07 Feb
5 min
Mobile App

Difference between Android and iPhone apps

Android 12 is here and the iOS 15 update was rolled out earlier. Now the question arises which operating system should we choose for your app development. For years every app development has had this question in common. What is the difference between Android and iOS apps?

For instance, if your app development requires high security, a higher return on investment, and a filtered audience then you should prioritize iOS over Android apps. The reason behind this is that the average price of an iPhone is $758 and the average price of an Android phone is $216 so you directly get a filtered audience whose payroll is obviously more than the average price of an iPhone.

Android apps have more customization as compared to iOS apps. There are more personalized options available in Android app development as compared to iOS app development. Thanks to the cross-platform app development approach now you can create two different apps with one single code. Now let’s dig deeper into what are the technical differences between Android and iOS apps.

Difference between Android and iOS apps:

Programming languages

Android apps are mainly developed in two languages Java and Kotlin. While iOS apps are developed in Swift and Objective-C. The main difference between these languages is that iOS apps require less writing of code as compared to Android apps. That’s why iOS app projects are completed faster as compared to Android apps. Swift language has higher-interaction interfaces.

However, the Swift language is limited to iPhone users only. If you choose a cross-platform app by choosing Java as your language. The scope of Java is not just limited to mobile apps. This language is also compatible with web apps, so choosing Java would be a perfect choice if you opt for a cross-platform or hybrid app approach.


The most striking difference between iOS and Android apps is design strategy. Android design principles are different from iOS principles. The iPhones have their own OS and the scope of this OS is limited to iPhone users only so there are limited screen sizes and resolutions in iPhone app development.

The scope of Android is not limited. There are on average 1300 brands worldwide that are using Android as their OS so android app developers have to adapt their design strategy for each device and screen size. Here is the list of things you should keep in mind for designing apps:

  • Navigation bar
  1. In iOS apps, the navigation bar is generally kept on the top.
  2. In Android apps, the navigation bar is kept on the left side.
  • Menu 
  1. Generally, in iOS apps, the menu is a palace at the bottom.
  2. In Android apps, the menu is kept as a drawer indicated with three lines or dots.
  • Pop-up notification
  1. In iOS apps there are two options one is alert and another one is action sheet.
  2. In Android apps, there are two options available: turn off the notification and alert.
  • Back button
  1. iPhone apps are popular with the back hierarchically through the apps.
  2. In Android apps, you have to use the real back button.

Navigation creates a sense of flow in mind and it is a vital thing to consider for getting popular in the app market. You should choose the right design for getting conversions and keeping your users engaged in your application.

Monetization model

Despite having a lot of opportunities in money-making, iPhone apps are more focused on purchased apps whereas the majority of Android apps make money from ad monetization. Both the OS have in-app purchases hidden benefits for making profits. If you have a strategy that offers premium subscriptions then a free download is beneficial. If your app development idea is irreplaceable and it addresses the perfect pain points of the users then introducing a paid app will be beneficial. It all comes down to the unique ideation and your target audience.


As such there might be no success unless and until you derive your targeted audience. For instance, you can start with what is your ideation? Who’s a problem is going to solve with your app? Who is your targeting audience? Here are some parameters you can consider:

You already know the average price of iPhone and Android phones. It derives that if your ideation has a solution for luxury then your target audience will be iPhone users. If your ideation has customization and personalization then your target audience will be Android users. On average, the annual income of iPhone users is greater than $2,00,000 and on average they spend 64 hours of their time using mobile phones. By knowing this parameter you can make the right decision about your targeted audience. The research of every ideation is different. You should have an in-depth case study about your ideation.

App development timeline

Considering the above things we now have clear your mind about which app development should we choose and what is the difference between both the OS. Now the final question comes to mind how much time does it take for app development?

The time for app development will vary according to the features and functionalities of your application. However due to code complexity and the need for writing more code the android app development takes 30 to 40 more time as compared to iPhone apps. iPhone apps are more secure. Android apps are more customizable and more personalized. As Android apps take more time in-app development the cost is also more.

iOS app submission is strict. You can submit your app only one time in the iOS app store for reviewing your app. As iOS apps are focused on security this app is reviewed by experts and it takes a week to review your application. While in Android apps there are multiple submissions for shorter periods and they are automatically resubmitted.


Android and iOS apps both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you are targeting luxury and elegance you should choose iOS. If your target audience is teenagers and college goings and your app have personalized features you can choose Android. iPhone apps are backed with security and a luxury look. Android apps are backed with the customization and personalized features. You should study an in-depth analysis of your targeted audience. So this blog has cleared your mind about which app development platform you should choose according to your targeted audience.

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