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Should You Create an iPhone or Android App First?

Which Comes First: iPhone or Android Apps?

You’ve got this great idea for a world-shaking app that can change the world, solve crisis, or at least put a little extra money in your bank account. So, do you develop this app for the Android or iPhone first? Some sole developers start with whatever device they happen to have on hand, and there may be some merit to this solution. However, it is probably a good idea to select a specific operating system, be it IOS or Android, for a reason.

Here are some questions that you might ask yourself before you decide to develop on either popular mobile phone platform:

  • Which platform is easier and cheaper to develop on?
  • Which platform has a bigger market share in your local area or country?
  • Which operating system would be more likely to attract venture capital or even possible purchases of your application?
(Credit: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech)

(Credit: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech)

Well friends, the answers to all of these questions in the United States will probably lead you back to iPhones. Hey, I like Androids. Because Google released their operating systems to a number of different manufacturers, Android phones are a lot more accessible and affordable. But for some reason, in the United States at least, IOS is still the gold standard.

On the other hand, Android OS took over the biggest market share in 2013. Notice that I am writing this on a website, and I am not carving it in stone. This may be changing as the iPhone market share decreases. Android, and even Windows, are picking up an increasing share of the market.

By the way, Windows, Blackberry, and “other” don’t really even come in as close runners up.

So which is it? Should you pick Android or iPhone?

There is not a magic right answer. It might come down to the features of the phone, For example, one development company needed a gyroscope, Apple had it, so they went with IOS first. If you need a specific feature, you should remember that all IOS systems are on Apple devices. You get consistency. The good thing about Android is that it is released by a number of phone makers, but that is also the drawback. You might find that different manufacturers offer slightly different features and even different OS versions.

If you don’t need to worry about that, you might just go back to figuring out which devices it would be easier for you to test with.

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