NativeScript 6.0 is finally out.
The NativeScript 6.0 version, as per the developers of Progress and Community, is the final milestone of their efforts towards making Webpack a high-end citizen and deliver an irresistible development experience.
They unveiled that they have been focusing on this goal for the past 1.5 years and today, they have finally launched 6.0 version with features and functionalities that will change the future of Cross-platform app development industry.
Let’s uncover the newly added NativeScript framework features in the next section.
What’s New in NativeScript 6.0?
1. Support for Angular 8 and its rendering engine, Ivy
The latest NativeScript development version is adding support for Angular 8 and its rendering engine, Ivy for providing facilities like better file creations, lower compilation time, and higher app performance.
2. Ability to develop an app using Vue.js framework
Not only Angular 8, this NativeScript version is also embracing the idea of full support for Vue.js. It is introducing the option to employ new functionalities of Vue.js framework as well as a better use of plugins developed for NativeScript.
3. Launch of a new Dark Theme
This open-source framework is also coming up with a new dark theme to resemble the dark mode feature of iOS 13 and therefore, deliver a native look and feel to users.
4. Public release of Hot Module Replacement
The Progress developers team has also released a public release in the latest version with options like support for SASS files and script changes in Vue.js framework, acknowledgment of file operations, and support for Angular projects out of the box.
5. Option to Embrace Android X
Just like Flutter, NativeScript has also added support for Android X in the development environment. Meaning, now NativeScript developers will also be able to use the latest features of Android versions when rolled out.
While this is a great improvement in NativeScript development, it also hints that it is preparing to enter into the competition, which was confined to Flutter vs React Native discussions till now.
6. Full Support for Font Icons
Font icons are an impressive technique that give web and mobile app developers an escape from concerns associated with resource images, managing assets, different sizes, and more.
While this option was already available in NativeScript 5.0 version, the latest version has come up with an unlimited support for Font icons which will eventually enhance the visual experience.
7. Release of new flexible layouts
It has also introduced new flexible layouts such as TabView which eases the process to design complex layouts easily and effortlessly.
Besides, it has also been announced that the latest NativeScript version will consider “markingMode:none” as a default option to build a new mobile application. Also, this will increase the speed of creating Android builds by 30% and lower down the startup time for iOS by 10%.
Now as we know what NativeScript 6.0 has baked for mobility experts, let’s explore what will be its impact on their Cross-platform development experience.
What will be the Impact on the Lives of Cross-Platform Developers?
1. Shorter Development Cycle
With these NativeScript 6.0 features, developers will be able to reuse around 70% of their development code across the web, mobile, and PWA development. This will accelerate the pace of development and thus, reduce the time required to build a mobile app.
2. Enhanced User Experience
By offering new flexible layouts and complete integration with WebPack framework, this Cross-platform mobile application development framework provides the best file size, performance and scalability options irrespective of which architecture has been selected.
This will aid mobility experts to deliver a high-quality and engaging user experience to their target audience and hence, gain better ROI.
3. Lower App Cost
Since the cost to develop a mobile application depends majorly on time and effort invested in the process, NativeScript 6.0 helps to cut down the app price by offering the facility of code reusability.
With all these new NativeScript 6.0 features, the Progress mobility experts have claimed that this update will bring a major difference in the lives of Cross-platform mobile app developers.