With the availability of myriad operating systems out there for the devices, it has turned quite difficult to realize where to put money in order to get their brands in the hands of mobile users. We often think “Which platform to choose, as we develop an app?” Now there are a lot of things that prove one is better than the other, however, if you look at taking your brand to mobile, then 6 reasons are there that telling why it’s better to develop an Android application first instead of developing on any other platform:
Android Application Development Importance
1. Market Share
As per International data corporation (IDC), in the first three months of 2015, Android dominated the significant number of smartphones with hold over 78% of the market. Now the number of devices we expected as per statista.com at December 2014 lies north of 1.6 billion. Now it’s extremely large potential of users as you compare it with an estimated 46 million Windows, 45 million Blackberry and 395 million iOS devices.
Earlier most people assumed that the iPhone is used by wealthy users and this is why iPhone users ended up spending more money on apps as compared to Android users. However, later it was realized that Android apps were more profitable for both in-app purchases and initial app purchases. The average revenue per user for android games was estimated lesser that is 20% of that of iOS games in Jan 2014. Now by Dec 2014, there was an increase to 65%. At the same time, Android devices have lower advertising costs, thus it was easier for apps to advertise to more users for the same amount as of the other devices.
3. Low Barrier of Entry
Now it’s vital that Apps for iOS are developed in Xcode that’s available only on Mac. However, an android application development is possible on MAC, Windows, Linux. Now you need to register even a yearly fee of $99 as a developer on the Apple app, while for registration on the Google Play Store, you need to make a one-time payment of $25.
3. Google Play Store
Now the Apps which have been deployed to the Apple app store can be downloaded by users in a few weeks, as we compare it to Google play store that takes just a little time. By play store the apps are released as an alpha, thus you don’t require to put your ID and password time and again in order to get the app. It’s easy to update an app on Google Play many times a day, however on the Apple app store, it’s vital that your app passes the lengthy process as you submit an update.
4. Android Studio
This IDE designed and developed for Android application development is based on the amazing IntelliJ IDE with it being efficient and fast as just in a few seconds it becomes easier to set up a new Android application for various types of Android apps. Its key features are lint tools used to catch the performance, version compatibility, and other issues, build variants and multiple APK file generation, app integration with Google Cloud Platform and more.
Java is a robust programming language that’s used in various devices and operating systems. As you get a hold over JAVA, it’s easy to develop applications for various operating systems. However, the languages (Objective C or Swift languages) that are used to develop an apple app happens to be an apple centric app development language that can’t be used over other operating systems. This is despite Apple’s announcement that Swift is going to be available as open sources, with Linux tool before this year ends.
When a game or an app is designed for the general public, it’s logical that you target the platform that is going to give you the best access to potential users. This way it’s clear that if you invest in building on Android apps first, this is going to maximize your chances to succeed instead of developing for Windows, iOS, and Blackberry.