Business Apps – Android or iOS?
Matthew Kirkman writes on a range of topics for app developers in the UK, providing useful information and updates on everything that’s happening in the world of business apps.
Technology wars have always been fought and today’s battle for supremacy is no different. The bitter rivals today are fighting for domination in the mobile device market. Apple’s operating system, iOS, has come head to head with Google’s Android. Apart from the fundamental difference that iOS is the platform on Apple devices only, and Android is used by every other device, there is the other significant difference that Android is the only one that is open source. Android allows developers use third-party tools for app development on their open development platform, but Apple has set developer guidelines with a fixed set of tools that could possibly hinder a developer’s creativity.
If a person is developing an app to use in their business then it is important to consider the pros and cons of these two main operating systems in use today. Obviously if a particular mobile device is already in use throughout the business it stands to reason that this might be the best choice to develop for. But if the end system is not an issue then take a look at how you will go about developing the app you need to see what operating system might be best for you.
The programming languages used on each operating system are different, with Android using mainly Java, which is the common programming language in use by developers. This makes it easy to develop for Android, while Apple’s iOS uses Apple’s Objective-C language is a more exclusive language with not all developers being proficient in it. This will obviously impact on the choice of developer you work with and may even impact on the cost involved if the iOS expertise is not available to you. Also, if you intend to develop your app for use across both platforms then you really need to examine the programming capabilities at the onset, as you may need to write your app for the native language of each device it will be used on.
Although the Android OS is incredibly versatile, the range of possibilities available to developers creates a huge range of possibilities and can take a lot of time to fully learn and master. Android’s highly fragmented platform can therefore create a big challenge, unlike the more stable Apple platform with clearly defined guidelines and boundaries that are easier to negotiate.
Apps are created to make life easier. They take routine tasks or regular activities and streamline them, giving you the most efficient method to carry out this event on a regular basis. The same should be said about the development of an app. Keep it simple. Look not just at the development side, but also at the testing process that works with each operating system and the methods of payment that will best suit your business needs. As with all business decisions, spend the time and energy now on detailed research to enable you to make the right choices that will benefit you practically and financially for a long time to come.