Since 2015 React Native has been our platform of choice for cross-platform app development. React Native was developed by Facebook to solve the key native development issue: reducing the time, effort and cost of app development and maintaining multiple code bases on native apps.

What is cross platform app development?

Cross platform app development is the process of building and delivering an app that can run across multiple devices, maximising the code sharing and reducing the overall maintenance cost.

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React Native components

React Native developers can now create exceptional native experiences with JavaScript code. React Native combines the best parts of native development with a best-in-class JavaScript library for building user interfaces. It uses React principles and glues together native components with JavaScript, which means there is one single code base for iOS, Android, Web, desktop (both Mac and Windows) as well as other devices such TVs (via tvOS) or even your car (via CarPlay).

Single code base 

Our React Native developers use the same code to create individual versions of an app (mobile, web, desktop, etc.) while achieving an impressive 60 frames per second and still maintaining the individual look and feel of the given platform. There is a misconception that React Native can only be used for mobile application development. But React Native can be used very effectively to deliver the web portion of an application using React Native for web.

Reducing the cost of app development 

Developing a cross platform app with React Native is a great solution for reducing the overall cost of app development. Unlike app development in the past, which necessitated a distinct team of developers for each platform, React Native means apps can be developed by one development team across the entire product.  

Having separate applications for multiple platforms is very inefficient as it increases the time and cost of app development (including the cost of ongoing support and maintenance) and reduces the time that can be spent on innovation. Rather than re-implementing the same logic and user interface across every single platform app development resources can be utilised elsewhere to deliver new features or innovate faster than your competition. 

Increasing productivity for digital product development

Developing a React Native app will not only significantly reduce the development time and it will also allow the digital development team to improve the user experience faster. React Native developers can prototype, iterate, improve and release features faster than development teams using multiple native SDKs, shortening the time to market for your app so you can start profiting faster.

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Our React Native developers built Lirica from MVP through to product launch with React Native in order to benefit from a fast design & process that supported iterative digital product development across iOS and Android devices.

Simplify app maintenance with live app updates & code push

React Native developers also have the upper hand when it comes to maintaining apps. It allows them to push updates to a live app without having to do a submission to the App Stores. This means that you can respond to user needs and feedback staggeringly fast, and also, you can gather market intelligence easily, because running A/B tests or pushing bug fixes will take minutes rather than days. 

Streamlined software development

React Native's architecture includes a “fast refresh” tool that allows changes in code to instantly reflect in the UI. This is a huge benefit for any mobile app development company looking to streamline the software development process. React Native developers do not need to wait for native builds to finish. Save, see, repeat.

Mobile & web application development 

React Native is an excellent choice for organisations that want to hire a single developer for both mobile and web application development. As a subset of React, React Native allows you to build an app with common components and user interfaces across mobile and web platforms. This enables organisations to benefit from an increase in productivity and an overall reduction in app development costs for mobile & web applications. 

An image depicting the Me+Moo app. An app that our team of React Native developers built with React Native.
Me+Moo was a digital marketing campaign built with React Native to promote 5G and digital transformation in rural communities.

A popular open source framework for app development 

React Native was open-sourced in 2015, and it’s come a long way since. It is now the most popular framework on the market for delivering universal mobile applications and it is the framework of choice for software companies such as Microsoft, Instagram, Bloomberg, Uber, Pinterest as well as a variety of startups such as Zopa, Smarkets and tons of other companies from Fortune 500 to hot new startups.

React Native developer community 

React Native developers enjoy a thriving community for practical advice, code and tutorials and we are active participants both at events and online. Having a very active community of React Native developers means the framework is more quality-oriented and  it can grow at a considerable pace. 

Library of components & APIs

Choosing React native doesn’t mean that features or functionality need to be sacrificed. React Native developers have access to a thriving ecosystem and a vast library of native components for navigation, data visualisation and charts, in-app payments, location tracking, vector animations and API integrations that keeps on expanding every day. This makes React Native a great choice for developing sophisticated apps. 

An image depicting the Hormonix Healthcare app, developed in React Native by our team of React Native developers
Our React Native developers built Hormonix as a cross platform app, using data visualisation and chart components. 

Using React Native to build an MVP app

When building a minimum viable product (MVP) it is often critical to get a simple  version of the app into the market as quickly as possible. React Native apps are cost-effective, faster to develop and easier to iterate and improve upon. This is why an app developed with React Native is an ideal choice for startups or businesses looking to develop a new digital product or service. 

Scalability 

Scalability is critical and React Native is ideal for companies who may want to launch an MVP within a few short weeks or months but also want to be in a position to scale quickly and add new features to their web or mobile applications. React Native is a highly flexible framework that is ideal for adding new functionality or rapidly improving the user experience as more insights are gathered on how the MVP is being used. 

Building a team or React Native developers

Furthermore, for startups or businesses looking in the longer term to build an in-house team they can easily find talented JavaScript developers that are able and willing to become React Native developers themselves. React Native is a modern framework, has clear benefits, is efficient, and has a high market share is therefore likely to be a technology that is around for a very long time.

10 reasons React Native developers love React Native

To summarise these are the main benefits of using React Native for app development:

  1. Cost effective
  2. Faster app development
  3. Cross platform compatibility 
  4. Excellent performance
  5. Live updates & code push
  6. Hot reloading 
  7. Code reusability 
  8. Active community
  9. Thriving ecosystem of components & APIs
  10. Simplified app maintenance

Get in touch

If you are looking for an expert team of React Native developers to help you with your digital product development why not get in touch with us.  

We are an ideal technical partner for cross platform app development in React Native for both mobile and web applications. 

Working with Milo was truly a fantastic experience. At every stage they went well beyond the requirements and were pivotal to ensuring that the product was exactly what I wanted. They exceeded my expectations. I can't recommend them enough.

Grace Parker, Founder at FitVo

An image depicting the FitVo app. An app built by our React Native developers that integrates with Apple HealthKit and Google Fit.
Our team of React Native app developers developed the FitVo app to integrate with Apple HealthKit and Google Fit.

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By:
Petros Lafazanidis
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Jul 2022

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