Differences Between iOS & Android App Development

John Paul | August 24, 2020
Differences Between iOS & Android App Development

As people are increasingly migrating towards a digital lifestyle, heavily depending on mobile phones for all their needs, apps have come to occupy an important place in the digital scheme of things. The lockdown imposed due to COVID -19 has only added to the pace of life turning digital. Most businesses are therefore looking to get robust apps developed to provide a delightful experience to their customers. Pegalogics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a notable android app development agency in Delhi NCR, which does a wonderful job of developing mobile apps for businesses. According to Forbes, globally Android dominates the market at 80% – 90% while iOS occupies the remaining 10-20%, leaving little room for others.

While for the common customers the user interface & user experience is important, the difference between the two operating systems is very important for the developers. Some of the major points of difference between the two operating systems are as below:


Android mostly uses Java, which is the world’s most popular programming language & requires a lot of coding. Kotlin provides an alternative as it’s easier for the developers & coding can also be done more efficiently. Among the junior app developers, C# is quite popular as it is supported by helpful tools like Unity & Xamarin for creating games & multi-platform applications.

While Objective-C has been the conventional language for app development for iOS & proved to be useful for creating apps, Swift launched in 2014 is now being used as it is more streamlined & has an advanced error checking system.

What stands out however is that the programming language used for iOS development has a shorter learning curve than those used for Android & is, therefore, easier to master.

Integrated Development Environment

The tools that serve as an application for back- end development for Android are Eclipse, Android Studio, & IntelliJ. There are limited options for iOS-based apps with the most common being XCode 8 which does not require complex coding & facilitates the creation of apps for all Apple devices. AppCode is a smarter alternative that allows faster execution of coding through automating daily tasks & carrying out code inspections for the programming language Objective-C.


Android is more adaptable & has a lot of versatility as it can be installed in any type of device which is also a disadvantage as it affects the level of UX for android devices.

Pegalogics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is one of the best android app development agency in Delhi NCR. iOS does not allow much room for innovation; however, the UX remains consistent for iPhone & iPad.

Testing & Debugging

For any app to be successful, it’s important that the design adapts to the characteristics of the operating system. The testing for iOS app is performed using an iOS simulator while for android, it’s done using Android Emulator. Though iOS simulator is faster however it occasionally fails in providing an accurate outcome. The Android Emulator on the other hand delivers a realistic simulation.

App Verification

Apple has very stringent guidelines for apps before publication in the app store. Apple carries out an extensive checking process for all apps and the process generally takes around 1-2 days. Android, on the other hand, doesn’t have a thorough checking process leading to a lot of fake apps regularly appearing in Google play store which promotes inappropriate or misleading content. There are around 3.8 million apps on google play store & 2 million apps in the Apple app store.

Cost of Development & Deployment

The cost of app development is slightly higher for Android than iOS in North America. Pegalogics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is one of the most cost-effective android application development agency in Delhi NCR. The cost for publishing an app in the Apple app store is an annual fee of $99 while Google play store has a one-time charge of $25.

Monetization Strategy

The monetization strategy of the apps in the two different operating systems is determined by user behavior. While Apple users generally purchase the apps whereas Android users download ad-supported apps.


The quality of animations in apps on the iOS platform is better than apps on the Android platform. Apple focuses on aesthetics & user experience in animations in apps while Android focuses on hardware aspects.