What you should know when choosing a platform for the development of your app
The second part of this article deals with a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of every development platform. Here we go.
Native iOS mobile app development-
Basically, asking a question about the best native platform for your app leads to deciding between iOS and Android. Let us take a closer look at iOS first.
iOS is a closed platform. This means that Apple has full control over its programming language, the apps it publishes and the devices it releases. They have strict guidelines, where a deviation may lead to the fatal outcome of your digital baby’s fortune. You will need to obey those rules and get prepared for constant changes. This is an innovative company, a thought leader that is continuously searching for perfection. On the other hand, developers always know how to interact with designers and how to make a perfect product that will be 100% accepted by the store and appreciated by users.
From time to time, you will need to update your app to the latest OS. Apple has made the adoption easy for the users. All they need to do is to go to Settings and launch an upgrade. For you as a product owner it means that you will need to stay in constant touch with your developer and update the app according to the latest requirements.
Another good news is that there are just about 20 devices you’ll need to make the app compatible with. Android has more than hundred of them, which makes design optimisation, for instance, a pretty challenging task. Fewer supported devices entail lower costs for testing.
If you are concerned about revenues and want to get the best out of your digital business, remember that iOS devices are the most expensive and thus they attract people ready to spend money on applications. So if your aim is to earn income from an application and not just make people aware of your brand, think of iOS development. They say Apple users spend 60% more on purchasing apps than Android users.
Native Android development platform
According to the recent data of Statista.com, Android is the top mobile development platform in the world. As a lot of people use Android devices. By developing an Android app you get access to a large pool of target users. As well as iOS, this operating system is very flexible as an app can work on multiple gadgets: smartphones, tablets, watches, TV-boxes and even autos. There is also diversity in applications on Google Play. One can find everything for his taste there. Thus by publishing an app to this marketplace, be sure to get plenty of early followers.
The Java programming language is popular beyond the Android world. This keeps the threshold of entering the development pretty low. With the platform being not difficult to study, it’s quite easy to find a skilled developer to bring your idea to fruition. The development is possible on different OS among which are Windows, Mac OS or Linux, as Android SDK can be installed and used on all of them. Google constantly creates and polishes the appropriate development tools, making it easy for programmers to develop apps of various complexity levels.
A cross-platform app is a combination of HTML5 and native plug-ins. The so called “write-once-run-everywhere” approach may seem to be a pretty cost-effective solution. Appcelerator.com, one of the most popular cross-platform frameworks, promises 20% faster development in comparison with native languages, reuse of up to 90% of developed code when supporting multiple platforms, and significant cost reduction. Sounds like a pie in the sky, doesn’t it?
It seems like cross-platform development may be a good option for your project: no headache about the diversity of supported devices, plenty of ready-made solutions and UI frameworks to implement even a complicated feature. It’s much easier to support an HTML5 app rather than a native one.