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Android vs. iOS: A Developer's Perspective

Mar 09, 2011, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jun Auza)

"Recent statistics estimate that 300,000 Android devices are being activated everyday. This increasingly growing number of Android users is perhaps the biggest motivation to Android app developers as it provides them with one of the widest markets for users to access their apps. The steady adoption of Android by device manufacturers that produce tablet computers, smartphones, and other gadgets serve as an assurance that the platform is here to stay and developers can prepare for greener pastures in the near future.

"As a developer on any platform, you want to develop your applications at the lowest cost, utilizing free resources as often as you can. The Android platform, unlike iOS, is an open source platform and this fact has made developers take a liking to the Android platform, as compared to the iOS platform. Google develops Android and the company has taken huge steps in open-sourcing the technology and knowledge resources developers need to build apps on their platform. This includes Android documentation, which is very extensive and exposes developers to nearly everything. Unlike the iOS documentation that hides important aspects from developers."

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