The Android vs iOS is the evergreen and hottest topic in the app development sector and experts widely discuss on this topic. From past several years, there’s a continuous battle for supremacy between these two mobile operating systems developed by the tech giants Apple and Google. According to the recently conducted market survey, there are approx 65% Android users in the smartphone sector and 35% iOS users. This completely states that Android has taken the lead as the mobile platform of choice.
Although Google’s Android has taken the lead, Apple’s iOS still rules the roost especially in terms of quality and feature-rich Mobile App Development services. Everyone- from the developers to the end customers are confused between the Android & iOS. The end result is, if you have deep pockets then choose iOS and if you are looking for open-source & low development costs then opt for Android.
Here’s the breakdown of the good, the bad and the ugly of iOS vs Android debate.
The iOS apps are based on the Objective-C. It is a variant of C and those who are familiar with C and C++ will find themselves at home while creating apps for iOS. Whereas Android uses Java and if you are planning to start from the scratch then this becomes a lot more straightforward to use and definitely it is easier to learn than Objective-C. Moreover, Apple also introduced Swift which is the replacement of Objective-C.
2. Time and cost
These are the two major considerations while building any mobile app. Both these are interlinked, more hours you log in, the more costly will be the development process. Developers have a primary aim to be as efficient as possible with their time. And it’s a widely known fact that it takes a longer time to build an iOS app compared to the Android one. In other words, Apple app might cost you more and Android app will be affordable.
3. Developing tools
Nowadays, most of the developers use IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) to construct architecture for their apps. Android developers use the Android Studio and Apple app makers usually rely on the Xcode. Well, Android is completely free after you pay a one time fee of 25$ to publish apps on the Google Play. On the other hand, Xcode is free to download and use, but it’s mandatory to join the Apple’s Developer Program to publish on App Store. The fees for this program are $99.
4. Support tools
Both platforms offer tonnes of resources, things such as tutorials, walkthroughs, sample apps and code that assist in illustrating the use of APIs. In Android, there’s a complete pre-built set up of SDK which can be used offline as well. Moreover, Android’s open-source nature offers a more in-depth examination of the framework. Along with that Android also provides reference points for the development process. All these things are not possible in Apple’s iOS.
In the end, it’s the choice that revolves around your ambitions of the mobile app which you wish to develop. Make sure you assess your target audience and budget before choosing the mobile app platform.