The increasing demand for faster app development might be the reason why cross-platform applications are on the rise. In fact, React Native is already perceived as a viable solution to create quality software and its use expected to grow in the coming years.
Yet, not everyone agrees that it’s the way forward for mobile app development. And rightly so – there are still some technical drawbacks that are holding React Native back, not to mention that it generally offers slower apps when comparing them with native solutions.
Despite the constant advancement of React Native, it does not provide ready-to-use modules that give access to iOS or Android APIs. This forces developers to create so-called Native Modules themselves or develop “bridges” using Java/Kotlin (Android) or Swift/Objective-C (iOS) and severely increases software development time.
Developers bring up one more problem with React Native technology — software debugging. It is much harder when using RN. It comes down to faster development but longer problem-solving which results in less accurate cost estimation (especially in case of Android).
The framework might look strong on paper, but many well-known apps (such as Airbnb or Udacity) has actually switched back to native development. Therefore, even though React Native is definitely a trending topic at the moment, only time will tell if it has the power to outshine native technologies.