It’s 30% Less Costly To Develop For Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS than Alphabet (GOOG)’s Android


It is emerging that it costs nearly 30% less in time to write an app for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS compared to writing the same app for Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android. Perhaps that explains why iOS is rich with app developers compared to Android. However, given that only Infinum, an app shop, has drawn the distinction between developing for iOS and developing for Android based on time and effort, the observation may not be unanimous.

App developers have appeared to favor Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS platform over multiple other mobile operating systems. It is commonly believed that developing for iOS can be more rewarding financially than developing for Android or other platforms. However, it is emerging that beyond money, the other attraction to iOS is the ease of developing app for that platform, at least going by the view of Infinum.

Quick app deployment

According to Infinum, it costs it 30% less time and effort to write an iOS app compared to writing the selfsame app for Android. Consequently, Infinum is able to deploy its apps on Apple Store faster. The fact that writing apps for iOS cost less time and effort also means that the app shop incurs less cost writing for iOS than Android.

Infinum shared details about its last six app development projects that showed it took it less time to write apps for Apple Store compared to the time it took to write apps for Google Play store.

What’s causing the difference?

There are multiple reasons that make it easy to write apps for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS compared to Android. One theory is that the Objective-C and Swift languages used in writing iOS apps are more pointed than Java. In a nutshell, Objective-C and Swift are less wordy compared to Java.

The other advantage for developers in Apple’s iOS is that its WYSIWYG format renders faster emulators than Android’s XML layout.

Perhaps what might be a common problem for most Android developers is the fragmented nature of the platform. There are nearly a dozen companies involved in producing Android hardware, which feature different designs, pixels and screen sizes. Consequently, developing apps for Android’s fragmented ecosystem poses a headache for developers, among them Infinum.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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