The mobile application industry continues to grow at an astonishing pace. Research shows that revenue from mobile applications is expected to exceed $188 billion by the end of 2020–and companies of all sizes are competing for a piece of the pie. As a result, the race to develop successful mobile applications has led many businesses to focus on building experienced in-house development teams.
Netflix rapidly transformed itself from a movie rental business into one of the largest media companies in the world.
The company was originally founded as a local DVD subscription service in 1997. Today, Netflix has over 148 million subscribers across the globe and is the most popular video streaming service in the world.
In addition, the firm has also ventured into media production. Netflix has made several hundred original movies and television shows over the past five years. Series like House of Cards and Stranger Things have provided the company with much-needed credibility as a content creator.
The company also saw an improved user experience as a result of faster loading times and intuitive movie previews. This is because Node.js uses an event loop and an asynchronous and non-blocking I/O to handle tens of thousands of request per second with ease. This reduced latency dramatically, a problem which had been throttling Netflix’s services prior to the switchover.
Candy Crush Saga is one of the most successful video games of all time. The free-to-play matching puzzle game was initially released as a Facebook web application in 2012 before being reworked for Windows, Android, and iOS.
Candy Crush was one of the first popular freemium games. This means that the game is free to play, although in-game purchases can help users progress faster or purchase add-ons. This model allowed the company behind Candy Crush, King Digital Entertainment, to earn more than $4 million per day in 2018.
React Native was created to solve a major problem with Facebook’s mobile applications. Cross-platform development allows companies to develop mobile applications that function on multiple operating systems.
However, because the code is generalized for multiple operating systems, the user interface and experience design often looks unnatural on each device.
Mark Zuckerberg famously said in 2012 that “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML as opposed to native.”
Facebook created React Native to overcome user design challenge. While it was initially designed for iOS development, it is now used for both Android and Windows 10 projects as well.
The deployment of native applications has improved Facebook’s user experience. Real-time events on the user dashboard now load twice as quickly and the app has fewer bugs than before. Just as importantly, Facebook’s users love their new native apps and improved user experience.
The mobile ride-sharing company Uber has grown in leaps and bounds since it was founded in 2009. While the company initially launched with limited transportation services in San Francisco proper only, its services are now available in 173 countries across the globe.
The application works by pairing customers with Uber drivers, who use their personal cars to ferry users to their destination. Customers can hail a car with a single press of a button on their smartphone.
When it came time for the company to release a new version of their mobile application and to improve their matching system, they turned to Node.js for the following reasons:
- It can process a huge amount of information quickly. This makes it perfect for applications that must handle a lot of network requests.
- It is perfect for rapid iterations. The code can be inspected and errors can be corrected on the fly.
- The open-source nature of the framework is important. It means that improvements are made continually and ensures that the language evolves with the user needs.
The newly-released mobile application offered a variety of improvements over the previous iteration. For one, the matching system’s results were improved significantly.
LinkedIn is by far the most popular professional social media and networking website in the world. With more than 600 million members located throughout the world, the platform helps white-collar workers develop a professional network and search for career opportunities.
Node.js increased performance and memory usage in comparison to Ruby on the Rails. In fact, the application ran 20 times faster in some cases. Even more surprising, overall mobile usage increased by 23% once the new app was released.
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