Software engineers often get puzzled when choosing between Android or iOS development. Both the systems are not just different on the developmental level but also in terms of designing and marketing strategies.
Here we will discuss 5 main differences between iOS and Android development.
The primary programming language required to build Android based-apps is Java. Java requires a lot of code to be written. On the other hand, a new language was designed to develop the IOS-based apps called Swift. Swift is a much faster coding language as compared to Java. Swift appeared in 2014 for the first time and apps are built faster due to writing fewer codes. There’s an alternative to java language i.e. Kotlin coding language. It was designed as an enhancement to Java language. Now, Kotlin is considered to be the main language to develop Android based-apps, as it is easy to use and understand.
Originally engineers used the Eclipse tool to develop Google-backed apps. They started using it because of its excellent possibilities like same-packaging, cross-platform and mazing debugging.
To develop iOS-backed apps, the developers used XCode. It is incredibly productive to build apps for iPhone/iPad/Mac devices. It has the abilities to find it errors in syntax and logic and can even get the code fixed.
Android-based platform creation takes more time as compared to the OS fragmentation. The engineers take 30-40% more time to build an Android-based app in contrast with an iOS-based app.
There is no such difference between Apple and Android when it comes to pricing because both of them provide free tools and documentation. The difference is only when you have to upload your creation in the market. Like, for iOS you are required to pay $100 a year with a higher price for enterprise, but for Google-play store you are only required to pay $25 a year.
The acceptance process for iOS apps to be published on the App Store takes longer time than Android apps to get on Google Play Store. The reason is that the iOS apps require personal expert’s verification while the Android-based apps are checked with automated tests.
For this reason, the programmers need to be extra careful about the time and risk of rejection for iOS apps. However, Android apps have the risk of a lot of errors because of no actual screening.