The two most dominant Operating systems in the world are iOS and Anroid. In 2018, a report indicated there were 5.1 billion people with phones in the world. This illustrates just how the two giant Operating systems are having a kill.

For a software developer, the question does not rely much on the astronomical profits that the OS companies make but the business goals of the company.

In this article, we shall outline seven foremost differences between Android and iOS app development. But first, how did we get here?

Android and iOS-the journey

The story of Android and iOS is one with a host of dynamics and market intricacies. Funny enough, while Android enjoys a larger percentage of users throughout the world, it is iOS that carries the day in terms of profits!

Similarly, iOS happens to be more popular in the Americas, while the rest of the world is dominated by Android. This offers an insightful data to any developer intending to target a given populace with its app.

The conclusion is simple: If you are in the United States and you are planning to build a mobile software, your best bet is iOS. In the same vein, the same company could have another version of their app for the Asian, European and African market in Android.

Generally, building an app is such an expensive affair that takes a great deal of planning and resources. Depending on your business needs, you could opt for an iOS, Android or even a hybrid app that works across the OS divide.

1.    Open System

While the iOS is quite restrictive with their business model, Android operating system is an open one that gives developers the free hand to do practically any tweaks to make the app better. iOS on its part is quite restrictive and developers only get access to okayed areas. This further extends the rift between the Android vs iOS development.

2.    Cost implications

iOS has its loyal clients. No matter how high the price gets, iOS consumers are always willing to bend backwards to buy their products. When you are dealing with a geographical region where iOS is not as popular, chances are you are headed for a loss.

Android is quite an affordable iOS to develop. Similarly, it is a great idea to use when you are casting your net wide.

3.    Fragmentation

While Android operating system allows for customization for different devices, screen sizes and makes, the iOS does not have to develop an app for the various apps. They only have to deal with customizing their apps to suit the iPhone and iPad.

In a sense, developers tend to have a feeling that their hands are tied with this system. Nonetheless, iOS users never complain about the quality of their mobile apps.

4.    Testing

Because of the various versions of Android it takes more time to test and develop a great mobile app. This may inflate the cost of development. However, iOS has a pretty much beaten path. It takes significantly less time to come up with an iOS app.

5.    High standards

Given the high standards it sets for its apps, iOS tends to be an app development process fraught with uncertainties and rejections. This is majorly caused by real-user reviews. Android app development just has to pass quality tests.

6.    Customization

While Android gives mobile app developers the free hand to customize the apps in terms of theme, colors and User Interface, iOS comes out as restrictive and less customizable.

7.    App Updates

The process of updating an iOS app takes at least two weeks in wait time. For a business keep on efficiency, this could cause a major business setback.  However Android apps are particularly reputed for faster updates.


When developing an app for business, deciding between Android an iOS may not be a breeze. It would generally take you more time in analysis and market research to know what you are signing up for. However, depending on your target users, you may prefer any of the two giant operating systems.