Launching the React Native SDKs for Android

  • Published: Sep 30, 2015
  • React, Android, Messaging, Storage

A few months ago Facebook announced React Native, a framework that lets you build native mobile applications with JavaScript.

In the beginning only iOS was supported but a few weeks ago React Native added Android support and Realtime is proud to be adding today full support for React Native Android to both the Realtime Messaging and Realtime Storage services.

Developing native apps that require communication between devices and real-time data-sync is now simpler than ever.

React Native is really cool, and developers are getting very excited about it for two main reasons:

  • With React Native your application logic is written and runs in JavaScript, but your UI is fully native; therefore you have none of the compromises associated with a HTML5 UI;
  • React introduces a radical and highly functional approach to constructing user interfaces. In summary, the application UI is simply expressed as a function of the current application state.
  • Now with both iOS and Android support developers are able to write cross-platform apps with very little modifications (if any) between the two major mobile platforms.

With the new Android SDKs from Realtime, your application will be able to get the benefits of the native Cloud Messaging and Cloud Storage Android SDKs, which use the WebSocket protocol for speed and reliability, while still being able to code your app using JavaScript.

Here are some resources to get you started:

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