Choosing between the two major app platforms can be a challenge, especially if you’re a new app developer with a great idea but little expertise.
Surprisingly both the Google Play store and Apple App store generate billions of dollars in sales each year — even if the apps are free to download. So what’s the big deal?
In truth, that’s about where the similarities between the two end. Developing for both platforms is a different beast entirely, and you’ll need to carefully consider your development options before you commit to a platform.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about developing Android apps vs. iOS apps.
Coding Your App
Perhaps the biggest difference between iOS and Android development is the programming languages each platform uses.
Apple’s choice language is called Swift. A lot of people like to tease the App Store about how difficult and restrictive it can be, but Swift is actually easier to use than any of Android’s languages.
Make no mistake, this was by design. Apple’s intent is to make Swift as welcoming and accessible as possible, even if you’ve never made an app before.
It’s a free download that includes a robust tutorial system that encourages new developers to give app creation a shot.
Android: Java, C, C#, C++, BASIC, Python, Kotlin
As you can see, you have more freedom when it comes to developing for Android. That’s not necessarily a good thing, though.
Unless you have the time and resources needed to learn any (or preferably all of) these languages, development will prove to be a challenge.
For starters, begin with a few Java, Python, and BASIC tutorials.
Don’t worry if coding isn’t your cup of tea, we can help with those services.
Choosing Your Audience
Market share is also an important consideration you’ll need to make. This will depend on how wide of a release your app will receive.
However, this doesn’t mean you’ll want to forego Android development.
The Android operating system is in thousands upon thousands of devices, from watches to televisions to tablets and more.
Even if Apple has the market’s favor, most consumers likely own at least one Android-powered device, giving it a massive user base.
Difference Between Apple And Android Approval Process
You’ve probably heard horror stories about how much of a challenge Apple is to develop for. They’re notorious for rejecting apps, even if developers have followed Apple’s guidelines.
In contrast, you’ve likely heard concerning things about how unregulated the Google Play store is.
Both are true…to a certain extent.
Apple does love to draw out the approval process, making developers sweat even the smallest of details. But if your app gets rejected, the Apple team will often send you a detailed list of changes you can make for approval.
Google, on the other hand, is a lot more relaxed about their standards. This means that you can get an app up in days if you had the time, money, and resources to do so.
That said, it doesn’t mean you’ll get any eyes on your app, as a simpler approval process means a lot of apps get accepted each day.
However, that caveat does mean you could release more apps, and thus, make more money.
Regardless of your platform of choice, make sure you have a good marketing and app store optimization plan in place.
Both storefronts move at a rapid-fire pace, so having a great plan in place will help you stay ahead of your competition.
Android Apps vs. iOS Apps: A Few Final Words
Fans of both Apple and Android love to debate the pros and cons of Android apps vs. iOS apps, but at the end of the day, the biggest difference between the two comes down to code.
Both are well worth investing in as app sales will continue to climb in the coming years.
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