When we discuss the mobile app development, the first thing which fed up in our mind is their development platform. Here, platform refers to the operating system on which that application is running such that iPhone users have iOS and Android is available for smartphones like Samsung, Moto etc. Android and iOS are parallelly touching the soul of their consumers with incredible features and advanced technology. In this article, I’m discussing the key features and comparison between both the operating system.
Let’s analyse the market structure.
A total number of iOS compatible devices are only twenty in comparison to thousands of Android compatible devices. IDC predicts that the total quantity of smartphones distributed in the market is around 1.49 billion unit. A various number of development tools available in the market present easy ways to develop an Android application which is why the total number of Android users in the market is more than iOS.
Talking about the revenue, app development covers 69.7 billion USD in the year 2015, while this figure rises to 88.3 billion USD in the year 2016.
These figures describe the overall mobile app market well. The overall prediction for 2015 to 2020 is projected around the $188.9 billion. iOS app developers earned 26.5 billion USD in the year 2017.
What do developers say?
We have already discussed that Android dominates the app market in comparison to iOS. The main reason behind Android OS popularity among developers is its open-source nature and multiple functional libraries. This is why developers typically face any hurdles in app development. Android offers freedom for app customisation with its various available plugins.
While looking into security, Android has marked its presence with powerful features to protect your devices. With the OEM hardware abstraction layer, it can notify the bootloader with device locked or unlocked activity in theft or lost scenarios.
In an iOS system, almost everything is closed. Everything is limited, from development to deployment. Apple provides its own hardware APIs or software platform for app development. Their platform is very fast and well maintained. About display fragmentation, only three iOS compatible versions are capable enough to cover whole designing phase.
What’s new in Android and iOS?
It’s been almost a month that Google uncovers the Android Pie beta version in front of the whole world. Android P is coming with new gesture govern interface, reduced battery drain with optimisations and a dashboard to provide the details about the time you spend on your smartphone.
In this version, the primary concern of Google relies on core tenants of Android that is intelligence, digital well beingness and simplicity. Here you can swipe from the bottom of the display to access recent applications. The App Actions feature presented in this version predict for the next action you are about to take on your device.
iPhone’s latest operating system that is iOS 12 was released on June 4 at Worldwide Developers Conference. In this version, iOS come up with doubled performance making iPad, iPhone and other compatible devices faster and more responsive. It is compatible with all the iOS 11 compatible devices. Here the apps will open faster, the keyboard comes faster, and it quickly starts the camera. It has optimised system load to make its performance faster. A newly customisable animoji named as Memoji is introduced in this version. It also supports Facetime for the group making calling up to 32 people.
There are multiple Android development platforms are available in the market like Android Studio, Netbeans, Eclipse etc. Mostly, all the feature including prototyping, testing etc., are included in them. Many languages such as Java, Lua, Python, Kotlin, JS are leveraging its development. If you want to cover basic to advanced phases of android development, you can mark your presence in Android App Development Course accessible over the internet.
For developing iOS apps, Xcode is available with its incredible services like a catalog, objects library, transitions, storyboard etc. You can directly test developed application on your iPhone. The main languages supported by iOS are Objective C, Swift, C and C++.