Android vs iOS app development: pros and cons 

Developing Android apps

To create Android apps, developers use Java, C++, and Kotlin programming languages. Furthermore, Android developers use the following advanced Google development tools:

  • Android Jetpack , a set of pre-build Android components
  • FireBase is known as a comprehensive mobile app development platform
  • Android SDK development kit, connected with Android Studio, an integrated development environment

Now, let’s compare Android app advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of developing Android apps

  • Open system. Android developers receive access to more features,  restricted in iOS apps.
  • Developers use extensive Google design guidelines for developing an intuitive user interface.
  • Fragmentation. On the one hand, we may consider fragmentation as a disadvantage, but you can develop apps for a broader range of devices, including wearables, TVs, in-car systems, and more.
  • Release. In comparison to iOS, Android apps are easier to publish to Google Play.  The whole process may take just a few hours.

Disadvantages of Android app development

  • Fragmentation. As we said, fragmentation may also be an Android drawback. Nowadays, Android devices come in different screen sizes, resolutions, etc. The development team might need more time to adjust the app’s features for particular devices.
  • Testing. Android versions and devices might vary. Thus, it might take more time for QA specialists to test your app.
  • Costly. The more time the development and testing stage takes, the higher will be the Android app price. Still, it depends on the app’s features and complexity.

Developing iOS apps

While Android has an open-source code, iOS has closed source code. This means that iOS works on Apple devices only. The development team might use Swift or Objective-C.  Also, iOS developing tools include:

  • ios SDK or Software Development Kit, is integrated with the Cocoa Touch UI framework. The framework provides graphical elements, user interface controls, and others.
  • XCode is  the official integrated development environment (IDE) for iOS app development.
  • Swift Playgrounds is a development environment for Swift.
  • TestFlight is an online service for over-the-air installation and testing. This online service allows to test your apps and collect valuable feedback before the app release.

Advantages of iOS mobile app development

  • Revenue. As you may already know, Apple users spend more money on app purchases compared to Android users. 
  • The number of devices. As we said, iOS powers Apple devices only. Because of this, your app should fit the limited number of screens and devices.
  • UI design. Apple provides developers with a detailed style guide for the app UI.  The team needs less time, making it more affordable in the app design stage. 

Disadvantages of iOS mobile app development

  • App release. Keep in mind that the App Store has quite strict review guidelines. This means that the App Store may reject your app due to security issues, a lack of valuable content, or poor performance. Besides, the developer should submit your app for real-life testing, which usually takes a few days.
  • Flexibility. iOS apps are usually hard to customize because the platform has many restrictions. 

Now, it’s time to compare both platforms.

iOS vs. Android Development Comparison

To answer the question of “which platform will suit your business idea the best?”, check the Android vs iOS app development comparison below.

iPhone Users

Android Users

37% more likely to have a graduate degree

80% more likely to have only a high school diploma

29% more likely to be older women (35+)

More likely to be younger men (34 and younger)

14% more likely to be extroverted

12% more likely to be introverted

67% more likely to make over $200K and enjoy spending it

24% more likely to earn $100K or less

More likely to be in Media/Marketing/Business

More likely to be in IT/Energy/Utilities

39% more likely to be high-maintenance

12% more likely to be pet lovers

50% more likely to have visited more than 5 countries

71% more likely to have never traveled abroad

 

 

Android vs iOS Development: Comparison table

To see the differences between iOS development vs Android development, check the table below:

Key aspects

iOS-based platform

Android-based platform

Development language

Swift

Java, Kotlin

Integrated development environment

Xcode

Android Studio

The target audience

More valuable

Less valuable

Design philosophy

Flexible

Specified requirement

Development complexity

Middle

High

Development time

Depends on complexity

Depends on complexity

App Store Acceptance/

Deployment speed

Long app review

(7 days on average)

 

 Short app reviews process