The pros of Native app development

 

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Mobile app development and installs are thriving right now. Building a mobile app for your business can help you reach more customers, extend your offerings and increase your revenue. These mobile applications have traditionally been written in native languages. However, hybrid cross-platform frameworks have been gaining market share lately. The recent increase of React Native’s popularity raises the question: should developers use React Native or stick to full native? If it were up to us, native app development is the preferred way to go.

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The pros of Native app development

 

Mobile app development and installs are thriving right now. Building a mobile app for your business can help you reach more customers, extend your offerings and increase your revenue. These mobile applications have traditionally been written in native languages. However, hybrid cross-platform frameworks have been gaining market share lately. The recent increase of React Native’s popularity raises the question: should developers use React Native or stick to full native? If it were up to us, native app development is the preferred way to go.

What is a native app?

 

Before we dive into the advantages of native app development, it’s good to know what a native app is. A native application is one that is developed for use on a particular platform or device. As it is built for the use on a particular device and its OS, it has the ability to use device-specific hardware and software. It can provide optimized performance and take advantage of the latest technology, such as Biometrics or Augmented Reality, as compared to web apps or mobile cloud apps developed to be generic across multiple systems.

 

Performance

The main factor to consider when choosing between React Native and Native development is the app performance. 

React Native works with JavaScript, which works with only a single dedicated device thread. It cannot perform multiple asynchronous tasks at the same time. Besides, the framework does not support many trending modules and functionalities. This makes it incompatible with embracing native device features, cutting-edge technologies, and performing complex manipulations. 

 

Native apps, however, are developed using Swift, Java, or Kotlin. These are far better than JavaScript to work on advanced features, make heavy calculations, and integrate advanced hardware devices. This makes it easier for mobile app developers to create any type of application using Native technologies easily.

 

Long-term app scope

Another factor to focus upon when deciding what to pick for app development is long-term scope. The Native platforms, being supported by Google and Apple, easily get the tools to implement any functionality, resolve errors and launch updates without affecting app usability. 

 

React Native, on the other hand, does not keep updates at the top priority. The tools and updates are not launched in sync with Apple and Google, making it critical to build and launch future updates. Besides, there's less surety of how long the support continues, which again puts a question mark on if one picks React Native/Flutter for a long-term app process or not.

 

Interactivity with Native apps

The interactivity with native apps is another essential factor in clarifying the difference between react native and native approaches. A Native mobile application can easily interact with other native apps and access their data to offer an exceptional experience. 

 

This is not possible with React Native. React Native apps rely on third-party libraries to communicate with other native apps, which lowers data access. This makes React Native for mobile app development a secondary option when your app requires continuous interaction with other native mobile apps.

 

API and third-party libraries support

When it comes to API accessibility, the Native app development frameworks can directly use all types of APIs. Whereas the same is not possible in the case of React Native technology. The React Native apps can use only a few APIs in their development processes. For implementing complex APIs, you need to build a connection layer using Native technologies. This indicates that Native is a better choice over React Native when you have to add many APIs.

 

Augmented Reality (AR)

Mobile platforms like Apple and Google are continuing to deliver new and improved AR toolkits for developers. Google offers ARCore for Android developers, while the iOS platform offers ARKit 1.5 loaded with enhanced AR-based features for building immersive AR applications. While both toolkits are seemingly complete and richly featured for their respective platforms, they are platform-specific and don’t allow cross-platform rendering.

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