Differences Between iOS And Android App Development
We all know that iOS and Android platforms and their apps differ in design, sophistication and technicalities. They may even look and feel the same or even perform the same tasks but a lot of underlying aspects change between the two.
So, here is a quick lowdown on the basic differences between an android and iOS app and their development:
Coding and Languages
Traditionally, Java has been used to code Android apps. On the other hand, iOS apps use Swift Programming Language, Objective-C, etc.
Apple was able to simplify coding with the help of Swift, Objective-C, etc. for the same app that would take a lot of coding in Java for the android platform.
These days, with community support in both cases, it hardly takes a week for a developer to learn the nitty-gritty of developing mobile apps across platforms.
Integrated Development Environments
By default, for mobile app development on both iOS and Android platforms, we will be using their respective IDEs as XCode and Android Studio. For Microsoft, we will be using Visual Studio. Google replaced the poor performing Eclipse Tool with Android Studio. We also have NetBeans, IntelliJ IDEA, Delphi, etc.
On the other hand, XCode has been a highly consistent development environment for Apple and iOS that embraces Apple’s most advanced coding language Swift.
Differences in Design Elements
Both iOS and Android compete to give their users the best user experience and both these platforms succeed in delivering them in their own ways.
Android apps always use a very practical, pragmatic and convenient design, while iOS apps are very minimalist, simple and succinct.
iOS apps follow a very uniform design in icons, pictograms, buttons and lines, while android uses a very material design, allowing each object its shape.
In iOS, you have strict design rules to comply with like thin lines on icons and uniform edges as on all other iOS apps. At the same time, you can be a bit freewheeling, when it comes to the design of Android apps.
Development and Distribution Costs
Well, almost all mobile app development is free of cost. You can just go ahead to develop your app downloading XCode and Android Studio for free but here is the catch:
You have to register as a developer paying $99 to publish and distribute your app through the App Store. Android charges $25 for the same.
However, you need a Mac to develop apps for the iOS, while you can do it with your Windows, Linux or any other OS for your Android apps.
There is still more to go that we will cover in the next installment of this article, as app development is all about quality, user experience, store acceptance, marketing, monetization, profitability, etc.