This goes without saying that our phones have become an integral part of our lives and we’re now more mobile than ever.
And there are high chances that your mobile runs on either of the two leading operating systems i.e. Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS.
The bittersweet spar between these two popular mobile operating systems has been dragging for so long that all the alternatives are pretty much dead and buried. Loyalty to these two tech giants can be compared to that of a political party or cricket.
Therefore, the mobile app developers have to take a tough call when choosing between Android and iOS. So how do you choose between Android and iOS?
According to Statista, ‘Android maintained its position as the leading mobile operating system worldwide in June 2021, controlling the mobile OS market with a close to 73 percent share. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS jointly possess over 99 percent of the global market share.’
Of course, no company would like to miss the audience from either platform and would wish to develop for both platforms simultaneously, but not everyone has a budget for that.
So which platform should you choose for your app development? In this post, we outline the key differences between Android and iOS to help you get a clear idea about which one to go for.
It’s a common dilemma for a developer to choose one over the other or decide which platform to go to first. As a result, it is important for the developers to be armed with some basic facts about the differences between Android and iOS when making these decisions.
Since Apple has a limited number of devices – iPhone, iPad, and iPod – it’s faster, easier, and cheaper to develop for iOS. The key reason why iOS is easier to develop is the code.
With Android app development, there are many types of devices including smartphones and tablets with hundreds of screen sizes, aspect ratios and different functionality. The apps are usually written in Java; A language that requires writing more code than Swift (Apple’s official programming language).
Also, Android is an open-source platform. This means there are more devices, components, and software fragmentation to take into account for. Whereas, Apple’s closed ecosystem guarantees that you’re developing only for a few standardized devices and OSs.
As aforementioned, iOS app development is relatively faster than Android. The complexity involved in Android development makes the process 30-40% slower than that of iOS.
The difference in cost is not fixed since there are multiple factors to consider (time, features, functionality, hardware, etc.) when developing the app. Android apps do cost much due to the longer development time.
Also, iOS apps are developed using Xcode which works only on the Mac. Henceforth, buying a Mac along with an iPhone or iPad can add to the development cost significantly.
Android uses Java or Kotlin whereas iOS requires Swift or Objective-C for Native development. For entrepreneurs or businesses hoping to develop for both platforms, it only means incurring additional costs.
Though iOS apps are quick to design and develop, Apple is incredibly strict when it comes to app submissions, rules and timelines. The approval process is quite lengthy and stringent for an app to be published to the Apple store.
On the other hand, Android apps can be uploaded relatively easily on the Google Play Store. The publisher only needs to pay a one-time fee of $25.
Also, updates and modifications take longer on the app store since every change needs to go through the entire approval process. In the case of Android, once the app is published, one can perform beta testing or update the app as per convenience.
Android allows the installation of third-party apps which can further harm data and escalate the chances of malware. Apple OS follows a strict policy, hence lowers the chances of malware.
Both Android and iOS are growing at an unprecedented rate. Here are some of the pointers to ponder upon when choosing one platform over the other –
|Reaches a wider audience||Generates a higher revenue per user|
|Doesn’t require any additional investment in hardware||Receives high in-app engagement and loyalty|
|Is quick and has a smaller wait time to get to the app store||Has a less complex development process|
|Is easy to customize||Focuses on and prioritize security and privacy of user data|
|Builds an app with a better user experience|
|Reduces the risk of malware|
We hope this data will give you a headstart for your next record-breaking app. Don’t forget to do thorough research on engagement rates, in-app behavior, and user actions.
Rest, there is no definite response to which one is better between Android and iOS. Choosing the right platform sums to a variety of factors such as the scope, budget, and time to market.
Appventurez is a top-rated web and app development company that has built hundreds of apps for both iOS and Android. Our specialists and tech consultants can help you make the right decision after evaluating the project objectives and the scope along with other necessary details.
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