In the fourth quarter of 2017, U.S. smartphone owners had an average of 100 different apps on their phones. But which one do you develop your killer app idea on? Whether you’re tech savvy or not, we can help determine which platform to build your app on.
You’ve got to weigh the pros and cons of each different platform. Then, you want to think about the specific purpose of your app or if there’s a need to develop for both platforms.
Below is a tech breakdown about both iOS and android development and which one is best for your and your app.
Android Development and User Breakdown
The first thing you need to know about Android development is that Android apps are typically made with Java. Java is a fairly standard programming language. If you have experience developing apps for desktop or laptop computers, it’s likely that you have worked with Java before.
Android development also has a specific developer environment. This platform used to be Eclipse, but the latest version is known as Android Studio. Among most developers, Android Studio is considered an ideal platform on which to create apps.
Finally, the most important thing to think about when it comes to Android development is your target audience.
While Android devices may have a larger share of the overall smartphone market, the population is more spread out. Globally, Android holds a much larger share of the smartphone market, with 85.2% in 2016 compared to iOS’ 13.8%
Domestically, Android still has an advantage, but its lead is much closer – 54.3% to 44.3% as of March 2018.
iOS Development and User Breakdown
iOS uses a programming language known as Swift, which was released in 2014. As Swift is a newer language than Java, many programmers feel it is easier to work with than Android development tools.
The development platform used for iOS is called XCode. XCode has a specific build stage and can be a bit clunkier than Android Studio. This means it’s typically considered less developer-friendly than Android.
As is the case for Android developers, you have to consider the iOS target market when developing your app. This is especially important for coming up with an app store marketing plan. iOS users tend to be much more loyal than Android users.
They also typically have a higher level of education and income levels. However, this data is slightly skewed, since a higher relative percentage of the population in the United States own iOS devices than the global rate.
Fortunately for you – when you partner with someone like BrainyApps, we’ll work with you to decide which platform or platforms is best for you and your app.
Our app specialist, app architect, and development team will help guide you through our easy, proven 3-step process to develop your amazing app idea.
If you want more information about iOS or Android development, to check out other valuable app articles, or read about some of our other client’s apps – check out our blog for additional information and insights.
Also, feel free to contact us to discuss your amazing app idea today!