In this blog post, I’ll be attempting something that’s never been done before; or maybe it has and I just haven’t found a satisfactory answer to the Trillion Dollar question: iPhone Apps .vs. Android Apps – Which ones are better?
We have literally half the world, a generation of young and old folks divided in terms of which would they rather have – iOS Apps or Android Apps. I’ve tried Googling this question multiple times in hope of finding a definitive answer; and every time, I just ended up more confused and conflicted than when I started. The reason this question is so near and dear to my heart as an App Developer is because information is my most precious commodity – the more I know, the better decisions I can make, and the better my decisions, the better I can serve my end customers by offering the BEST available products and services. This exercise yields two results, and both are positive: (1) The customers are happy because they get the BEST Products. (2) I, as an App Developer, am happy because I’ve not just accomplished my goal of making my customers happy, I’ve also helped myself in the process as Happy Customers = More Sales. And I dare anyone to argue otherwise.
So, in essence, it is my job to know which way the wind is blowing. At App Store Download, we spend thousands of dollars on Research and Development, and on Anonymous Surveys, just to know the preferences of today’s Smartphone user. In our most recent survey, we asked our customers the following questions:
iPhone Apps .vs. Android Apps – Which ones are better?
Not surprisingly, the results were as follows:
27% Users Said iPhone Apps Are Better.
70% Users Said Android Apps Are Better.
3% Users Were Undecided/Said Neither.
As you can see, a huge segment of the Smartphone Using Population leans heavily towards Android Apps. An important thing to note here is that Android is an Open Source Operating System .i.e. Not Exclusive. Because of this, a majority of Smartphones and Tablets around the world run on Android OS; Apple’s iOS on the other hand is the exact opposite. Apple’s iOS Operating System is exclusive to Apple’s products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc…), which limits its overall reach. Now despite this reality, a majority of App Development Companies and the best App Developers around the world prefer developing iOS Apps over Android Apps. Huh? So let me get this straight, the Customers prefer Android Apps, but the App Developers prefer iOS Apps? Why? Well, it’s not the App or the Operating System itself, but which one can make the App Developer the most money – in this case, the answer would be iOS Apps; simply because of the exclusivity factor .i.e. You cannot purchase iOS Apps or Download iOS Apps from any other external sites other than Apple’s iTunes App Store; unless of course your iPhone is Jailbroken, in which case, you can purchase/download Apps from sites like Cydia. Because of this exclusivity that Apple’s iTunes App Store and iOS Apps offer, all an App Developer has to do is develop a decent App, set a reasonable price, and watch Apple drop direct deposits every month in his/her bank account. App Sales on the iTunes App Store can range anywhere from $10 Per Month to Millions of Dollar Per Month. Developing iOS Apps (iPhone/iPad Apps) is just more lucrative. The same cannot be said for Android Apps. Because Android is an Open Source Operating System, and has a very poorly run Google Play App Store, quality App Developers usually frown upon the idea of developing Android Apps. Not just that, you can download Android Apps for FREE from Torrent Sites like The Pirate Bay and other P2P File Sharing Sites.
But that is all monetary aspect of App Development. Now, let’s exclude the financials, and just look at iOS and Android Apps for what they are really worth and what they have to offer to the end user. I thought the best way to accomplish this was to do a Pros and Cons comparison of iPhone Apps .vs. Android Apps.
So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.
iOS Apps – iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apps
- High Quality, Well Designed, User Friendly, and Clean Coded Apps.
- iOS Apps are tested multiple times before they are approved for sale on the iTunes App Store.
- Virus and Malware Free Apps.
- No Anonymous or Hidden Location Tracking.
- The iOS Operating System cannot be hacked, unless the user chooses to voluntarily Jailbreak their iOS Device.
- The iOS Platform Does Not Support Adobe Flash and Java.
- Apple’s Strict Rules and Guidelines prevent some really great and useful apps from being listed on the iTunes App Store.
- Apple’s iOS Operating System only supports a limited number of programming languages, thus severely restricting the App Developer’s ability to add more functionality to iOS Apps.
- The Android OS supports Adobe Flash and Java.
- Android App Developers can develop some really great and cool Apps, and also modify the actual Operating System to fit their needs.
- A wide selection of Apps that can be downloaded for FREE not just from the Google Play Store, but also torrent sites like The Pirate Bay. You can download an entire bundle of Android Apps and then install them on your phone for absolutely no cost whatsoever.
- Low Quality, Poorly Designed, and Poorly Coded (Buggy) Apps.
- Android Apps and The Android OS can be hacked without Jailbreaking the Android Device.
- Some Android Apps are infected with Viruses and Malwares.
- Illegal and Offensive Android Apps are easily available on the internet, and can be downloaded without any repercussions.
- Android Apps may contain Anonymous/Hidden Location Tracking.
From an App Developer’s perspective, as much as I’d love to develop Android Apps, since the Android Platform does give me a lot of flexibility in terms of the Functionality that I can add to my Apps, from a Business Point-of-View, I’ll have to go with the iOS Platform. If I want to make money and take care of my family, my best option is to develop iPhone and iPad Apps.
From a Customer’s perspective, despite the fact that Android Apps are way much cooler and offer a lot of different Functionality than iOS Apps, the Negatives (Cons) far outweigh the Positives (Pros). I’d much rather have a Well Designed, User Friendly, Clean Coded, Virus and Malware Free iPhone App, than some fancy virus infected Android App.
Now, that’s not to say that ALL Android Apps are poorly coded, buggy, and virus infected; but the possibility of you downloading one is pretty HIGH compared to an iOS App.
So for me personally, in the battle between iPhone Apps .vs. Android Apps, I choose iPhone Apps (iOS).
Let me know what you think. Which one would you rather have, iPhone App or Android App.
To participate in this discussion, please leave a comment below.
Useful Resources and Guides: