Last week, we talked about three key differences between iOS and Android app development. This week, as promised, we are back with a couple more along with many more interesting facts and truths about these two platforms.
So, without further ado, let’s pick up from where we left off in Part 1!
Difference #4: Release & Approval Process
Another notable difference between the two operating systems is their release and approval process. Before deciding on the OS for your app, you need to figure out how fast you want your app to reach the market. Android apps typically take one to two days to get featured on the Google Play store, while iOS apps, on average, take 2-3 weeks to complete the release and approval process.
This is because iOS apps are thoroughly checked and reviewed by a team of developers who examine and analyze every single aspect of an app to ensure that there are no errors. The detected errors are sent back to the developer of the app, making them aware of what exactly made their app to rejection. That’s the only reason why iOS apps take longer time than Android apps to reach the market.
Long story short, Apple is a lot stricter and more expensive when it comes to approving apps for App Store. Android, on the other hand, is a lot more lenient, less expensive, and involves fewer restrictions & rejections when it comes to publishing. You submit a handful of screenshots, pay the fee and your app will appear in the Google Play Store a few hours later.
Difference #5: App Publishing Costs
It’s no secret that iOS apps are faster and relatively easy to develop as compared to their Android counterparts. However, there’s one area where they may cost a fortune, and that is at the time of publishing. To submit and maintain an app in the App Store, developers need to pay an annual fee of $99, along with a commission of 30 percent on each download.
This is where Android has an upper hand over iOS, charging its users just $25 for a lifetime membership. From applying a membership application to submitting and publishing an app, you’ll have to do a “look for a needle in the haystack” sort of thing with iOS apps, with no certainty whether your app will get published in the App Store.
On the contrary, you can speedily publish your app in the Google Play Store just by signing up and uploading your APK. While on one hand, the stringent quality standards of Apple may benefit users, it may drive freelance developers away on the other. Having said that, you’re more likely to have a better experience with Android’s app development policies, especially if you’re a start-up developer and are not willing to spend too much on annual fees.
Android vs. iOS App Development: A Quick Recap
To conclude, both iOS and Android have their own distinctive development process, unique characteristics, and pros & cons. No one can claim to be better than the other. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and what works for you. There is no right or wrong platform to choose and the information provided in this post isn’t intended to depreciate one or the other. Both these platforms are extremely successful and advantageous in their own ways, which is why it’s best to invest in both iOS and Android app development.
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