This interesting love really amazes when Android currently owns 70% of the World’s Smartphone market share and still has around 750,000 apps whereas Apple which still caters to the niche category has around 950,000 apps. The numbers say everything because this might be the only domain where an OS with less than 30% market share of the market leader owns more apps. App developers are also not dumb to make apps for a lesser used OS. A lot of reasoning goes in order to decide which platform to be preferred for app development. Let us see that despite having such low market share, Apple still is the red hot favorite for app developers and Android still dreams to be the first choice of publishers.
iOS was the platform that had all the attention from the developers, with innumerable quantity of apps available on the store. But last few years has seen a seismic change in this trend, with Android app development becoming the major player in the segment.
The main reason for this behavior is because Google does not put any stringent checks on Android app development and distribution, thereby giving more freedom to the developers, which is why Android has become the favorite for developers over iOS and windows. Apart from this fact, there are several other reasons, why developers prefer the Android app development. 5 top reasons stated below:
Android apps are developed using the Java programming language, with which most of the developers are familiar with. This is not possible with iOS, as the developer has to learn the specific language for Apple development. Also, Android apps developed with Java can be easily ported to other systems like Ubuntu, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows 10.
Apps for all sizes
As the android devices come in varied sizes, the developers have wider range of choices to ideate and target their apps for a large number of customers, across all age group and forms.
Easy deployment on the store
You can deploy an app on the Google Play Store in a few days, with easy update options, whilst Apple Play Store takes weeks for deployment. The registration fee to register on Google Play Store is also very cheap in comparison to Apple Store.
Open Source vs. Controlled OS
With Android being open source it is practically impossible for app developer to ensure quality for all devices where with Apple it is easily possible. Apple does not an app publish app without fulfilling pre-requisite requirements whereas with Android anyone with anything can be uploaded. Android’s open source structure hampers great user experience for the users as compared to Apple.