Following up on our two installments of the iOS vs. Android debate, our mobile app development team presents their closing arguments with one final glimpse into what’s in store for the technology community. To recap, our second series argued both operating system’s efforts to sway mobile developers to their individual cause. As a whole, we reasoned iOS currently has a greater influence and appeal to mobile developers. For this discussion, we’re taking an in depth investigation at what 2014 has to offer our two “yin and yang” competitors. 2014 is expected to cause significant mobile disruption – the question is whether our two favorites will lead as game changers or get left behind to ponder what could have been?
Each year iOS and Android compete to outperform one another and this year is no exception in terms of developing new features, faster devices, and better OS’s. Last year, iOS 7 made all the waves while Android’s stranglehold on the market got stronger, from about 74 to 81%; conversely, Apple fell from approximately 14 to 13%. Despite Android dominating the market share, Apple makes more money than all of the Android smartphone makers combined! That said, the results of last year’s numbers may not prove to have any significant impact on 2014. Below are our mobile app development team’s projected improvements for Android and iOS that will allure customers:
There are three main reasons people flock to Android: freedom of customization, more attractive price points are offered, and the wide selection of devices using the operating system. Android’s latest version of the operating system, KitKat, was released in October of last year, but only about 1% of the market is presently using it. That number should increase quite rapidly with the vast assortment of phones to be released this year capable of running KitKat. The fragmentation issue that Android suffers so heavily from is also partially addressed as KitKat will run smoothly on all devices, including those with as low as 512 MB RAM.
Android takes the cake by delivering its customers plenty of device options including varying sizes, resolutions, and power. Some of the upcoming gems include the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5/Note 3/ Round (curved), Sony Xperia Z2/Sirius, LG G3/Flex (curved), and Nokia Lumia 929/Nokia Lumia Icon. All will have the latest and greatest features of Android’s KitKat OS, along with their formidable hardware capabilities. Before the year’s end, our mobile app development team predicts we will see an Android 5.0 release, further pushing the boundaries and hopefully addressing fragmentation and security flaws/issues.
After stretching the 3.5 inch mold late in 2012, Apple has decided to continue that trend. There are several reports that Apple is planning on releasing two massive phones: a 4.5 inch and a 5 inch plus model. Tack on a larger 12 plus inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and potentially the fabled iWatch and it all points to a flood of Apple products. Devoted consumers will most likely gobble these new products up.
Customization is one of the big components lacking in Apple. The one size fit all model has outstayed its welcome, but the iPhone 6 and iOS8 are on the right path to correcting this flaw. The 4 inch iPhone 5 was the first correct step and if the rumors hold true, Apple’s 2014 landscape could contain 3.5, 4, 4.x, and 5.x inch sized iPhones. As far as freedom goes, that is something Apple will probably never fully yield on, but with it comes a security protection that is impossible to have on Android.
After a short exchange of blows, each side is expecting a lot of improvements for 2014. Although it’s a close call, Apple seems to pull into the lead if all of their plans work out. With so many gadgets and options to be released, this could be the first year Apple reclaims shares from an already Android saturated market. With the new choices Apple will offer its users, we foresee this could leverage the playing field quite heavily.
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