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3 reasons why we use React Native for mobile apps

Netgen uses React Native to create your mobile app

There has been a long-running question about which platform you should develop your mobile app for first – Android or iOS. Both have their merits and both offer slightly different things to app creators. At Netgen, we don’t think this question needs to be a concern because we use React Native to develop our mobile apps.

React Native is an open-source, JavaScript-based framework that was developed by Facebook back in 2015. It essentially allows us to write one codebase and then skin it for the two different platforms. The app reads as native to both and now has five years of being happily accepted by both too.

So, why do we use it for many of our mobile apps here at Netgen?

  1. It’s more cost effective

There are a lot of contributing factors to the cost of developing a mobile app. These include the complexity of the app, your specific requirements and the experience of the developer. Now, imagine you have to double that to make one app for iOS and one app for Android. With React Native, there is only one app that needs to be developed, with a few minor alterations to make it suitable for the two different platforms.

  1. The app is ready for both iOS and Android

A lot of time and effort can go into deciding if you should develop for iOS or Android first. These two platforms offer developers something different – you don’t have the same target market, for one. Other differences include the overall competition of mobile apps on each platform, complexity for getting listed on the store, and if you want to make a profit on your app. Using React Native takes away the need to decide. Your mobile app will immediately be ready for both platforms.

  1. Ongoing maintenance is simpler

As devices advance and new iterations of the operating software get released, your mobile app will need updating. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on mobile app trends to ensure that yours stays relevant to the market in terms of design and features offered. The good news is, when you use React Native, you only have to update one app as opposed to two each time.

Ready to build your mobile app?

We genuinely love the flexibility and convenience that React Native offers for custom software development. It is a hardworking framework that can give you more bang for your buck. If you are looking to get a mobile app for your business, come and talk to our experts about whether or not React Native is right for your needs.