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How Do You Choose Between Android vs iOS?


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When it comes to developing an app, how do you choose between Android vs iOS? It’s a common question clients ask us when they approach for developing an app. The fact is that both platforms have their fair share of pros and cons and being aware of these makes it easier to decide which one is better suited to your requirements. The key differences between iOS vs Android to help you get a clear idea about which one to choose.

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How Do You Choose Between Android vs iOS?

  1. 1. Android vs iOS? The key differences between iOS vs Android to help you get a clear idea about which one to choose for your app development.
  2. 2. 1. iOS vs Android – Market Data
  3. 3. a. Market share of units sold • In terms of market share, Android has been the leading platform worldwide since 2016. In 2018, 217.72 million iOS smart phones were sold by Apple. In comparison, as per Gartner statistics, Android sold 1.3 billion units in 2017.
  4. 4. b. Market share of apps • Google Play Store had 2.6 million apps available for download as per Statista figures of December 2018, whereas the Apple App Store held the second position with around 2 million apps.
  5. 5. c. App Downloads • In 2018, as per App Annie the total number of downloads on the iOS and Google Play stores were 28.4 billion. Google Play downloads accounted for over 20 billion downloads during this period.
  6. 6. d. Average App Revenues • When it comes to app revenue, the difference between Android and iOS is the larger reach of the former versus the more lucrative earnings from the latter. In 2017, Apple’s iOS apps generated $40 billion, whereas Android apps earned $21 billion through Google Play Store and $20 billion from third party stores (source 9to5Mac).
  7. 7. 2. iOS vs Android App Development – Technical aspects
  8. 8. a. Development complexity • App development for iOS is less complex compared to Android, mainly because Apple has a fewer number of devices – iPhone, iPad and iPod. One of the main issues with Android app development is that of fragmentation as there are many types of devices, smartphones and tablets, besides differences in screen sizes, aspect ratios and operating systems.
  9. 9. b. Development Time • The complexity involved in Android app development makes the process more time-consuming than that of an iOS app. On an average, Android app development is 30-40 per cent slower than iOS.
  10. 10. c. Development Cost • The difference in cost is not easy to estimate since one needs to consider not only the time that is taken to develop the app but also the hardware used for the process. While Android apps might have a higher cost due to the longer development time, the Android Studio application that is used for app development can be installed on a standard PC.
  11. 11. d. Programming languages used • Both platforms require completely different skill sets in terms of the programming languages used. iOS apps require Objective C or Swift for Native development, whereas Android uses Java and Kotlin. For companies looking at developing for both platforms, this means incurring additional costs towards hiring specialists in these languages.
  12. 12. e. Publishing process • Although iOS apps are quicker to design, Apple has a lengthy and strict approval process before an app can be published to the store. Android apps can be uploaded relatively easily on the Google Play Store by paying a one-time fee of $25.
  13. 13. 3. Android vs iOS – Frequently Asked Questions
  14. 14. a. Which operating system is superior – iOS or Android? • Both operating systems come with their pros and cons. While Android is easy to customize because it works on Open Source, it comes with the risk of low security and privacy and security controls. iOS development is less prone to the risk of malware and has tighter privacy and security controls. However, customization is limited on the iOS platform.
  15. 15. b. Is it easier to develop an app for iOS or Android? • In terms of development time, iOS apps take less time as it’s easier to develop code for them using Swift, Apple’s official programming language. Android apps need code to be written using Java, which is more time consuming. • However, an often-overlooked factor in the development process is publishing the app on the store. Apple’s strict controls mean that a longer time is spent waiting for the app to be approved, whereas Android apps can be uploaded quite easily on Google Play Store after a one-time payment.
  16. 16. c. Which is cheaper – iOS or Android app development? • The app development cost depends on several factors, including the time, resources and hardware used in the process. While iOS apps take less time to develop, they require a significant investment in hardware as the development and testing can be done only on the Mac, iPhone or iPad, which are more expensive than the regular PC as well as the more affordable range of Android phones.
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