We built our entire startup on React Native and this is what we found out

We built our entire startup on #ReactNative and this is what we found out:  #developer

  • However with the Android market share being pretty high, we had to make sure our app worked on both Android and iOS.
  • We wanted the iOS app to look and feel native.That’s where React Native came into the picture.
  • Could React Native pull this off and still look native?A few months down the line, with our iOS and Android app on the respective stores, I can tell you the journey was nothing but spectacular.
  • But hey, if we could go from an iOS app to fully functional Android app in 2 days, can it really get any better?Honestly I have never written an app for iOS on objective C that didn’t crash during beta testing a few times.
  • And to my amazement, our React Native app on iOS is yet to crash even once during production run.

At Genie! we like to spend most of our time giving our users the best experience to send and receive gifts. However I only had expertise writing apps for iOS and not Android. When we first decided to…

We built our entire startup on React Native and this is what we found outAt Genie! we like to spend most of our time giving our users the best experience to send and receive gifts. However I only had expertise writing apps for iOS and not Android. When we first decided to launch Genie!, a platform to send and receive gifts, we were sure it was going to be completely mobile. However with the Android market share being pretty high, we had to make sure our app worked on both Android and iOS. Our focus is still currently iOS but we wanted a decent Android app that served the basic purpose for most of our users. At the same time, we were not ready to compromise on iOS. We wanted the iOS app to look and feel native.That’s where React Native came into the picture. It promised to run on both iOS and Android with a single codebase for the most part. This meant almost 2x faster development cycle and 50% reduction in engineering costs for Genie!The promise seemed too real to be true. We were worried. Halfway through the journey, would we find React Native too limited? Would there be a few bugs if not too many that would ruin the experience?Genie! allows you to attach a personal video or a message like a Snap with each gift that’s delivered on the recipients phone at the time of delivery. This meant we wanted to have a good camera and playback experience….

We built our entire startup on React Native and this is what we found out