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1.1 – The Reason why iPhone is better than Android (Apps)

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Many consumers today wonder why applications are often released on iPhone before they’re released on Android. And when they are released, they’re not the same level of quality, user friendliness, and frankly, they’re just not as good. To add some perspective, we’ve put together some of the top reasons why iPhone typically gets the best apps, and faster than Android.

What makes an iPhone app better?

  1. Apps quite often get released on iPhone before they’re released on Android: A good example of this would be Instagram. If you can believe it, Instagram was available on iPhone a full two-years before it had been reformatted and released on Android. Other apps such as Super Mario Run, HQ Trivia, Monument Valley 2, Affinity Photo, and Snapchat also took longer to arrive on the Android platform.
  2. Apps that have a high-quality interface operate smoother on iPhone: This is because developers are required to abide by specific rules before Apple will approve their software for release. This also means that when you’re in the app store, everything you find has been through a certain level of quality control before being released to the public. However, there are still “bad” apps, ones that are foggy in terms of ethics, plagiarism, and ones that have all those issues, but the amount of these “bad” apps on the Apple app store is significantly lower when compared to Google Play.
  3. High-quality apps are more likely to appear on the iPhone than Android: However, if they do appear on both, they are more likely to appear on the Apple app store first. This is because studies have shown that Android users are less likely to pay for apps. Therefore, developers are less inclined to make their apps compatible and Android ready.

Looking at it from the perspective of a developer.

Danilo Campos, Hipmunk UI/UX designer and iOS developer, has stated: “The very simple short answer is it’s easier to make a good-looking, attractive iOS app compared to making an Android app.”

  1. From a developer’s perspective, apps are easier and faster to develop for an iPhone than an Android. When broken down, apps for iPhone require shorter lines of code to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Due to the fact that it requires 28% more time to design an Android app, developers put in less time and tend to settle on a less-detailed aesthetic, which is why we often see lower-quality apps on Android.
  2. The majority of Android users have an older operating system and it therefore makes it difficult for developers to create an app that will function properly across all systems.
  3. There are quite a few more image sizes with Android devices, versus Apple, who only has a couple, which makes optimizing the app’s imagery more complicated and time consuming.
  4. The Android user base is shrinking as most Android users switch to iPhone once their Android experiences defects. According to Consumer Intelligence Research partners, 26% of people who bought the iPhone 6s model during the first month of its release, were former Android users. This trend has also been occurring with older iPhone generations such as the iPhone 6 and 5s. For instance, 23% of iPhone 5s buyers switched over from Android. 
  5. The developer tools for iPhone are of higher-quality. X code IDE is a mobile development tool for iPhones that has many more features and functionality than Android studio for Androids. 
  6. Apple offers significant support for their developers.

iPhone Apps are Simply More Aesthetically Pleasing

Android offers more freedom with what you can do. “On Android, you can do whatever you want, if you really want to dig in there to minute details,” Steven Yarger, Mobile Product Manager at Trulia said, “With Apple, you’re more constrained. But the trade-off is because you’re constrained, you’re given tools that make the apps look nicer.”