The mobile phones has invaded our daily lives like no other devices and are responsible for making us lean towards the world of technology. We see a number of mobile apps developed and displayed in the App Stores. These highly interesting mobile apps are developed on various platforms like Android, iOS and Windows.
There is a high level of competition among the mobile development companies, as new app development ideas are generated and causing such an excitement that we often see that the hard core iOS developers are converting into Android platform. There are big differences between iOS and Android and some of these are quite intimidating over the others.
When learning something new, the best practice is to find comparative data for the two. The main problem faced by the developers is in the execution of the Android apps.
Essential Information for the iOS turned Android App Developers:
Similarity of Android App Development and iOS Developers
When the developers plan to shift from Android App Development to the iOS platform, the biggest hurdle for the iOS developers is that they need to acquire a whole new skill set but actually that is not right, as they already possess app development skills and additionally they have knowledge on Swift and Objective-C.
Distinguishing with Screen Sizes
In Android app development, the developers deal with multiple screen sizes, whereas screen sizes is always a constraint for the iOS developers. There is continuous improvement of Android for screen sizes and also bringing about improvements in tools. The users also have the option of multiple screen densities in the Android platform. Since, the multiple screen sizes feature was added at a later size in iOS, the iOS based developers landed up into problem.
In Android the developers work purely on XML. So, there are no drag and drop interfaces, Auto Layouts or the nudging elements. The developer on Android will be using the XML sheet, for major part of the UI work. The lack of drag and drop UI and easy right panel interface will make the developers memorize a whole lot of Android layout properties.
The developers on the Android platform also have reasons for their satisfaction with the XML attributes and the layout of file structures. This happens to be much better than the interest evoked in size classes and Auto layouts for the iOS based developers. Wrap content and match parents are some of the XML concepts which appears to highlight the difference between Android and iOS platform.
Android Studio Vs XCode-Usage
Using the X Code IDE is really an annoying experience, but the past few years has seen lots of improvements. When App Studio is used for Android app development, then X Code features can also be incorporated.
X Code and Android Studio functions similarly, but differences arise in the UI code of both the IDE. Java Keywords are used by the Android Studio for reduction in the standard coding practices used by the developers on iOS, for overriding the methods, subclasses and the import statements. Separate XML files are used by the Android Platform, but storyboards and nibs are used by the iOS developers.
Slow Development in Android
Moreover, X Code is based on Simulators, but there are emulators with Android. When there is a replication of entire OS on the emulator, the response is slow.
Additionally, Java is a verbose language when compared with Swift. The language is not able to handle callback blocks, null pointer checks, getters and settings. Writing while developing on Android platform is also more time consuming.