Is becoming a iOS developer or a Android Developer better career option?
No matter which platform you choose to learn first, there’s a basic principle of mobile development you should master: the Model View Controller (MVC) pattern, which dictates the process a mobile developer follows during development. In this three-tiered structure, the business logic, screens, and assets are managed separately in different files and directories within the same project. The three-tiered MVC development approach can be summarized into three key steps:
- Screen design. The design screens analysis is done and the native controls (“Views”) are finalized, which leads to the implementation of the designs in the application’s UI.
- Add the design assets. The proper assets are added to the project and static binding of these assets to the UI Views is done.
- Programming the app functionality. Finally, the business logic for application is written in programming language like Java (Android) or Swift (iOS).
Once a developer is familiar with MVC design and its principles, here are some other things to consider that might help a developer select a mobile operating system to specialize in.
1. Time to learn
Android and iOS both have different complexities and standards, which result in different learning times for both. iOS is a mature operating system compared to Android, and it has a predefined set of standards and rules. iOS strictly follows the rules, which often makes App Store approval difficult. iOS also has pretty good tools, like the newer Swift programming language, which makes its learning time potentially shorter.
2. Development tools
iOS offer Xcode which is better and more polished than the android counterpart “Android Studio”
3. Hardware requirements
Android Studio is compatible with most major operating systems like Windows, OS X, and Linux. Android applications can be developed on a Windows machine, Linux, or on a Mac, but iOS isn’t as flexible. Xcode was designed only to run on Mac machines, so you’ll have to arrange for a Mac computer for iOS development because you cannot develop an iOS application on a Windows/Linux machine.
For iOS development, developers are required to subscribe to Apple’s membership program to publish apps to the App Store. Apple offers different programs with different requirements. An individual developer program costs around $100 a year, which may be a lot for a freelance developer who’s just building their business. On the other hand, Android doesn’t require any kind of subscription or membership program for development. But in order to publish an application, the Google Play store charges a one-time $25 registration fee.
SO, WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
After comparing some leading features of iOS and Android development, on one hand iOS may seem like a better option for a beginner without much prior development experience. But if you do have prior desktop or web development experience, I would recommend learning Android development.