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This article was published on September 15, 2015

Facebook’s React Native for Android helps developers ship mobile apps fast

Facebook’s React Native for Android helps developers ship mobile apps fast
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Facebook has releasedReact Native for Android, a library that lets developers quickly build Android apps using JavaScript.

With this version, the open source project allows for compiling apps written in JavaScript for Web, iOS and Android from a single code base, which means that developers can learn a single programming language and deploy their software on all three platforms.

React Native allows developers to build apps for multiple platforms using the same code base
React Native allows developers to build apps for multiple platforms using the same code base

In addition, it should make it easier for companies to reduce the lag between launching apps for these platforms, no matter which one they started with.

The company said that it recently used React to build its Ads Manager app for iOS in five months, and was able to release its Android version only three months later.

Facebook open sourced React in 2013 and made React Native for iOS available back in March. You can view the project and its documentation here.

React Native for Android: How we built the first cross-platform React Native app [Facebook Code]

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