Benefits of iOS vs. Android App Development: A 2018 report

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When we talk about the app development, the name of two giants strikes our mind, Google and Apple. We have two options to select a platform for app development: Android and iOS. In this article, we will compare these two appp development platforms and will learn which one of them is more suitable for your app development project.

Development

iOS App Development

App development on iOS requires the use of XCode IDE along with the iOS SDK. The benefit of using Xcode to develop iOS apps is its multiple language support. But, besides its multiple programming language support, most of the new iOS developers choose Swift as their programming language. Swift is a programming language created by Apple for iOS and OSX. It is based on Objective C language and less prone to errors. Developers who are familiar with different programming languages like Objective C, JavaScript, Python, etc. can go for XCode.

The best part of the Swift programming language is it is open source; hence you can use it on other platforms as well. The second part of Swift is Cocoa Touch. Swift works with Cocoa Touch which is an API used for building iOS UI elements. This means to develop iOS apps on Swift, you must have the knowledge of the Cocoa Touch framework.

Talking about the XCode, it runs only on Mac. If you prefer Xcode to develop iOS apps, you need to buy a Mac. This increases the investment amount.

Android App Development

Most of the Android app developers prefer Android Studio to develop Android applications. Android Studio is an official IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Android platform developed by Google Inc. The Android Studio requires the knowledge of JAVA. JAVA is the most commonly used language by developers. Android Studio has fewer bugs and provides more stable performance.

Both XCode and Android Studio have their own advantages and disadvantages. Swift is an open source programming language that can be used on various operating systems. On the other hand, the Android Studio can also be used on Mac.

Who is the winner? — None.

Demographics

Geographical Distribution

In the year 2017, there were more than 85% of the users who prefer Android to iOS. Today Android is dominating the market with the maximum share as compared to that of the Apple. If we look at the geographical distribution, Android enjoys more market shares in the developing countries such as Asia and Africa. While on the other hand, Apple has more market shares in developed countries like the US, Australia, Europe, etc. The reasons behind more market shares of Android may be many, such as:

  • Android has a greater number of device variants in the market which include Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc.
  • The Android smartphones fall under the users’ budget.
  • The Cost Per Installation in the Android is much less as compared to that of the iOS.

App Downloads

Today there are more than 3.6 millions of apps available on the Google Play Store. While on the other hand, the App Store constitutes only approximately 2.2 millions of apps. If we compare the number of apps downloaded from both the stores, doubtless the data is in the favour of the Android operating system.

So who is the winner — In the terms of market share, Android wins the race.

Fragmentation

When it comes to fragmentation, developing the iOS apps is much easier than that of the Android one. Android has a number of OS versions. This means that developers have to make the app run on the maximum number of OS versions. Hence, the development process on the Android OS takes more time. While, for an iOS app developer, this is not the case. Also, the increase in time increases the development cost of the app.

Publishing Rules

App Store vs Google Play Store

Talking about the publishing of apps on Android vs iOS, Android remains on the top position from the developers’ points of view. The Google Play Store takes comparatively less time to publish an app than Apple. Moreover, publishing an app on the Google Play Store is a one-time investment, while this is not the case with Apple.

The same situation arrives when you upgrade your app and upload the updated version on the Play Store and App Store for approval. Google Play Store takes less time to approve the updated version of the app. While on the other hand, it takes more time to upload an updated version of the app on App Store.

The winner in this case: Android.

Profits

Though the Google Play Store is the winner in the terms of the total number of apps uploaded and apps downloaded, App Store is more profitable for the developers. According to a report, a large number of Apple users are happier to spend more on the app purchases.

Let’s have a look at the revenue report of 2017:

As per the report of Sensor Tower 2017, the revenue generated by the App Store was approximately double than that of generated on the Google Play Store. If we look at the figures, the revenue generated on the App Store was $38.5 billion while on the Play Store, it was around $20.1 billion.

Winner: iOS

A bird’s eye view in pros and cons

Pros of Android App Development

  • Holds the biggest market share
  • Takes less time to publish apps
  • Investment cost is low
  • Wider demographics
  • Needs fewer requirements for development

Cons of Android App Development

  • Fragmentation issue
  • Low revenue is generated

Pros of iOS App Development

  • Higher app revenue
  • Easy to program as compared to Android apps
  • Better developer tools
  • Low fragmentation

Cons of iOS App Development

  • Small market share
  • Lengthy app publishing process

Conclusion

Both of the platforms have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, if we talk about the investment, low budget developers can also publish their apps on Play Store. On the other hand, if we talk about the app revenue, App Store wins the race. In short, you have to decide yourself which platform you want to select for app development after analyzing your budget plans. Besides this, there are also some other factors on which the choice of a platform depends.

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