We are often asked why we decided to develop our mobile apps in iOS rather than Android. And, it goes right back to our general business philosophy of giving our customers the best value for their dollar. It is generally accepted that developing in Android is more difficult, more challenging, more time consuming, and subsequently costs more. In fact, some developers claim that Android development costs 2-3 times more than iOS. Read about it in the post “The Fallacy Of Android-First.”
Why Don’t Designers Take Android Seriously?
It is largely held that iPhone users shop for bigger ticket items on their phones and mobile pads than Android users. Jim Edwards writes in Slate’s Business Insider, “Here’s Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple Over Android” and addresses some of the Socioeconomic reasons for this being the case.
Cennydd Bowles, a U.K. based design lead at Twitter, raised the issue recently in a thoughtful article on Medium titled, “Why Don’t Designers Take Android Seriously?” He wanted to know why app developers don’t like working on Android apps.
“Android is the dominant platform of the next decade with about an 80 percent market share in some areas of the world. Why aren’t designers paying it more attention?” Bowles asked.
He got a bunch of responses from his colleagues and readers. In summary: The replies were mostly variations on the theme that Android users don’t pay for apps, they don’t have data plans, you can’t monetize them easily, and designers are all iPhone users and don’t really understand Android users.
But, the real heart of the matter from a developer’s perspective is, “Where’s the meat!?” Or, more appropriately, where are the development dollars being spent? Harry McCracken, writing for time.com, published, “The Smartphone App Wars Are Over, and Apple Won.” Here are some of this thoughts:
What Was the Deciding Factor for us in selecting iOS?
It is the cost to our customers. Simply put, we can develop an app more quickly in iOS. Sometimes twice as fast! That means fast to market, less time in production, and reduced development cost. That delivers value, and we value that.
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