Cross-platform development was perceived a few years ago as a less user-friendly, less reliable and posed challenges with an update. Though, with the evolution of the tools, such opinions about cross-platform development are a thing of the past now.
In fact, for mobile app development, they have now become a favorite among various sections of the industry as well as the community of developers. While it does deliver myriad benefits, the fact remains that none of it would be possible without a robust framework to enable and support such development. Admittedly, there is no dearth of tools for cross-platform development, though React Native tops the list.
Here are some of the top advantages offered by React Native that make it such a favorite among businesses looking to develop cross-platform mobile apps.
1. One team: Choosing React Native for your cross-platform development project means that you don’t have to put together different groups to develop apps for Android and iOS. It means a small development team can execute projects with reduced costs, and experience easier project management. Furthermore, since React Native is based on JavaScript, which is among the leading programming languages currently available, sourcing React Native professionals isn't tough either.
2. Quicker development: This framework allows considerable chunks of the codebase to be shared between the two platforms. Even if the mobile app offers vastly different features on Android and iOS, companies could still substantiate costs. And, that's not all -- bits of that code can also be used to create a website on React.
3. Real-time reloading: React Native supports hot reloading, which means developers can immediately see how the changes to the code affect the app while it’s running. This functionality helps developers save a significant amount of time as well as efforts.
4. Native UI: Native cross-platform apps are created using APIs provided by the Apple or Android SDK. Though the critical task is to implement them in other programming languages that aren’t supported by the operating system vendor. Usually, a third-party vendor provides an integrated development environment that manages the process for creating the native application bundle for iOS and Android from a single cross-platform codebase. Therefore the final product is an app that still uses native APIs, and cross-platform native apps can achieve almost native performance without any lag visible to the user. 
5. Automatic updates: Every time mobile apps get a new update, they require platform's app store approval. React Native allows updates to go round App Store since JavaScript apps can automatically check for updates via services like AppHub and then download the latest available version. Long story short, businesses don't have to wait to distribute updates, thus accelerating their release cycle.
Celebrated as a promising technology in this highly competitive world, React Native is equipped to deliver high-quality apps for both Android as well as iOS at a fraction of the resources that one would need with native development. Moreover, the above discussion further demonstrates that when opting for cross-platform for mobile app development, businesses stand to benefit immensely from choosing React Native. So, go ahead and select this framework for a fuss-free development process!

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.