Today, the development of mobile applications is more important than ever, and there are many programmers dedicating more on mobile development for iOS and Android. This is the era of smartphones. According to Statista, mobile apps will generate approximately 189 billion dollars in global revenues by 2020.
However, there are many alternatives to choose to create mobile apps, but the two most important are the development of native apps and the use of React Native. This last option is gaining ground against more traditional mobile development languages such as Swift, Java or Objective-C.
What is React Native?
Pros of React Native
b) Open source flexibility: With React Native, it is possible to inspect the code to better understand the framework, and even have the opportunity to improve it by correcting errors or adding new features. In addition, you have a good community to help you.
Cons of React Native:
c) Smaller community: React is still in its maturation stage, despite being born in 2015. That's why it doesn´t have a community as large as native languages, and even worse, the number of third-party libraries available is also limited.
Pros of native languages
a) All APIs supported: Developers sometimes prefer native languages over React Native precisely because they can use all APIs. No need to rely on external modules or third parties, or worry about updates.
b) Larger community: Native languages, especially Java, are backed by a large community. There is a wide variety of third-party libraries at your disposal, as well as tips and guides to solve any problem.
c) Better performance: As far as performance is concerned, the native development is undoubtedly the winner, because it adapts better to your Operating System. That gives you an advantage when you want to create an app that uses complex technologies like IoT or AR/VR.
Cons of native languages:
a) More difficult to use: You will need to design and program the iOS and Android applications from scratch, and you will have to deal with the learning curve of learning and mastering new languages like Swift.
b) Greater spending of time: You will need more developers and more time to create TWO applications that are adapted to iOS and Android. You will have to use different solutions for different environments.