TL;DR — If you’re interested in building NativeScript apps with React, let Telerik know by voting up the feature request.
Sounds fair, TJ VanToll. And the decision to choose ng2 was a considered decision for sure. I’m sure Angular2 is great!
But I can’t help myself. I want what I want. And what I want is the ability to write NativeScript apps in React, and I don’t think I stand alone. I also think this is a win-win situation. Telerik’s NativeScript wins by exposing themselves to a 317,452(ish) react developers. And the react community wins because we get another seemingly amazing option when developing cross-platform mobile apps.
Together, we can help make this a reality. If you have the development chops (I don’t), you can of course write the plugin yourself. If you don’t, then you can join me to UPVOTE the feature request and hope it gets enough demand to motivate Telerik.
If you’re still confused by what I mean when I say 100% native API access, this video ought to set you straight, and it gives you a pretty good idea what can be done with NativeScript + Angular2 as well.