Though the iOS platform is definitely more profitable for developers, the iOS app approval process is much more strenuous than Android’s and does not necessarily give access to a larger audience or more flexibility in design.
The number of apps available on the Android platform are comparatively more than that on iOS. The total number of Android apps available stands at around 1.3 million, while there are about 1.2 million iOS apps available for download.
But don’t be fooled. These impressive statistics mask the fact that a large number of apps on both platforms is of very low quality or usefulness. Despite the fact that Apple is reputed to have stricter app guidelines, this does not necessarily mean that there are more “bogus” apps accessible through Android.
Moreover, it would not be easy to compare the platforms given the difficulty of both collecting a representative sample and of determining if an app is in fact “bogus.”
So, when deciding whether or not to develop for one platform or both, it almost certainly pays to do a bit of research. Some of the questions to consider are outlined below.
Apple iOS apps are known to be more valuable to developers. Let’s check out some factors driving this tendency. From the developer’s perspective, it is best to compare related apps and their profitability on respective platforms rather than comparing the total worth of each platform.
Configuration, Development Process, Programming Language, and Publishing
When we look at app configuration, Android has many app permissions, while iOS’s Xcode gives you a long list of build settings sure to frustrate any developer.
Though Apple has a higher standard when it comes to app design, it turns out iOS is easier platform to develop for, out of the two. On the other hand, Android’s development tool is currently a cumbersome piece of software named Eclipse, and the development software Android Studio, which has a better potential, is still in beta, and users may encounter bugs if they use it.
Programming language is usually about personal preference, and there are pros and cons to both Objective C (iOS) and Java (Android). The former recently made a major upgrade and got renamed as Swift, a hybrid language which has taken the best features from numerous modern programming languages.
Coming to publishing, an Android app takes a lot less effort as compared to an iOS app. This is because signing an app for the former is easy through a simple Eclipse wizard. On the contrary, an app for the iOS requires a lot of complex distribution profiles and certificates.
Android 5.0 Update
With 5,000 new APIs and a UI overhaul dubbed Material Design, Android’s new interface has made its new features available to third party developers for unifying the platform’s look and experience for mobile users.
Apple iOS 8 Update
Apple’s newest update iOS 8 has proved to be a little underwhelming as it only combines all the features that were introduced in the last few iOS versions.
Keeping pros and cons aside, the audience for your real estate app should be your priority one when choosing the platform for app development.
Either way, App Builder Online will provide you with all you need to build and publish your real estate app on both platforms, Android and iOS.
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