The Constant Battle between iOS and Android: Who Wins?

Android and iOS are the most popular operating systems for web and mobile apps and are the eternal rivals when it comes to market share and the number of users. Even though Android devices have the highest global market share, or 84% to be exact, in comparison to iOS’ 16%; iOS users dominate the App store for customer spending. The pros and cons are evident in both operating systems, and it is up to the user’s preference for the finished product to decide which one they will go for.

However, when it comes to developers choosing their future career or CTOs recruiting a team for the development of a client’s web, choosing an OS is not that straightforward. An analysis of all benefits, advantages, and disadvantages should be carefully completed, and then the pick should be made. Especially when it comes to starting with the development process, and you need Android or iOS developers for hire. To help with the consideration of all essentials, both giants perform in specific areas.

Advantages of iOS

More Stable & Secure

When it comes to performance, it is safe to say that iOS is much more stable and user-friendly. Because it is a closed platform - Apple created all software and hardware, there is no possibility to download from a third-party website or app. Therefore, the risk of downloading suspicious apps or virus files that will steal your private data or crush the system is minimized to a great extent.

Straightforward Integration with Devices

There are only about 20 different types of iOS devices. It is super clear that the development process of the OS will be simpler and quicker since there is significantly less device fragmentation, screen size, and resolution. On the other hand, there are thousands of mobile devices that are powered by Android, which means that the development of the system to be suitable for each model is a much more complex process.

Superior User Experience

The majority of iOS users are greatly satisfied with the whole system and its performance. This is thanks to Apple’s detailed design guide for app UI that helps developers build and craft a superior user experience. It is basically a clear direction in which the iOS developers should move when working on the robust combination of software and hardware and the further maintenance of the app. That is what all devices on the Apple store run flawlessly.

Advantages of Android

Open System

While iOS is a closed platform, Android is fully open. And even though this might be considered a disadvantage, especially when it comes to security, it is still an advantage that Android users get to enjoy when evaluating all benefits altogether. Android developers also enjoy this advantage as it allows them to create and apply features that would otherwise not be permitted by iOS.  

Moreover, Android developers can work with different crowdsourcing frameworks and plugins while crafting the functionality of the app, making the OS much more flexible than iOS. However, keep in mind that this flexibility, on the other hand, makes the development process more complicated.

Faster Release

Android apps can be published much faster and quicker on Google Play stores. The wait time is until the Android PackAge (APK) is uploaded, and then, in only a few hours, the app is ready to go live. With iOS apps, the process for an app to go live is much longer -around seven days and even longer.

Comparison of Cons of Both OS

iOS Apps are much larger than Android apps. Even though the prompt, superior user experience, the price is very high, and they don’t come with widget support. When using 3G, the battery performance is very poor. Also, repairing an iOS device might cost even more than the initial buying price. Finally, it is an OS that supports only iOS devices - it is not flexible at all due to its exclusivity. 

On the other hand, Android apps need more coding on java than Objective-C due to the flexibility and suitability to various types of devices. Also, coding complex layouts and animations are much harder to complete. The battery quickly drains as a result of all processes that keep on going in the background. What users of Android apps hate is that there are always ads on display, at the top or the bottom of the app, plus the fact that fake apps can easily be installed is something that really concerns users about the security of their data.

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