Android Application Development Vs iPhone Application Development -A Comparison

by Adam Wills Web Developer

In today's tech-savvy world, Smart phone’s have become an integral part of our lives due to the several features and functionality that simplify the tasks and saves time, apart from being connected. When it comes to choosing a smart phone, it is a duel between iPhone and Android. Both are good and offers amazing functionality to their users. Both these steamrollers offer distinctively different experiences to their users.

The two giants show some differences when it comes to mobile application development for each of the platform.


When it comes to iPhone application development Objective- C is the language of choice. It is unbelievably verbose language based on object oriented concepts such as classes, interfaces, inheritance etc. Java is regarded as the most intuitive language when it comes to mobile application development. It is the language that is widely used to create Android Applications.

Syntax of Objective-C are quite cumbersome and it requires lengthy codes to get thing done. Though powerful, Objective C is a time waster, as application logic is cluttered with memory management. Java really shines with garbage collection which makes it easy for a developer to design and develop an App.


Android offers numerous benefits being open source. Android SDK provides tools and reusable code libraries to being developing apps for android devices. iPhone’s SDK and the XCode IDE are well admired by many developers. The debugging tools are fantastic and source code integration makes it even easier to develop apps.

Programming Model

iPhone encourages MVC design pattern. This makes it building an UI simple and as developer you did not need to take the pain of organizing UI in the component design, its automatically done. Android is good with design patterns and supports multiple processes and component reuse. The design often offer users a mesmerizing experience. With iPhone it’s simple to have screens sharing the same data structures while for Android this requires some planning.

Documentation and Tutorials

Android has a huge community of developers to offers assistance and steady support. There are plenty of documents, tutorials, blog available for Android Application Development for programmers. Despite this, many mobile developers complain that they are not as thorough as that of Apples.

iPhone too has a strong support community. Apple provides abundance of information in the form of documentation, tutorials, reference guides and such to boost the knowledge of enthusiastic mobile application programmers.

Market Scenario

The Android market is growing by leaps and bounds and does not have any strict approval process for its apps that iPhone's have. Apple's app store is considered to be the biggest and the best app market till date. Despite of many controversies in the past, Apple stills rules out the market.

iPhone OS being in the market for quite long time is naturally boasts more apps then the Android. But new and innovative apps are continuously been developed for both the platforms, as result of their increasing popularity.


It is not easy to announce a clear winner when comparing Mobile Application Development for iPhone and Android. Android OS and development tools are simply excellent. iPhone application turn out to be an expensive affair. Android devices are highly flexible and offers great customization features, while iPhone offers a polished smart phone experience to its user. Visit here for more info about iphone.

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