Android Passes Apple: What does it Means for Developers
A report recently from Silicon Alley Insider reports that “of all the smartphones sold in Q3, 44% of them ran Android. Meanwhile, only 22% ran RIM and 23% were iPhones.” It appears in the closing months of 2010 Android is going to continue its dominance.
There are two times more Android-based mobile phones than Apple. Statista confirms in 2023, Android has held onto its market share of 71.8% to Apple’s 27.6 %.
The real question this data poses is what it means for developers? Keep innovating. Apple is alive and well and has grown its revenue by 400% in the past ten years. In 2022 Apple’s sales were $394.33 billion. It’s safe to say developers have plenty of incentive to keep the focus and beat the competition with more features and provide a higher value proposition.
Here is one of our most-read articles – the iPhone invention and how it has changed mankind. The move from desktop to mobile is picking up pace however, Apple brand enthusiasts love everything Apple, including their desktops like the iMac.
Before ditching your Apple laptop or desktop, consider how much easier it is to use the keyboard. Desktops are here for a while yet, and for some industries, many years to come.
If you are considering a change from Apple to Android, consider your specific business and individual preferences rather than what is trending.
Your priorities are not the same as other users.
Apple devices like iPhones and iPads are often considered more secure due to their tightly controlled ecosystem and regular software updates. The iOS platform has robust security features, including strong encryption and app sandboxing. This can be particularly important for businesses that handle sensitive data. However, Android has made significant strides in recent years to improve its security measures.
For your use, knowing Apple have security sorted their mobile may be the obvious choice.
Device and software integration
Apple devices are known for their seamless integration within the Apple ecosystem. If you already use other Apple products like Mac computers or iPads, an iPhone can enhance productivity and streamline workflows.
Android, on the other hand, offers more device variety and allows for greater customization options.
The Apple App Store generally has a reputation for having a larger selection of high-quality business applications than the Google Play Store. However, Android has a wider variety of apps overall and is more flexible regarding sideloading applications from outside the official app store.
Android devices tend to have a broader range of price points, including more affordable options, which may benefit budget-conscious business users.
Apple devices are generally more expensive, especially for the latest models. However, consider the iPhone 14 it comes with features you’d expect on a Garman, so you can ditch the Garman when you are hiking and just take your phone.
Consider the software and services your business relies on. Some enterprise software or specialized applications may be more readily available or better optimized for one platform over the other. Assessing compatibility with your existing systems can influence your decision.
User Interface and Experience
Apple is known for its user-friendly interface and smooth user experience. The iOS platform is generally considered more intuitive and easier to navigate. On the other hand, Android offers greater customization options and allows for more granular control over settings.
Android has more users, but this does not suggest it is a better phone.
Ultimately, the “better” platform for business people depends on individual needs and preferences. It can be helpful to assess factors such as security, integration, app availability, pricing, compatibility, and user experience before deciding. Additionally, consider seeking feedback from colleagues or industry peers who use either platform to gain insights into how each option may align with your business requirements.