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· 6 min read
Riccardo Cipolleschi

tl; dr: We are working on improving the resources supporting the React Native New Architecture. We have already released a repository to help migrate your app (RNNewArchitectureApp) and one for your libraries (RNNewArchitectureLibraries). We are also revamping the New Architecture guide on the Website and we created a GitHub Working Group to answer questions related to the New Architecture.

· 3 min read
Alex Tait

May 19th, 2022 marks the 11th annual celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day and we wanted to update everyone on the accessibility progress we’ve made on the React Native Framework. Meta (formerly Facebook) was the first organization to take the GAAD pledge in 2020, committing to making the React Native framework accessible.

“We hope this pledge makes it easier for developers using React Native to create fully accessible mobile apps and inspires other organizations to make similar commitments to a more accessible future.”

Mike Shebanek, head of accessibility Meta, 2020

The process initially began with a thorough review and gap analysis of the framework focused on React Native utilized the iOS and Android APIs to support accessibility features. Dozens of issues have since been fixed or closed out, making good on the pledge to make React Native accessible and advancing the accessibility of the framework ever forward.

We didn’t stop there, and in early 2022, we reviewed and prioritized the remaining issues from this gap analysis on the Improved React Native Accessibility Board based on their impact on developers and end users.

· 7 min read
Nicola Corti

Hi everyone, As previously announced:

2022 is going to be the year of the New Architecture in open source

If you still haven’t had the time to look into the New React Native Architecture (the Fabric Renderer and the TurboModule system), there is no better time to do it than now!

We would like to share with the community some initiatives and material we prepared to make sure everyone is onboard on this endeavor.

· 12 min read
Xuan Huang

Since we announced Hermes in 2019, it has been increasingly gaining adoption in the community. The team at Expo, who maintain a popular meta-framework for React Native apps, recently announced experimental support for Hermes after being one of the most requested features of Expo. The team at Realm, a popular mobile database, also recently shipped its alpha support for Hermes. In this post, we want to highlight some of the most exciting progress we've made over the past two years to push Hermes towards being the best JavaScript engine for React Native. Looking forward, we are confident that with these improvements and more to come, we can make Hermes the default JavaScript engine for React Native across all platforms.

· 2 min read
Eli White

We recently shared React Native’s Many Platform Vision for how expanding React to other platforms improves the framework for everyone else. We’ve been making significant progress on this vision over the last couple years by partnering with Microsoft on React Native for Windows and macOS, and Oculus on React Native in VR.

As part of our plans beginning earlier this year, we are growing our focus on these platforms and growing our teams to help us achieve our vision. In order to support our new teammates, and many more to come, we are hiring two Engineering Managers: one to help support React Native for Desktop, and one to support React Native for VR.