Application Development for Android and iOS – A Tale of Two Platforms
Technology has ingrained into our everyday life. Android and iOS are two major operating systems making rounds worldwide with respect to mobile and tablet technologies. Different operating systems have different development procedures. Developers play a major role in identifying all the techniques for application development across various platforms.
The Android OS was constructed as an open source operating system. It was acquired by Google in 2005. The Android development matured into a stable platform in a very quick pace. Android had been created for a uniform experience across many platforms. Android utilizes Linux kernel for core system services and uses Java framework for writing Android applications. The Android applications are developed with flexibility to resolution ratios; support multiple screen sizes, hardware sensors, keyboards, system configurations and OS versions. The recent increase in Android application development is the result of the booming market, with millions of people connected to technology worldwide.
The iOS was developed for the Apple frameworks and uses Objective C for writing iOS applications. The devices that run on iOS are iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Each new version of iOS has been a game changing advancement in terms of a broader and deeper functionality. The iOS development uses user interface elements that are standard and perform similar actions across all the applications. The iPhone has been compared to a mobile computer with applications ranging from chatting and shopping to banking and money making. It uses Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing its applications. These web based applications are a part of the iPhone which are updated or removed by the user any time. The iPhone application development is based on two broad strategies: data abstraction and data interpretation.
The touch screen feature used in both Android and iOS have opened up to enormous user friendly applications. The applications are developed by incorporating the various business and market aspects and there is an exponential increase in the number of new applications that are being developed. The application development companies uses distribution and monetization as key strategies for developing a new application. Free applications have brought more profits than the applications with premiums. Visually appealing application that is flexible across all platforms has more customer preference. They are developed on the basis of risk, cost, appearance, code quality, features and time to market. Active testing on the newly developed applications has been recommended for the maximum end user experience. Each application developed is clearly documented for further updates and enhancement, after all change is only constant.
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