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iOS or Android – Which Platform is Better For Creating Your App?

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When you create a mobile app for your business, you will face more than one serious challenge. One of them is choosing the right platform. What to choose – iOS or Android? The final selection is not easy. But, with this guide we would like to help you make the right decision. Explore the features of each platform and decide on the one that is right for your business.

Although the goal of some entrepreneurs may be to develop applications for both platforms at the same time, such a solution may be risky and generate a lot of costs. The most common solution is to create an application on one system, and when its first version is developed work on the second platform begins.

Here comes the question of iOS or Android – which platform is better for creating your app first? There are some factors that you need to consider before making a decision.

iOS or Android, which is more popular?

The popularity of both operating systems is not as obvious as you might think. While there are significantly more Android users than iOS, the split doesn’t look that way in every region. The dominance of Android device owners is in North America, Central Europe, Africa and Asia. It can be noticed that they are most often used by developing and less affluent societies. In case of the platform with the bitten apple logo the greatest interest is visible in North America, Western Europe and Australia. The devices supported by iOS are most often purchased by citizens of wealthy countries.

According to statcounter.com, Android-powered devices accounted for 72.44% of the market share. In contrast, the iOS platform is available on only 26.75% of the world’s devices. The difference is impressive, but can be a bit deceiving. If we consider app

revenue (source businessofaps.com) we see that in 2020 iOS amassed $72.3 billion and Android only $38.6 billion. As you see, device owners from Apple are more likely to pay for apps.

Android vs iOS users – what makes them stand out?

The statistical Android user is in the age range of up to 34 years old. He or she is a person who has mostly graduated from high school and usually works in the tech industry. This user is not willing to overspend. The portrait of the iOS platform owner looks different. This is usually a young person, most often a woman, aged 18-24, who has a university education. The statistical iOS user works in professional and managerial jobs. Buying an app is not a problem for him or her.

iOS is faster and less expensive

The iOS advantage is visible in the case of development time and budget required. Equally important are the programming languages, which are different in both cases.

Android uses Java, while the dedicated iOS language is Swift. The mentioned difference is in the programming itself. Swift is a very developer-friendly language, making it less time-consuming and ultimately cheaper to work with. Additionally, iOS requires more software standardization. All this to make sure that every application created runs smoothly on all devices. The accumulated information makes it possible to reduce errors and the extra cost of getting rid of them.

Android is more accessible than iOS

The display of your app in the store depends on the review process. Although it takes longer and longer each year for individual applications to be accepted, a larger percentage of accepted applications are on the Android platform side. This is contingent on meeting the necessary company policy requirements. In practice, more display permissions are granted by Google Play which gives an advantage on the Android side. App Store is stricter in this respect and their selection process results in fewer apps being approved to appear in the collection. Android’s advantage can also be seen when it comes to developer fees. To start putting apps on Google Play, you have to pay an initial fee of $25, while the App Store requires an annual fee of $99.

The display of your app in the store depends on the review process. Although it takes longer and longer each year for individual applications to be accepted, a larger percentage of accepted applications are on the Android platform side. This is contingent on meeting the necessary company policy requirements.

In practice, more display permissions are granted by Google Play which gives an advantage on the Android side.App Store is stricter in this respect and their selection process results in fewer apps being approved to appear in the collection.

Choice of available features

In terms of available features, Android is better. The reason is that it is an open-source platform. This allows application developers to customize the available solutions according to customer needs. It is worth remembering that the mentioned openness also has its drawbacks. This operating system is less protected against pirate apps and malware than iOS, for which security issues are at a very high level.

If you want to know what the app development process looks like, we encourage you to visit the Shawarmer and Rally Case Studies on the Railwaymen website. These are some of the many projects carried out by the software house from Krakow.

iOS vs Android, which platform is more frequently updated by users?

Maintaining applications on any operating system is easier if their users update it regularly. You can see the disproportion in this case as well. Android device owners are less likely to refresh their system to a newer version. According to businessinsider.com, more than 50% of Android users have a software version older than 2 years. Thus, app development for this operating system should be more technically developed due to the visible habits of users.

The situation is a bit different for iOS users. In their case, updates are made more often. Perhaps the reason is the availability of the system. In the case of iOS we are talking

only about users of devices from Apple. Android users are a wide group of people, which includes supporters of many brands.

Popular apps that initially launched on a single platform

Uber

Before Uber became the most popular app for ordering transportation, it took its first steps on iOS. The tool was created in 2009 in San Francisco, so the decision to launch the first iOS version of the app was obvious. The majority of Americans use iPhones. The success of Uber in the state of California started the further development of the  idea and the implementation of the app on Android.

Clubhouse

Clubhouse is an app that peaked in popularity at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, a social networking platform that allowed people to make voice calls in special rooms. You could only become a user of the app after receiving a special invitation. Currently, Clubhouse can be found on iOS and Android, but at the beginning, only owners of Apple devices could use the app.

Opera Touch

Norwegian smartphone web browser Opera Touch was launched in 2018 on the Android platform.The developers have developed the app in such a way that it can be easily operated with one hand. Unfortunately, iOS users had to wait as long as 3 years for the browser to appear in the App Store. The name of the tool after rebranding was changed to Opera.

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher is an application designed exclusively for Android users. It allows you to personalize your home screen according to your needs. This allows the interface of the

smartphone to have multiple configurations. For many Android users, this application gives much more options compared to the system from Apple.

Summary

It’s hard to definitively say which iOS or Android platform is better for creating your own app. It all depends on our expectations. In the case of Android, the advantage may be the popularity of the operating system and the number of people using it worldwide. On the other hand, iOS guarantees greater security and allows you to reach customers from highly developed countries.

It is also worth determining the profile of the user, to whom our application is finally supposed to reach. This is a very useful tip, which will contribute to saving money and time on wrong decisions. Both platforms are able to offer a lot to developers. But, it is your idea for an app and being open to the users’ needs that will determine the final success. We hope that our guide will help you in making the right decision. We keep our fingers crossed for your success.

If you are looking for a company to help you create an app from scratch regardless of platform, then visit Railwaymen. Before starting cooperation you will receive a verification of your idea so that its implementation will be based on research and analysis.

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