Today, mobile developers have lot of opportunities to develop different types of applications for copious operating systems, whether they are hybrid or native or iOS or Android. But from past few years question of “which platform to build an app for first” has been a prevalent one. To build a quality app that works on just one device is quite challenging. For instance, trying to build an app for iPhone while simultaneously building for every Android device, adds an additional layer of complexity. If your company don’t have a product out in the market yet, and if you are still in the stage of learning or tweaking the features and design, then that will create your app’s experience. You won’t end up having big changes across multiple devices, as it might prove costly. Let’s have a quick look on which platform to choose first while building an app:
- Demographics (Android vs iOS)
At present, with a particular eminence in lower income areas and developing nations, Android has the major global platform share. iOS is also not behind when compared to Android, as iOS users typically have higher income and education levels, more engagement, and spend more per app. This does not mean that those having same characteristics won’t carry an Android device.
- Release Cycles (Android vs iOS)
Android being an open source is inopportunely locked down by carriers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), thus regularly lags behind iOS in terms of adoption rate of its latest OS version. Today, most of the users on iOS are on the latest version of iOS when compared to Android. This clearly shows that on iOS, you can focus on supporting the newest versions of the operating system with relative certainty; your app will still have a broader reach. With this focus developers can build against newer APIs, stop supporting older devices, and this usually, reduces testing and development cycle times.
- Revenue Models (Android vs iOS)
The revenue models behind both Android and iOS are somewhat evocative of the approaches of Google and Apple. Android has a higher percentage of ad-supported apps where comparatively, paying for apps is still more common on iOS. It’s prominent that iOS apps earn more revenue if we do a survey or make a data.
- Enterprise Apps (Android vs iOS)
Over time, we have seen that iOS has been able to penetrate the workplace, as a top option for enterprise-wide deployment. Along with other barriers for enterprise adoption, the more locked-down iOS compared to “open” Android has helped push iOS to be known as the more secure option. MDM (Mobile Device Management) providers have more sophisticated tools for managing iOS devices and apps. Apple also has had a number of programs for some time, which are focused on businesses, including the iOS Developer Enterprise Program and its Volume Purchase Program.
- Publishing Apps (Android vs iOS)
Android’s process is much quicker when it comes to publishing an app, but it is less secure. For Android, there is no review process or wait time for an approval. Apple, though, has a review process which helps eliminate malware. An Android app can be published and download from the app store in a matter of minutes. But an iOS app takes roughly a day to package it together for sending to Apple, and then 1-2 weeks for approval.
When to think of building an Android App first?
For first-time entrepreneur, Android offers several key advantages. For instance, the Android platform is based on open source software, makes the barrier-to-entry for cash-strapped developers quite low. This also allows you to use crowd-created plugins and frameworks that make creation much simpler. Because of Android’s open source licensing, it has acquired a global user base. The main markets for Kindle stores, the Google Play and Android apps, also have certain restrictions on the sorts of apps you submit to them. This allows you to take benefits of new technologies while building your app.
When to think of building an iOS App first?
When we compare iOS and Android development, it’s indeed true that the iOS market has some significant advantages. Choosing a platform depends on the demand of the consumers. iOS is the best choice for your first platform if your business model relies on in-app purchases. iOS apps generate much revenue per user than Android apps. Also, stability is what makes iOS, a winner over Android.
Mobile applications are rapidly becoming the primary means through which companies engage their customers, partners, and employees. Additionally, the companies also look for the best platforms to build their own apps for their customers. We at Tricon use both Android and iOS platforms to build or develop native apps.