As per the emerging mobile app development technologies, Android and Apple have got equal share of benefits for the users. Both the technologies are leading in their own sphere in order to provide an excellent UX to the users. The comparison of these two mobile technologies is seen more like a tug of war between the tech giants and there is no way the battle is going to end.
Together these mobile technologies have created a duopoly in the market that accounts nearly 99% of the total smartphone sales. The respective OS also shares the similar trend when it comes to talking about their popularity in the market. Let us take a close look on the comparison that includes a number of feature including performance, market share, the popularity among the users and other such parameters.
Android Vs Apple – A Comparative Study
Global Market Share
Android, the operating system belongs to Google and enjoys a whopping 87% of the total market share. Being a Linux based open source platform, Android has an influential popularity in the app market. Originally developed by Android Inc, Android was later acquired by Google.
iOS, on the other hand, has nearly 18% of the total market share. Unlike Android, that has got its popularity in developing nations, Apple has its popularity in the developed nations like USA, Australia etc. Moreover, a number of factors are there that influence the popularity of these OS in the global market.
Apple tops the chart when it comes to user experience. The smooth interface makes it really easy for the users to browse through the exceptional features it offers to them. The clear interface makes it even easier to navigate easily from different menu bars. Having such an impressive UX, Apple is one popular among users.
Android comes at second place when we talk about exceptional user experience. Unlike Apple, Android offers a set of menus from where users can choose their preferences. One such example is QWERTY keypad. It is only because of Android that this keypad type gained huge popularity among users.
Android has got an enormous amount of varieties and models, which has given it a high level of device fragmentation. Having such a huge device fragmentation, Android also faces a number of bugs and other such critical issues that developers keep on debugging time to time.
Apple, on the other hand has got fewer models as a result of which there is no such problem with the respective OS, which Android generally face. This offers a little popularity to the iOS. Device fragmentation is thus not such a critical issue for the Apple operating system.
Privacy and Security
Android is slightly more vulnerable because of its open source OS model. It is thus more exposed to cyber threats and can easily be hacked. Moreover, device fragmentation and the freedom of installing apps for free is again a threat to the security of the system. However, security apps can be used to keep the threats away.
Apple iOS is rigid in offering the access of location and the personal info to the apps that are to be installed. With the same reason, it has a threat lighter than that of Android. Moreover, the privacy and the security setting are rigid too and thus it is not as vulnerable as the case is there with the Android.
With so many points of differences, there is no way to predict the win of any one of these operating systems over another. Both these techniques have got perks and disadvantages in the similar manner. At one hand, where Apple has got a whopping acceptance in developed nations, Android has impressive share in developing countries.
As a whole, both these technologies are the future of mobile app development that is going to sustain for longer. Additionally, they are destined to offer exceptional user experience to the users in the future.