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Is React Native the future of Mobile app development?

React Native - the most popular framework for Mobile development


Choosing the right technology for your mobile application can be the key part of your business’s success. Flexibility, efficiency and performance are crucial to staying competitive and meeting consumer expectations.

Developing for both iOS and Android platforms often complicates mobile app projects. At Ncoded Solutions, we use React Native to simplify this process, letting you focus on what really matters – your product. React Native enables us to build your app for both platforms simultaneously, reducing development time and costs. That’s why now, we’ll focus on React Native, a powerful framework that revolutionizes how mobile apps are built.

A choice of the world’s leading companies

When it comes to picking a technology for your mobile app product, knowing who else is using it can be very convincing. React Native is used by some of the biggest names out there - from social media giants to major retailers, this framework is trusted across industries because it works well and saves time. Let’s see who’s using React Native for their mobile products:

  • Meta: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Office, Skype, Microsoft Teams
  • Amazon: Amazon Shopping, Alexa, Amazon AppStore
  • Shopify
  • Pinterest
  • Uber
  • Tesla
  • Walmart
  • Bloomberg
  • Discord

More information about this can be found here: Who is using React Native?

Cross-platform functionality

One of the biggest advantages React Native offers over native development is higher code reusability. In traditional native development, you typically need separate codebases for iOS and Android. This means writing and maintaining two different sets of code, which can be both time-consuming and costly. It also has the potential to support other platforms through third-party libraries and tools.

Development speed

With React Native development processes spend less time, which can significantly cut down on development and maintenance costs.

Fast refreshing is a feature in React Native that allows developers to see changes to their code in real-time without losing the current state of the app. This speeds up the development process, as developers can quickly iterate on their code and see the results in real-time. It also improves productivity and reduces the time spent waiting for the app to rebuild and reload after each code change.

React Native includes various pre-built components and libraries that developers can use and they cover common functionalities needed in many apps, such as navigation, state management (e.g., Redux) and forms. This reduces the time needed to build an app from scratch.

The advantage of JavaScript with React Native

JavaScript continues to dominate the tech world as a key player in programming. It's basically everywhere, from websites to mobile apps and even in server-side technology. It works on nearly all platforms and devices, so it’s highly flexible. Also, with new frameworks, it’s constantly evolving in order to meet modern demands. So if you want to have engaging, interactive digital products, JavaScript is a clear go-to.

React Native is built on JavaScript and it acts as a bridge, translating the JavaScript code into instructions that the iOS and Android devices understand. It utilizes JavaScript and the React framework to allow developers to build applications with native platform capabilities across Android, Android TV, iOS, macOS, tvOS, Web, Windows and UWP.

As we look to the future, JavaScript's position only strengthens. Currently a hot topic in tech circles is "the programming languages of the future," and JavaScript tops the list. It seems like JavaScript will remain at the forefront of digital innovation for years to come.


What’s taking its place in modern React Native apps is TypeScript. It is an open source language built on top of JavaScript with type definitions. It catches errors at build time instead of run time, making for more stable apps and faster development.


Performance is key in mobile apps, and React Native provides powerful tools to enhance it. One notable feature is Concurrent Mode, which allows developers to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, leading to smoother and more responsive apps.

Additionally, React Native has introduced the new Fabric architecture. Fabric improves performance by using just one thread for UI operations, significantly enhancing responsiveness on both Android and iOS devices.


React Native offers significant advantages in scalability through its cross-platform capabilities. This unified development process leads to faster deployment and easier maintenance.

React Native’s component-based architecture facilitates the reuse of code, which can be particularly beneficial as applications grow in complexity and size. Compared to Native tech, React native provides a wider set of opportunities for higher amounts of development work and more complex functionalities.

Ultimately, the choice between React Native and native development should be guided by the specific requirements of the project, but React Native seems to be a winner in terms of scalability.


The future of React Native

Predicting technology's future is tough, especially with rapid innovations each year. With the rise of wearables, virtual reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT), the demand for compatible third-party apps is increasing.

React Native is well-equipped to handle these emerging trends. It can integrate with VR frameworks (React 360), AI libraries (for example TesnorFlow.js for machine learning) and many more. This makes its future in developing apps for new tech like wearables and IoT devices very promising.

Fun fact

Did you know that the PlayStation 5 interface uses React Native? 👀

This choice shows how flexible React Native actually is, bridging the gap between traditional app development and advanced gaming consoles. Sony's use of React Native for the PS5 helps to create a smooth and responsive UX.



Can we integrate React Native with existing native apps?

Yes, you can integrate React Native into existing native applications. This is a powerful feature of React Native that allows you to add new functionalities to your app without having to rewrite it entirely. Whether your existing application is built on iOS using Swift/Objective-C or on Android using Java/Kotlin, React Native can be added incrementally.

Can we use React Native for web development?

Well, yes, it is possible. React Native can be extended to web platforms using the React Native Web project. This library allows us to write code using React Native components and APIs, which then compile to web-compatible HTML and CSS.

However, while React Native Web makes it possible to share most of your code across platforms, you may still need to make some adjustments and optimizations specifically for the web environment. This is usually done when you need to implement significant business changes in your digital product.

Our team at Ncoded Solutions can help you in the process of selecting the best code base for your project.

Are React Native apps truly native?

React Native apps are "truly native" in the sense that they use native components for rendering the user interface, which means they can provide a user experience comparable to apps developed directly with native SDKs (like using Swift for iOS or Kotlin for Android). However, they are not entirely native because they still rely on JavaScript for their business logic, which runs on a JavaScript engine and communicates with the native components via a bridge.

React Native's approach is to blend the development experience of web technologies with the performance and user interface standards of native development. This combination aims to provide the best of both worlds, enabling faster development cycles and easier maintenance without sacrificing the quality of the end user's experience.

What are the downsides of React Native?

Even though it’s great and effective, it must have some weaknesses, right?

First that comes up is performance. React Native offers near-native performance, it may not match the exact performance of fully native apps (especially in complex graphics-intensive apps), but the difference won’t be much noticeable to end users.

The next thing is debugging in the React Native projects – it can be more complex compared to traditional web or Native app development. Issues may arise from the interaction between JavaScript and native code, making it sometimes challenging to pinpoint the root cause of bugs.

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