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· 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.

· 8 min read
Christine Abernathy
Eli White
Luna Wei
Timothy Yung

React Native has been very successful at raising the bar for mobile development, both at Facebook and elsewhere in the industry. As we interact with computers in new ways and as new devices are invented, we want React Native to be there for everyone. Although React Native was originally created to build mobile apps, we believe that focusing on many platforms and building to each platform’s strengths and constraints has a symbiotic effect. We have seen huge benefits when we extended this technology to desktop and virtual reality, and we're excited to share what this means for the future of React Native.

· 6 min read
Luna Wei

Over the past year so much has changed in our world, React Native being no exception. We've welcomed new members to our team (whom we are excited to eventually meet in person!), our projects have matured and new opportunities have arisen. We're excited to share all this with you in this post and others to come!

At Facebook, our team works in half-year cycles. Each half we review our strategy, set plans, and share them internally. Today, we want to share our H2 plans with you, our community.

H2 2021 is an exciting half for React Native. Our areas of focus include nurturing the community, beginning to roll out the new architecture to open source, and pushing the technology forward.