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React Native as seen in real life

Antonia Bozhkova
11 May 2023
3 min read
Antonia Bozhkova
11 May 2023
3 min read

In the “Building a mobile app with React Native” guide, we shared several use cases for which React Native is a great fit. We want to dive deeper into the topic by offering real-life examples of big brands relying on React Native for their mobile UI.

Let’s start with the e-commerce, news, and business applications categories:

  • Bloomberg, for example, used React Native to launch a consumer-oriented mobile app for iOS and Android to offer users a streamlined, interactive experience with easy-to-access personalized content, videos, and live feeds. Content can be personalized according to the user’s location anywhere—a dedicated editorial team curates news to reflect the time of day—and by field of specialization, such as Markets, Technology, Politics, Opinion, or Pursuits.
    Read the full story.
  • Back in 2019, 90% of Walmart’s Grocery App was powered by React Native. As a result of moving to React Native they:
    • Doubled the development velocity.
    • Started sharing a codebase between iOS and Android.
    • Drastically improved unit code testability and coverage.
    • Got flexibility in using Web developers for mobile work and vice versa.
    • Leveraged React and JavaScript programming skills across the organization to build mobile applications.
    • Shared business logic with our React/Redux web app.
    • Began using Over the Air (OTA) Code Push for critical issues.
    • Read Walmart’s full story.
  • Townske, a mobile app that helps you find the best local cafes, restaurants, and shops in almost any major city worldwide, stumbled over Facebook’s announcement of React Native back in 2015. The team discussed the pros and cons of using such fresh tech but decided it would be worth the risk.

Find out what happened with their project.

  • With UberEATS, the Uber team aims to make ordering food from your favorite restaurants as seamless as requesting a ride with uberX or uberPOOL. React Native seemed to fit the UberEATS use case very well. The initial goal was to build the bare minimum amount of scaffolding needed to get the Restaurant Dashboard running natively. To accomplish this, we created a native navigation and authentication system along with a WebView pointing to our existing web app.

Read the whole story here.

Social networks and chat applications are using React Native extensively. Let’s see why through the prism of a few prominent examples:

  • At Instagram, they’ve seen how React Native in development has allowed their engineers to move and iterate faster on products. Since developer velocity is a defining value of Instagram’s mobile engineering, in early 2016, the team started exploring using React Native to allow product teams to ship features faster through code sharing and higher iteration speeds.
    See how they faired and what benefits they reaped.
  • At Facebook, they take food seriously. Out the Window is one of their quick-service restaurants, where orders are taken by a point-of-sale system that uses some of Facebook’s core technologies and that was designed by their engineers.
    Learn how they built it using React Native.
  • In 2017, a small group of engineers started investigating the possibility of adopting React Native at Pinterest. In the post below, they share the evaluation process they developed, both from a technical and organizational perspective and the benefits they found for Pinterest specifically.
    Read the post.

How are you planning to use React Native? Let us know; we’d be happy to lend you a hand! Get in touch with us today.

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