Today, the number of games and applications available on mobile platforms is increasing at a staggering rate, making mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android among the most popular devices for utilizing the internet. As a business owner, you may have some great ideas about developing the latest game or app, only to be left wondering which of the popular mobile device platforms to choose for hosting your game or application.
Two of the most popular mobile app development platforms are the Android and iPhone. Since both devices appeal to users with different objectives and requirements, it is not always easy to choose one over the other. Both the Android and iPhone platforms, however, boast some truly fascinating features and functions. With a good understanding of how these platforms operate, it should be a bit easier to choose the one that best suits your mobile game or application project.
Android Hinders iPhone Market Domination
The Apple iPhone once dominated the mobile application market but Google has come a long way to start nipping at Apple’s heels with the powerful Android platform. At the absolute minimum, Google and Android can now effectively keep the iPhone from total market domination, a goal that seemed near impossible back when the iPhone ruled the mobile world. Considering the immense popularity of the iPhone, this is a huge deal for Google’s Android. It seems that good hardware and nice looking devices have definitely helped Android get back into the race.
Android is Successful, So Is Apple
There is no denying the success that Google’s Android market has seen. There are now more games and apps to purchase from Google Market than ever before, including not only free games and apps but also paid ones. Still, steady hardware updates and remarkable display and processing powers have skyrocketed Apple to a new record for items downloaded from the market. A staggering 25 billion downloads from the Apple market clearly holds the iPhone in a firm position on top – and this number will only grow larger.
The Bottom Line
From the point of view of a developer, the iPhone may well be a preference as it is easier to implement than the Android device. Applications for the iPhone almost always take less time to build than Android applications, which raises a number of concerns. If you want to develop a game or app as quickly as possible, for example, then the iPhone might be the best route. In fact, the iPhone may be the best solution for numerous mobile applications. The key thing to remember, however, is not to count the Android out of the race as it is quickly catching up.
Akesh Gupta is President of Light Speed Solutions. Akesh and his team strive to deliver quality android development services to clients on time and on budget. Trust Light Speed Solutions for not only mobile application development, but also web design, software development, database design and more.