A debate on android vs iOS mobile device features has been a hot discussion for some time. The two majors cover more than 80% of the smartphone sector and are growing their respective shares at a fast rate.  iOS is an impeccable operating system developed by Apple Inc and meant for iPhone, iPad and iPod. As of June 2014, Apple’s App Store contained more than 1.2 million iOS applications, 500,000 of which were optimized for iPad. These apps have collectively been downloaded more than 60 billion times. (Source: Press release, Apple Inc.June 30, 2014). Android is a mobile operating system with a rich application framework for developing applications in a Java environment. Google boasts of over 1 billion active monthly android users as of 2014 and currently 1,310,668 Android apps are available in the market. (Source: AppBrain Stats)

Today, let’s witness how I-phone development features take over Android from a developer’s perspective:

    • Accessibility: iOS application needs only MAC Operating system for development whereas android SDK can be installed on Windows, Linux, as well as Mac. This provides easy accessibility for developers for android application development but the irony of high piracy rate dwells owing to open development platform
    • Memory Management: Efficient memory management aids a developer to concentrate on development. Android’s ARC is bagged best for memory management whereas automatic memory management feature through Garbage collector for android is lagging in many aspects in comparison to ARC
    • Software Development Kit: Software Development kit is at the heart of any application development. Android developers have Android SDK and iOS developers possess the iOS development kit. iOS contains a simulator which throws light on how your app would look and behave if it were running on an iOS device. iOS SDK is relatively fast with quick code-compile-run turnaround. Android’s emulator can read both hardware and software which is advantageous to specify hardware necessities but it is difficult to test and de-bug as the emulator has a slow processing speed. Hence iOS SDK wins over android
    • Fragmentation: Android encompasses a number of devices which have different versions available and creating apps that work across different platforms is challenging and time taking. iOS application development has an edge as it is devoid of  multiple OS and fragmentation is not an issue with iOS application development

Therefore, it’s the approach; sophistication and simplicity of development that makes iOS application development gain a clear advantage over android development