Mobile app development is nothing new in the tech world today. But when it comes to app development, one common question that is asked by almost all developers is “Which is better platform for mobile app development – iOS or Android?” Well, there is no clear answer to this question as mobile apps can be developed for both the operating systems. However, there are some differences between iOS and Android app development. In this blog, we will try and cover some of the most prominent differences of app development between the two operating systems. If you want to know which operating system will be better for app development, read on and you can decide after knowing the differences between the two.

  • Complexity of development–The first thing that we will discuss here is the complexity of app development for the two operating systems. OS fragmentation is the complex thing when it comes to differences in iOS and Android OS. Infact many people think that it is the coding language which is difficult, but actually it is not. iOS runs on very limited numbers of devices including iPod, iPad and iPhone. However, there are innumerable devices which are powered by Android and wide range of systems run on these devices. Therefore, Android-based gears creation is complex and slow because of wide range of features and operating system. Whereas iOS-powered gears come with very narrow range of OS.

Also, there are different screen sizes for Android gears and this is an important consideration while developing the app.

  • Development language–Ask any developer who does both iOS and Android app development and you will get a clear picture on the development language for iOS and Android. For Android based apps, JavaScript is the main language which is used for development. The amount of code needed is quite large. However, for iOS app development, a new language Swift has been implemented. When compared to Java, coding can be done faster on Swift. Less code needs to be written in Swift and therefore it is possible to develop the apps swiftly. However, Kotlin coding language has come as an alternative to Java and has proved to be highly effective. Now majority of Android-based applications use this language only.


  • Designing style and pattern–This is a very important point when it comes to discussing differences between app development in iOS and Android platform. There are many aspects which need consideration here:


  • Navigation–In devices, which are powered by Android, the navigation bar is placed on the left side. However, in iOS, the navigation bar is shifted on the top. The navigation icons are gray or blue in iOS, while in Android, the icons are mostly colorful.


  • Resolution and screen size–There are two screen sizes in iPad and iPhone, which are backed by iOS. There are three possible resolutions for iPhone and some more for iPad. However, for Android-based devices there are large numbers of screen sizes for which there are different ranges of screen resolutions.


  • The ‘Back’ button–There is no real ‘Back’ button in iOS, the Apple-backed platform. However, in Android-based platform, one can go back to the previous page, which has been opened earlier. In iPhone, there is a top left button for going to the previous screens without navigating through the whole app.


  • Menu–Android devices generally have a side/hamburger menu or a drawer menu, which is mainly on the left after the tap-and-pull style. iOS emphasizes on tab bar, which is placed at the bottom of the app. iOS devices can have hamburger menu in case it is customized.


  • Integrated development environment availability (IDE) –This is an important thing when it comes to iOS and Android app development. There was a time when Eclipse tool was used as an environment for Android based app development. After that Studio was released by Google and this started being used for its fantastic features and functionality. On the other hand, iOS developers use XCode while developing iOS apps. It is a great productive environment for building apps for iOS platform.

By analyzing and comparing the iOS and Android app development platforms, you can take decision which one you want to choose for your next app development project.


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