To help our clients grow their businesses and give their customers experience they look for, we often choose React Native. Naturally, we also follow the news about the solution we use and recommend to our clients.
In this summary you will read about what's new in React Native at the very beginning of 2020. We will start with basic information about React Native for those who aren't familiar with this framework. Then we will discuss profits coming from the use of React Native in applications' development and business. Finally, we will see what has changed since the beginning of 2019 and what are predictions for the nearest future.
Facebook, as the most popular social media platform in the world, is not only a great example of a successful business. It is also an incredibly vast dev project, prepared by the best engineers you can find around the globe. And these Facebook engineers, in order to make their work more efficient and better in every way, created React Native — the best cross-platform app development technology you can find.
Without React Native you'd have to make one app for each platform using different languages (Java or Kotlin for Android and Objective-C or Swift for iOS). Another option would be to build a hybrid application using e.g. Ionic React (since Ionic decided to support React with their framework), but such an application will never give your users the experience of a native application.
Now you only need to know React and you can come up with an application using device-specific solutions.
As I have already mentioned a few times, React Native is especially beloved by those looking for an easy way to create a cross-platform mobile app. In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg said: “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native.” This speech announced the new approach Facebook is taking — a focus on native app development that can bring better results with better apps.
We know that React Native is great, but actually, how great is it? What's in it for your business and your customers? There are plenty of benefits you will enjoy by employing React Native. Here are only the most important ones.
There are other solutions to the challenges of building a cross-platform application. However, they usually don't work as good as React Native (like mentioned earlier Flutter, or Ionic, that actually doesn't let you build a native application). The list below should convince you that there must be something in React Native that makes various companies love it.
Alright, if React Native is as good as we write here, are there any interesting companies using it at all? Of course there are.
If this short list doesn't satisfy you, have a glimpse at our article about best React Native companies and start-up mobile apps. But first, let us tell you, who stands behind the success of React Native.
Although React Native was created by Facebook, it is now surrounded by a vast community of enthusiasts and experts working on its development.
A number of React Native components are also created by the developers not working for Facebook. Their sympathy for this framework ended up in many collections of components, widely available around the internet. A great example is NativeBase — one of the most popular components set for React Native Development.
NativeBase is fully open source and was used in creating a number of interesting free-to-use projects, such as the basic clone of Twitter. If you are planning to win over the world with a new mobile social media app, it provides a great insight into how React Native can be used for implementing login box or profile management into your program. NativeBase is also supporting a number of paid premium starter kits, that cover very specific topics, such as an Uber-like taxi app. Custom mobile app development is now faster than ever thanks to this love of users for React Native.
Of course, there is also a Facebook group for React Native enthusiasts. At the beginning of 2020 it gathers over 40,000 members.
Microsoft not only owns Skype, one of the companies making use of React Native, but also contributes heavily to the development of the RN ecosystem. It develops a repository that makes it possible to create applications for devices that use Windows 10. Microsoft also supports React Native in its App Center.
There is also plenty of experts who share their knowledge of React Native Development on blogs and social media. Their number and engagement is another proof of the popularity of the library. We strongly encourage you to explore the best React Native experts & blogs to follow. We prepared a list of 20 most valuable React Native experts on our site.
GitHub community of React Native is as big as 2056 contributors now and this number is still growing. (Compare it to 754 contributors to Swift). Moreover, according to the Stack Overflow 2019 survey, React Native was the 6th most popular framework among developers.
2019 gave us two releases worth mentioning. First of them, 0.60 came with major changes and latter 0.61 focused mainly on bug fixing, but we will get to that later.
If you need more detailed explanation, take a look at React Native blog.
As we wrote before, version 0.61 focused mainly on fixing some bugs. However, there came at least two changes introducing something new.
What will be the future of React Native? We cannot be sure. However, we will take a chance and make some predictions based on what we know today.
Popularity of this framework will probably grow. It's still supported by Facebook and this one factor will be responsible for steady grow. Also, users' problems and community suggestions are quickly addressed. Solutions come regularly as parts of next releases.
Another feature we're waiting for is the Concurrent Mode that will let the application work on separate state updates at the same time making user experience smoother. It is still an experimental feature though.
The framework is also being used in an increasing number of unique, interesting projects, such as those using augmented reality (AR). It will definitely help in bringing React Native to industries where it hasn’t been used before.
It is also important to once again remind ourselves about the growing community around React Native. On GitHub, there are already over 19,000 commits from over 2000 contributors. Commits happen sometimes even a few times in a day, providing important support and constant improvements. The community is working to make the framework better in a few different areas, from improving the React Native debugging, to providing more and more open-source components.
We think that as the popularity of React Native among various companies will grow, the number of specialists working with this framework will grow as well. Actually, the demand is growing all the time. And they will have a lot of work to do.
Thanks to all these great aspects of React Native and its community, the number of companies providing custom mobile app development with the use of this framework is growing. In order to choose the best one, we highly recommend reading our checklist guide on finding the best company specializing in React Native Development.
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