Facebook Open-Sources React Native


At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook announced that it is open-sourcing its React native framework for building native apps. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React JavaScript framework for building native mobile applications.

Today’s announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise to anybody who has followed along with the development of React. Facebook has publicly talked about this project before. Given the company’s history of moving from its rather ill-fated HTML5 app to native, it’s also no surprise that the company is not all that interested in writing any more frameworks for non-native applications.

The F8 day 2 keynote also saw Facebook show off new artificial intelligence systems for identifying the meaning of videos and text, and unveil a new Internet-delivering solar-powered drone called Aquila.

React, of course, is Facebook’s extremely popular framework for writing web apps. As the company notes today, writing native…

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