03 Apr Which Development Platform Should You Use on Your Next App? React Native VS Native Mobile Development?
Different Platforms on Mobile Application Development
We download a lot of apps from different app stores out there. They all have different functions- from entertainment to productivity apps- you name it, iphone app development? There is probably an app for it and for every single platform.
Although users need not burden themselves with how apps are being developed, that is not the case for actual app developers.
The usual dilemma that developers face is to choose which development platform they’re going to go for when developing mobile apps. Should they use the conventional approach or Native Mobile App Development or they use frameworks like the React Native and other popular options out there?
In this article, I will go over the information that you need so that you can finally answer that for yourself.
What is Native Mobile App Development?
Native App Development is basically the use of programming languages and operating system-specific frameworks to help create the applications that a client wants.
For iOS apps, the developer would have to use Apple’s own Swift language or the Objective-C. For Android apps, the developer must possess knowledge and expertise in both Kotlin or Java programming languages.
Also, keep in mind that each operating system comes with their own platform tools for mobile app development, so you will have to use a suitable one depending on the apps you want to develop as well.
- Nothing beats the performance of an application that was created using native app development standards
- You have exclusive access to the latest and greatest technologies and features once they are released by either Google or Apple
- You are assured that you’re going to get support long after actual development of an application
- You will have access to all available APIs that are suitable for the app you wish to create
- You do not need to depend on 3rd party programs or SDKs
- Takes a long time to develop if the client wants an application for both operating systems (since you have to develop each one of them separately)
- The developer must be well-versed in the required programming languages
- They also must have prior knowledge to operate the different SDKs and platform tools that are needed for Native Application Development.
What is React Native?
- It allows you to create applications for multiple platforms (which means that they work for both Android and iOS)
- It essentially cuts development time in half since you do not have to manually create apps for both operating systems
- You can “Hot Reload” the app. This means that you can preview the changes and feature implementations while the app is currently running so that you can see everything in real time.
- The application is actually quite fast. You can only really notice the speed difference if you have special equipment to detect actual app timings
- Using React Native or other similar frameworks would require extensive knowledge of the use of such things. It is a highly complex framework so you’ll have to sink in more hours just to learn how to use them
- The user experience is not that good, at least, when compared to native apps
- React Native and other app frameworks still lack some modules that are only present in native app frameworks
So, which one to choose? In a nutshell, both of them are pretty good. Native App Development allows you to create applications with all of the features that you want to implement.
Although fairly limited when it comes to modules, creating applications using React Native is much simpler, if you do know how to make use of the framework that is.