The Siphon Blog

Company announcements, tips and features

New third-party libraries, React Native 0.22 and Hot Reloading

We've upgraded to React Native 0.22 and made some improvements. You can now run your app in the simulator using Siphon and take advantage of React Native's lightning-fast reload times. App logs and debugging have also been improved significantly.

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Android support has arrived

Today we're excited to announce the release of Siphon Sandbox for Android. You can now push your React Native apps to both iOS and Android devices and view your changes on both simultaneously.

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Publishing a native mobile app should be as easy as deploying to the web

Even the most grizzled, die-hard app developer will admit that pushing an app to the App Store is a real pain. You need to create certificates, juggle with provisioning profiles and somehow induce Xcode to build your binary correctly with just the right permutation of obscure options and settings.

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Running a React Native app on your device (the easy way)

Running a React Native app on your iPhone can be quite tricky. You need to configure Xcode correctly, provision your iPhone and then somehow point your device at the local packager running on your machine.

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Introducing: Siphon Play

Running your React Native apps in the simulator or on a developer device should be a straight-forward task, but it's still a little tricky.

Today we're happy to announce a new Siphon command that takes care of everything for you

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Thoughts on the future of mobile app development

Arriving from a web development background, building native apps for iOS and Android feels like traveling back in time.

Near-instant browser refreshes are replaced by slow compilation times, your trusty text editor has been switched with a powerful but bloated IDE, and deploying new features is suddenly a week-long process (for iOS, at least).

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