Android and Apple are two of the most popular names when it comes to smartphones. The two phones have different operating systems, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
For the development of applications for iPhone, the application store is a convenient platform for the distribution and sale of applications. The development of applications for Android is also progressing, but there is still a long way to go to get anywhere to where the iPhone is. App stores are very important when it comes to end users and developers.
Having said that the Android market should not be taken as lightly as the pace at which it is growing, it can be a big concern for the iPhone market. Apple’s operating system is closed. Developed applications must go through controls before they are accepted by the application store. The selection process can discourage developers since the decision to sell the application depends on the authorities of the application store.
The procedure has both positive and negative aspects. Google’s Android market offers an open system that means that applications can be published directly. The platform provides easier access for the developer community to bring their application to the market, so many developers can opt for this platform. Being open can provide more applications, therefore, more variety and diversity.
However, more variety and diversity does not necessarily mean more quality. The point that works in favor of Android is also the one that has a disadvantage for users. Users have to separate themselves from the garbage since there are all kinds of applications available.
With the iPhone, the user has the comfort of knowing that the applications have gone through a selection process and only applications that have met the quality criteria are available. Ratings and comments from the Android Market community provide help in this regard to judge which applications are deficient.
The amount of Android charged by developers is much smaller than the amount of the iPhone. The lower cost of the Android platform makes it easier for the developer to start. The iPhone charges more for the launch of an application and, along with it, also comes the uncertainty that if the application is rejected it will not mean the refund of the start fee.
Both platforms have their own points, but it remains to be seen what strength would prove to be the winning strategy for the two operating systems. Although much is being forecast for both the development of iPhone applications and the Android application development sector, it is the statistics that have the final say.