There are 3 common approaches to animation in React Native:

    • Animated - a built-in API for animating component styles
    • LayoutAnimation - a built-in API for animating between 2 component hierarchies (think "magic move"), although still considered experimental
    • react-native-reanimated - "worklets" that run in a second JS context on the UI thread

    Most animations will use Animated.

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