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.
In addition, developers can mix in React Native with their existing hybrid apps.
Facebook itself has written Facebook Groups for iOS as a hybrid app that uses React Native and webviews, while the Facebook Ads Manager for iOS is now completely written in React Native.
The source code for React Native is now available on GitHub.