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The Value of Android, iOS, and React to the Cloud

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Metal Toad helps our clients identify their cloud solutions.  However, one question I frequently hear is, “If we are building cloud solutions, then why is there a need for engineers in Android, iOS, and React specialties?”.


The cloud is becoming a bigger, more vital asset to technological solutions, however, it isn’t the only necessary aspect. To interact with those solutions, users need some kind of frontend component, or what the user will see and interact with. Currently, the common pieces of technology used to interact with everything are phones and browsers.  This means the most prevalent technologies utilized to get these experiences in front of users are Android, iOS, and JavaScript apps. React is currently the JavaScript framework of choice here at Metal Toad.


To provide exceptional experiences as an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we at Metal Toad must be able to provide not only the cloud portion of the solution, but also a rich frontend experience that will keep users engaged and coming back for more. From our perspective, the frontend is like a car’s dashboard and steering wheel because it can send information to and from the car’s system which reacts to the input.  By utilizing Android, iOS, and React apps, we can ensure those rich experiences through employing a holistic approach.

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About the Author

James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer

James went to Oregon State University to get a degree in computer science, and came out with degrees in computer science and mathematics. Having traversed the technical realm and some non-technical stops, James has found that his passions relate to solving problems and puzzles while helping improve the lives of others. Now, with his love of open source software, James is currently creating Android apps to enhance the lives of others.

James loves great stories, from anime, manga, novels, television shows to video games, board games, and Dungeons and Dragons. In addition to these, James loves attending conventions throughout the year.

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