Many businesses are getting ahead of their game by investing in mobile applications.
Given that over 2 billion people worldwide have access to a smartphone, they’re a great way for your business to engage with customers. They also play a key role in keeping your business trendy, productive and efficient. Here we discuss Facebook’s React Native and its benefits for business software and application development.
What is Native?
Firstly, let’s clarify the main differences between ‘Native’ applications and ‘Mobile Web’ Applications.
Where ‘Mobile Web’ applications are accessed through your mobile’s web browser, ‘Native’ applications are downloaded straight onto your device, often from an App Store. Web applications generally don’t function without internet connection, whereas a Native app can. Native apps have better user experience and performance in comparison to Mobile Web apps. However, Mobile Web apps are usually easier to develop because they use web technology.
What is React?
Another major limitation of Mobile Web apps is their inability to access your devices hardware such as the GPS sensor, the accelerometer or camera. Rather than relying on a Web view for these functions, Native apps are compatible with your device’s hardware meaning you can develop richer apps with a responsive (‘reactive’) user experience.
As a result of these differences, businesses often face compromises when it comes to choosing a mobile application framework and tool kit suitable for use on different mobile platforms (e.g. iOS and Android). Do you go for something that performs better, or something that is easier to develop?
This is where Facebook’s React Native is proving to be a big game-changer in mobile application development. Its user interface (UI) design framework is bridging the gap between the productivity of Mobile Web technology and the functionality of Native apps.
So how is it bridging the gap? And how does this benefit your business?
Fast & Cost-Effective Application Development:
Internally, our Developers share 90% of code to develop Native applications for our clients. Using Facebook’s react Native allows Developers to build truly Native applications in a fraction of the time which saves your business money. In this way, React Native brings the fast development cycles of web technology to the mobile platform; whilst still retaining speed, agility and efficiency. Therefore, bridging the gap between productivity and functionality.
The benefits of fast development and cost-efficiency also means you also have more
Because Developers only have one codebase to work with, their productivity is increased. Meaning they can include more features for the amount time and money you’re willing to invest as a business. More features will make your application sparkle and will certainly boost engagement and conversion rates.
We understand that businesses want to keep up with advances in technology, which is why we offer services in software development and application design. Our Developers are currently using React Native for developing a mobile application for one of our clients. If you’re curious to see how our team can help your business develop a piece of software or mobile application, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help.