Here’s a fun fact for mobile developers: As of the past three months, Android is the best
place to angle for more app downloads.
According to the App Annie Market Index, Q2 2013 metrics show that Android beats iOS by
10 percent in number of applications downloaded.
However, Apple’s App Store still beat Google Play on one very important metric: the App
Store pulled in 2.3 times as much revenue as Google Play.
When it comes to internationalization, the U.S. and China make up around 40 percent of all
app downloads for iOS. Japan is gaining speed, but Russia is a newer contender for a
top-three spot in worldwide downloads. The country has climbed six spots in App
Annie’s country rankings year over year. Russia maintains a top-five rank for Google
Play, along with the U.S., India, South Korea, and Brazil.
―This growth put Russia in the unique position as the only other country besides the United
States in the top five countries by downloads for both the iOS App Store and Google
Play,‖ App Annie reps noted.
And interestingly, Japan is a leading country in revenue for both iOS and Google Play,
reflecting the country’s long-standing digital culture of pay-to-play on mobile devices.
Not surprisingly, the gaming category swept both the App Store and Google Play in number
of downloads and revenue generated.
Which is better for
Programming Language Used
The Android OS uses mainly Java, which is the common programming language used
by developers. Hence, developing Android gets that much easier for most
The iPhone OS uses Apple’s Objective-C language, which can mostly be unraveled by
app developers who are already familiar with C and C++. This being more exclusive,
may become a stumbling block for developers who are not too proficient in other
App Development Platform
Android offers developers an open development platforms and allows them the liberty to
usethird-party tools for app development. This helps them play around with many
features of their app, adding more functionality to them. This is vital to the success of
this platform, which comes with an impressive range of mobile devices.
Apple, on the other hand, is pretty restrictive with their developer guidelines. The
developer here is given a fixed set of tools to develop apps and cannot use anything
outside of those. This would eventually curb his creative skills to a large extent.
The Apple App Store takes 3-4 weeks for app approval. They are also finicky and place
many restrictions on the app developer. Of course, this factor has not deterred the
several hundreds of developers approaching the App Store every month. Though
Apple also offers an open API using which developers can host the app on their site,
this is not very effective, as the app cannot get even a fraction of that exposure
outside the App Store.
The Android Market, on the other hand, presents no such stiff resistance to the
developer. This makes it very convenient for the Android developer.
iOS developers can earn 70% of the revenue generated from the sales of their app in the
Apple App Store. But they have to pay an annual fee of $99 to gain access to the
Android developers, on the other hand, only need to pay a one-time registration fee of
$25 and can earn 70% of revenue of the sales of their app in the Android Market.
They can also feature the same app in other app marketplaces too, if they so wish.
In conclusion, both the Andriod OS and the Apple iOS have their own pluses and
minuses. Both are equally strong contenders and are bound to rule the app
marketplace with their own strengths and positives.
Throughout the years, iOS hasn't really undergone a major change. Since Steve Jobs
first unveiled iOS back in 2007, the interface and aesthetics has stayed relatively the
same. That all changed with iOS 7. The inception of the transformation iOS has
undergone started with the death of Steve Jobs. At the time, everyone went berserk
because no one knew what Apple would do without their driving force and co-founder.
Tim Cook took the reigns, but Wall Street and tech pundits were lukewarm on him. It
wasn't until Phil Schiller was essentially fired by Cook that people started to realize
that Apple, and their mobile technology, would be going through a major change. The
rebirth of iOS 7 is evident from the Welcome screen. iOS 7 starts with a plain white
screen that just says "Welcome to iOS 7." That's it. Quite contrary from the
skeumorphism — a design style favored by Schiller and Jobs — which essentially
models one's digital life to mirror reality. For instance, in iOS 6, the Calendar app
actually resembles a calendar. But, in Jony Ive's "flat" iOS 7, the Calendar app takes
a minimalist approach, ditching the leather and opting for a cleaner look. As an iOS
user from since before I can remember, the change is definitely welcomed.
Despite iOS 7's differences, Apple is definitely playing from behind
when it comes to the user interface. It seems like iOS 7 is just an
amalgamation of Android and Windows Mobile's extremely flat
operating system. Apple's new parallax effect makes it seem like the
icons are jumping out of the screen, but Android's Jelly Bean has
had that effect since it's inception. The thing is, Apple has a unique
ability to take the best features of other platforms and convince
users that they're "innovative" ideas. A flat operating system isn't
remotely innovative or groundbreaking — it's been around for awhile
— which is why Android wins this round.
Winner: Android! While iOS may look flashier and nicer, Apple's
essentially copying the best of Android and Windows Mobile.
Although Google does update Android frequently, some users may find that
they do not receive the updates on their phone, or even purchase phones
with out-of-date software. Phone manufacturers decide whether and when
to offer software upgrades. They may not offer an upgrade to the latest
version of Android for all the phones and tablets in their product line. Even
when an upgrade is offered, it is usually several months after the new
version of Android has been released.
This is one area where iOS users have an advantage. iOS upgrades are
generally available to all iOS devices. There could be exceptions for devices
older than three years, or for certain features like Siri, which was available
foriPhone 4S users but not for older versions of iPhone. Apple cites
hardware capability as the reason some older devices may not receive all
new features in an upgrade.
A wide variety of Android devices are available at many different price points, sizes
and hardware capabilities.
iOS is only available on Apple devices: the iPhone as a phone, the iPad as a tablet,
and the iPod Touch as an MP3player. These tend to be more expensive than
equivalent hardware using Android.
Android allows the user to send one of a number of self-composed texts as auto
replies when declining a call.
iOS’s phone app has many abilities, including the ability to reply to a phone call with a
canned text message instead of answering, or to set a callback reminder. It also has
a Do Not Disturb mode.
Android allows users to log onto GTalk for instant messages. iOS does not offer a
native way to chat to non-Apple users. Users can message over Apple users using
iMessage or use apps from Google for GTalk and Microsoft for Skype.
GTalk on Android can also be used for video chat, allowing users to chat over either
3G or Wi-Fi. iOS uses Facetime, which can place video calls over both 3G and WiFi.
However, it only allows users to communicate with other Apple devices.
iOS uses Siri, a voice-based virtual assistant, to understand and respond to both dictation as well as
spoken commands. Siri includes many features, such as reading sports scores and standings,
making reservations at restaurants and finding movie times at the local theater. You can also dictate
texts and emails, schedule calendar events, and interface with car audio and navigation.
Android offers a similar assistant, Google Now, which features the above abilities, plus can keep track
of your calendar and give verbal reminders when it is time to leave. It allows for voice search and
Apps like Google Maps, Waze and Bing are available for both iOS and Android. When Google
released its maps app for iOS in December 2012, the iOS version surpassed the version available for
Android in terms of features, design and ease of use. The Android version is not expected to stay
behind. Apple's own mapping app, which is bundled with every iOS device, was widely panned when
it was launched with iOS 6.
Android uses Google Chrome as its web-browser, while iOS uses Safari. Both Internet browsers are
similar in quality and abilities and Google Chrome is also available for iOS. Safari is not available for
Android uses Google Wallet, an app that allows for mobile payments. Some Android phones are
equipped with an NFC chip (near-field communication) that is used for making wireless payments
simply by tapping the phone at the checkout counter. This service integrates with Google Wallet but is
not available on all Android phones or wireless carriers.
iOS offers Passbook, an app that collects in one place tickets, reward cards, and credit/debit cards.
There are no mobile payment features in iOS.
• Android’s applications are isolated from the rest of the system’s
resources, unless a user specifically grants an application access to
other features. This makes the system less vulnerable to bugs, but
developer confusion means that many apps ask for unnecessary
permissions. The most widespread malware on Android is one
where text messages are sent to premium rate numbers without
the knowledge of the user, and the sending of personalinformation to
unauthorized third parties. As it is the more popular smartphone
operating system, it is more likely to be the focus of attacks.
• Malware writers are less likely to write apps for iOS, due to Apple's
review of all the apps and verification of the identity of app
publishers. However, if an iOS device is jailbroken and apps
installed from outside Apple's store, it can be vulnerable to attacks
Android is integrated with Facebook, allowing users to
update their statuses or upload pictures from many apps,
and to pull contact data from their Facebook friends.
iOS is also fully integrated with Facebook, allowing users
to update their status and upload images from various
apps, sync their contacts with Facebook, and have their
Facebook events automatically added to their iOS
Calendar. iOS now offers much deeper integration with
Facebook and Twitter because of how tightly it is weaved
into core apps on iOS.
Android vs. iOS
Developer: Google Apple
OS Family: Linus OS X, Unix
Widgets: Yes No
Initial Release: Sep 23, 2008 July 29, 2007
Programmed in: C,C++,Java C,C++,Objective C
Easy media transfer: Depends on model With desktop application
Open source Closed, with open
kernel, ui, and some
A lot. Can change almost
Limited unless jailbroken
Many phones and
tablets, including Kindle
LG, HTC, Samsung, and
iPod Touch, iPhone,
iPad, Apple TV (2nd and
Interface: Touch screen Touch screen
Call features supported:
Auto-respond Auto-respond, call-back
reminder, do not disturb
Messaging: Google Hangouts iMessage
Google Now (on newer
Maps: Google Maps Apple Maps
Google Chrome (or
Android Browser on
Video chat: Google Hangouts Facetime
Google Play – 800,000+
Apple app store –
75% of smartphones,
3.7% of tablets in North
America (as of Jan'13)
and 44.4% of tablets in
Japan (as of Jan'13). In
the United States in Q1
2013 - 52.3% phones,
14.9% of smartphones,
87% of tablets in North
America (as of Jan'13)
and 40.1% of tablets in
Japan (as of Jan'13)
32 Languages 34 Languages
Latest stable release:
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
(Febuary 11, 2013
6.1.4 (May 2, 2013)
So Who’s The
Google, LG, Samsung,
HTC, Sony, ASUS, and
Working state: Current Current
Company / developer: Google Apple Inc.
Android 5.0 Key Lime
iOS 7.0 (Most likely at