iPhone or Android: Which is Better for App Developers?

iPhone vs. Android is one of the oldest arguments in the app space.  When you have an idea for an app the next step will be deciding which platform to develop your app for.  There are pros and cons to either option. Many app developers will suggest going with one platform first and once the kinks are worked out, expanding onto the other platform.  But figuring out which platform to tackle first is the problem. We are going to explore below some of the key points in making your decision.

iPhone App Pros

Because iOS is a closed platform where Apple has a heavy hand in the design, you can be sure that your app will function very well and be visually appealing.  There are fewer types of iOS devices which will make it easier to develop as far as screen sizes and resolution. Because of these reasons, many first-time developers will tackle iPhone apps first and then branch out to Android which has tons of different options, so screen size and resolution can be a large order to combat.

iPhone App Cons

On the flip side, because it is a closed platform, many app developers find the guidelines restrictive.  This can make it difficult for any customizations because Apple provides the tools to develop your app. Some of these tools can even cost additional money which can be problematic for a startup trying to release their first app.  Many people complain about Apple’s approval process. The length of time it can take to be approved can cost you money as you try to come into compliance with their rules while keeping the idea you had intact.

Android App Pros

Android dominates the operating system market with a staggering 77.32% of users.  This is a great reason to begin android app development as your first option.  Because Android has an open platform, it is much better to play around with the functionality of your app.  Android apps have a much faster approval time, with many apps being approved in as few as four days as opposed to iOS’s lengthy approval process.

Android App Cons

Although Android has a huge worldwide market share, in the United States Apple still dominates.  Apple users in the US is 52.19% while Android trails at 47.39%.  Know the market that you are targeting with your app to make sure you are going to reach the demographic that you are after.  Also, due to a large number of Android devices available, the user experience will differ from device to device. Because of the complexity of the fragmentation, the development stage can take longer and cost more money than iOS development.  But once developed you will typically get a faster approval with Android.


The choice is yours when deciding which platform to develop on first.  There is a definite benefit to having your app available on both platforms.  Starting on Android because of the more complex development can help speed up your total launch.  It makes sense to tackle Android first, that way you have most of the framework developed and beta testing completed before heading on to the more restrictive process.

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