From the 0.9 preview SDK to the latest version of Android 4.0, Android
marked a journey of rapid development manifesting its talent in the
global market. Casting off some of the leading mobile business
organizations, Android mobile application development acquired the second
largest market share globally. A lot changed since 2007; however, one
thing that hasn't is the rapid pace at which new tools, resources and
information are becoming available to developers.
So far, Android has been supportive. It launched its first set of classes
to demonstrate best practices behind building great apps. Moreover,
experts are constantly working towards helping developers through its
latest Android design site. The site includes comprehensive information
and the list of do's and don'ts while creating an app for Android and
multiple platforms. Along with constant instructions to developers about
its new features, the site also makes sure that Android developers from
the world over should connect and post tips to solidify the platform's
base. Google Hangout is now available for Android community to help them
all interact closely.
If you ask developers which platform is better, the iPhone or Android,
developers reply saying "it depends". Although Android has a major demand
and half the market share, the preferable platform for application
development depends on three major factors: Ease of development,
application approval and revenue generation.
Apple or Android Application Development: Ease of Development
Android is a Java-dependent platform that allows people with Java
background develop with ease. However, iPhone adopts the much older
Objective C language, which is comfortable and easy to apply even in the
most complex scenarios. Remember, Java collects the garbage for you, but
in case of iPhone, you have to clean it manually.
According to the CEO of DoApp, a third-party developer of branded mobile
apps, Android causes fragmentation. According to him, different phone
makers style the UI in a different way; therefore, creating an Android
app compatible with all its versions and backward compatibility is
possible, but time consuming. On the contrary, iPhone provides hardware
While iPhone takes a long time to approve the application, Android's
procedure is rather simple and quick. iPhone has an arbitrary strategy
for approval or disapproval of the app and abruptly takes it off from the
market with no intimation or appropriate reasoning. In case of Android,
everything is acceptable by default due to its open market nature.
However, Android reserves the right to pull.
Getting the Sale
Apple or iPhone market remains effective. Once an app enters the iPhone
market, it app monetizes rapidly. The Apple store is well-managed and
acts as a game-changer for many. When surveyed for Android marketplace,
about 82 percent people said that the marketplace doesn't have an
effective design due to which many apps go unnoticed.
The mobile industry is occupied with two giants-Apple and . Rest,
including Windows and Blackberry, are finding it hard to sell their
devices and are constantly thriving for space. Those developers keen on
writing applications for multiple platforms must start with iPhone.