Android or iOS: What makes a better business platform?

Android or iOS: What makes a better business platform?

Both the platforms have such distinct business advantages that the final call is often a hard row to hoe.

Here are a few subtleties you got to account for ahead of making the call:

Costs: Application costs are a big development factor and between the two, Android wins hands down. Vintage Apple is being up-market, which comes off in iPhone apps costing that little bit extra. Android on the other hand is a mass-market proposition open to different manufacturers and developers. Obviously, this drives down the costs and makes Android app development better suited for limited budgets.

Monetization Models: Over the years, iOS has aggregated a highly dedicated user of loyalists not averse to spending on iPhone apps. Google Play on the other hand has tons of free Android apps alternatives challenging its claim to being a strong marketplace for paid apps. Launching an iPhone app is a better leverage especially when it is a premium solution. Android makes better prospects for targeting the mass market.  

End-user experience: For a long time, Android apps have been dealing with issues of fragmentation. Though regular OS upgrades along the way seem to be making up well, the open-source nature of the platform is a challenge in itself.  Manufacturers can have their way with UIs and fundamental device specs to appeal to wider consumer demographics. However, this adds up to inconsistency across devices and divided user experiences.

On the other side of the equation, an iPhone app guarantees consistency across the platform. There are no device iterations and such things with Apple which helps in establishing a standard experience. Moreover, with iTunes, Apple has a centralized control of the entire user experience ranging from the PC to the iPhone and the iPad. Definitely, this appeals to the user sensibility more strongly.

Development Cycle: The longer the development pipeline, the more you cough up, and this is a major issue with iPhone app development. Apple is known for its cast-iron approach leading to unrealistic approval times. Though the process is designed to safeguard its own mobile appeconomy, Apple’s unyielding review system can disrupt progress especially since there’s not much officially available to guide developers. An Android app doesn’t need to go through such trials and tribulations, thanks to Google’s development-friendly framework.

With such vastly divided parameters, a straight winner is unlikely. However, you must decide based on value which calls various factors other than the above. A good app developer can direct you towards the right choice, and this is what brings SDI into reckoning.

Our apps developers draw on rich experience to maximize the development advantage. We build on the core objective of creating productive mobile apps, quickly and affordably. Our repertoire includes building customized solutions for iPhone, AndroidFind Article, Blackberry and Windows 8.


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