Mobile Applications: iOS vs Android Development
There was a time when a mobile-friendly website was a dream for users. People have to zoom in on their mobile screens to read or get familiar with the website content that was optimized only for desktop screen sizes. Along with the time web development experienced full growth and success. These days, businesses tend to have a mobile-friendly website that is responsive to the screen, regardless of the type of device used. This is the minimum online businesses should offer to their site visitors who may become customers.
In the following article, I’m going to cover the following points:
1. Mobile Application Development
2. Cross-platform Applications Development
3. iOS VS Android Development
Have you ever thought about going mobile? Currently, this is not just about offering a mobile-friendly platform but a mobile application. Many business owners think that a website is the most effective means for business success. However, users pretend to use apps rather than websites.
Mobile is a fastly growing industry that attracts businesses from various marketplaces. According to some statistics from 2019, mobile app revenue was 365.2 billion dollars in 2018, and it is estimated to reach at 693 billion in 2021, and 935.2 billion in 2023. And do you guess the “why”? Mobile phones are everywhere with us. Using an app designed for completing a specific process, makes our lives faster and easier.
When making a decision about iOS vs Android development, business owners may have some concerns about choosing the best one that will help to meet their needs and realize expectations.
Once you take a goal to launch a mobile application it may be risky and costly to launch both for iOS and Android operating systems at the same time. Firstly, it will be logical to give the priority to one as the initial step. Most businesses and developers do the same, creating a single app and cancel launching the other for some time.
However, this isn’t a single solution in such a situation. You have a chance to trust an experienced cross-platform development company. Master React Native developers will develop an application that perfectly runs both on iOS and Android OSes. So, you won’t have to face the Android vs iOS app development challenge.
If you are not aware of the mobile app development process, I’ll introduce some important points. There are two options to choose between when you want to have apps for both mobile operating systems:
- Native mobile development. Two separate apps are developed one for iOS, another for Android OS
— Cross-platform application development. A single app is created that works both on iOS and Android OSes
To develop this or that type of app, developers choose specific programming languages for mobile app development. Professionals know what to choose and offer the best possible, taking into account business needs, goals, and expectations. Let’s discuss the characteristics of cross-platform applications.
It may be tricky to make a choice between native and cross-platform app development. Yet, I will try to somehow guide you, highlighting the pros and cons cross-platform applications offer.
- Shorter development time. Instead of thinking about a new logic of code, developers use the same code across platforms
- The shorter the time, the fewer the tasks.
- The fewer the tasks, the lower the price. Developers get paid depending on the per hour spent on project development.
- The lower price, in its turn, decreases the level of risk
- A single app for two platforms helps to reach a wider market and audience
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