user interface with the potential for personalization.
The Hot-Reloading Process
Every app requires regular updates, be it for adding features, fixing bugs, or improving security. These updates, more often than not, require that changes be made to the original code of the mobile app. This could sometimes mean a complete rewrite of the code from scratch – a tedious job, no doubt – but not with React Native. It follows a hot-reloading process which allows for the changes made to the code to be rendered in real-time. This also means that while developing the app or while making any future changes to its code, a programmer does not have to keep checking and rechecking the code to avoid errors. Thus, not only saving time but also ensuring that the end result is an error-free mobile app.
Since React Native supports cross-platform mobile app development, it can develop two or more apps at the cost of one – or, at the least with negligible added cost per platform. It also allows the client company the option of taking one app now and adding the other one/s later. Additionally, it does not require two different teams of programmers to develop a mobile app’s frontend and backend components separately owing to its ability to support the development of both. Thus, working on lower resources and freeing the remaining for software development companies to perform other needed functions. All of these qualities make React Native more economical and cost-effective for the client company/business owners.
React Native, with all the features of its competitors and then some, is more feasible for the programmers, employs fewer overall resources of the software development company, is easier on the client company’s pocket, and is, therefore, the best mobile application currently in use at mobile app development companies. So, if you are a business owner in need of a mobile app, it’s the right time to look for the mobile app development company that suits your requirements and put in your mobile app request for one platform or more. Alternatively, you could ask your current software development company for the same. But don’t forget to check with either of them about the pros and cons of using React Native in developing your mobile app.