You’re at the place where you’re ready to start designing and developing your app. The big question that comes up is where do you start?
Do you start developing for Android users or iOS users?
Both have huge market potential, each with millions of users around the world.
Keep reading to find out more about the debate between Android vs iOS app development and find out which environment is the right starting point for you.
Android vs iOS: A Look at the Numbers
A lot of developers will look at Android vs iOS and think that they need to be on Android devices first because there are so many users out there.
Looking at global users, Android devices have about 75% market share, while iOS devices have about a 22% market share.
If you base your decision solely on those numbers, you could be setting your app up to fail.
The big difference between Android and iOS platforms is how they are run.
Android is an open-source system, which means that it’s free and open to anyone.
This makes it easy to create an app and have it available on Google Play.
It’s also a slightly less secure environment because people have free reign to do what they want.
That can lead to apps with malware becoming available on Google Play.
Apple has a closed environment, meaning that they scrupulously review and approve every app that appears in the App Store.
Who is Going to Use Your App?
The deciding factor in which platform you should build for first is understanding who is going to use your app.
Android users and Apple users tend to be very different.
For example, iOS users tend to be more affluent and younger than Android users.
Android users are also spread all over the world (global audience), while iOS users are predominately found in the United States and other English speaking countries.
How Will You Make Money?
That’s because it’s a free platform and users almost expect apps to be free.
On the other hand, if you’re going to monetize by asking people to pay before downloading or have in-app purchases, you should consider developing your app for the iOS environment.
Start Building Your Mobile App
When you have a brilliant app idea, you want to build it as soon as you possibly can.
You want to get it to market so you can start to get real user feedback, optimize, build your audience and user base, and monetize.
As much as you want to build on both iOS and Android platforms, it’s not always feasible to up front because of budget reasons and other developmental factors.
You’ll ultimately have to decide which to develop for first: Android vs iOS.
It’s not always an easy answer, but typically app inventors and appreneurs like yourself tend to scratch their own it (aka develop their app on the platform they use and are familiar with).
However, let’s not forget who you’re targeting with your app, which will also help guide your decision.
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