There was a time in 2007 and 2008 when Apple’s iOS ruled supreme and developers around the world remained focused upon mobile apps for Apple only. The smartphones made by Apple are even today high in demand and considered a status symbol by the owners. Mobile app development for Apple’s App Store that ran in thousands in 2007-8 have today reached a staggering figure of more than 1.5 million. Google introduced Android OS within a year of introduction of iPhones and it has become the most popular OS for smartphone manufacturers around the world. Google play store has more than 1.5 million mobile app users around the world.
How to Choose?
Different businesses have different choices when it comes to apps. These choices depends on the revenue, development platform and the targeted customers. This means that you must be ready to have mobile apps that can run on various mobile platforms. However, due to budget constraints, you may start your business through iOS mobile app development due to the following reasons:
The OS that is the first choice of most of the developers around the world remains iOS app dominated despite it having been relegated to 2nd place by Android app development. This is both because of speed and cost of development as well as chances of higher revenue potential. Companies choose the other operating systems according to their clients need. Though it is better to get a label as a specialist of a development platform, you can rake up high volumes of profits even if you become famous as an all-rounder, capable of handling all the operating systems. The following is a break up of platforms among mobile app developers.
- 30% of the developers are making mobile apps for iOS
- As expected, Android takes up the 2nd spot with 23% of the developers
- Surprisingly, iPad takes up third spot with 21% developers busy making apps for this tablet
- RIM, Symbian, and Windows mobiles collectively take up 14% of the developers
In fact, you may specialize in any platform or operating system for your business but you can give cross-platform apps to your clients without working too hard. Cross-platform shortcuts that make it possible for any mobile app made for a particular OS to easily run on other operating systems. There are many providers of these cross-platform shortcuts that include Adobe, Appcelerator, AppMobi, and so on which you can recommend to your developers too. This takes out hassles of making different versions of one mobile app for various operating systems.