iOS Vs. Android: Which Mobile App Should You Build First?

A revolution is taking place in the development of mobile apps right now. The number of apps available for download at an all-time high in major app stores. App developers are burying themselves in the workplace, creating the latest software applications for mobile devices and hoping that Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store will make enough money for their creations. The numbers are apparently more than encouraging.

 

Android vs iOS - Adigic DigitalAs of March 2017, the App Store had slightly less apps available at 1.8 million compared with Play Store’s 2.13 million apps. Also in Q1 2019, combined iOS and Android app downloads were up 15% year-over-year, reaching a total of about 25 billion new downloads globally.

With re-installs, these numbers could go much higher. In terms of in-app purchases, revenue likewise increased 45% year-over-year for a staggering $15 billion across the iOS and Android systems running worldwide.

In this article, we compare the difference between the development of Android and iOS apps in different categories to understand the basic changes and to determine a more appropriate OS platform for your business to build an app.

So let’s dive into the following:

Demographics Difference

To develop a well-performing app, you need to know your target audience. With regard to the development of the iOS and Android app, your user should have an impact on your choice.

Android currently has the largest share of the global platform, with a special emphasis on low-income areas and developing nations. Comparatively, users of iOS typically have higher incomes, higher levels of education, more commitment, and more spending per app. Obviously, that doesn’t mean those with the same features won’t carry an Android device. Rather, this data reflects the general population of Android.

For example, the iOS app development audience lives in Gulshan/Banani in Dhaka; they prefer business, lifestyle and e-commerce applications over other software types. In fact, users of iOS app spend 250 percent more on in-app purchases than users of Android do.

Monetization Model

Android and iOS revenue models are somewhat representative of Google and Apple’s approaches. Android has a higher percentage of ad-supported apps where it is still more common on iOS to pay for apps in comparison. There are a lot of data showing that iOS apps are earning more revenue, approximately more than 70 percent.

There are also more recent data showing that iOS users spend more than 3x per transaction on average than those on Android. The previous section also suggested that overall iOS users are more valuable.

Development Time

As a developer, you are naturally concerned about how long it takes for you to develop your app and put it on the App Store or the Play Store. Spending more time on the development of the app can cause a dent on your resources and your opportunity to generate business revenue.

Android-based platform creation in terms of fragmentation of the OS is more time-consuming and slow. In contrast to the app running iOS, it takes engineers 30-40% longer to build an Android-powered mobile app. And it’s even though the Java/Kotlin languages are not very complex.

Development Complexity

Long story short, the development of Android apps is far harder than creating iOS apps.

Think of many devices, each with their own screen size and aspect ratio. Programmers need to make it adjustable to all of them when creating an app. Also, don’t forget a lot of operating systems.

Meanwhile, iOS apps run on a limited number of devices (iPhone, iPod or iPad) as well as a few operating systems. Therefore, the development of apps for this platform is much easier.

Android gears have a wide variety of different screen sizes as well. When developing, this should be taken into account. The same is true of the systems operating on devices that should be considered during the creation of the mobile app.

As a result, the Android-based gear creation is more complex, going slower than the iOS-powered gears with a narrow range of OSs due to a wide range of operating systems.

Development Cost

First, you need to make a platform decision. Select the dev team and ask for a rough estimate to define how much it costs to make an app based on business requirements and needs.

Also, you should remember that the cost of developing apps depends on how long it takes to build it. The truth is that the longer the application needs, the higher it will cost.

Both the Play Store and the App Store are putting developers on a level playing field when it comes to generating revenue. But, the interplay of costs and revenue seems to favor iOS more.

This can be attributed to the willingness of iOS users to spend on purchases of apps. Thus, iOS appears to be the best choice over Android cost-and revenue-wise as development on the iOS platform is faster and less complicated.

It is known that Apple devices are of premium quality and work well with a wide variety of peripherals. These factors make the iOS platform effective in the development of mobile apps as it takes a shorter time to design, test and release your app.

Final Words

There are some aspects you should focus on when selecting a platform to build a mobile app.

To outline the difference between Android and iOS platforms, we reviewed the key aspects. The most important part is to analyze and keep in mind the components that distinguish these two platforms when thinking about the app for your business.

ADN Digital’s development team has a solid technical experience in creating efficient and successful applications released in app stores. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our company to find out more about the topic or to help turn your ideas into real mobile apps. Just call us at 01777-770506 or send an email at mazharul@adndigitalbd.com

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