The duopoly of mobile Operating Systems is quite transparent. With over 46.68 million iPhone shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2017, Apple is the second-largest smartphone vendor in the world.
In the Q1 of 2017, the Apple App Store hosted 1.75 million active apps. And if sources are to be believed, this number is projected to grow up to 5.06 million by 2020. Also, Apple confirms that this second largest app store had 180 billion app downloads in the Q1.
The current smartphone market is dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. In the first quarter of 2017, 379.97 million smartphones were shipped worldwide; 327.16 (Android), 51.99 (iOS), 0.82 (others).
With this, mobile apps are and would be the smartphone essential, for sure. Statistics for the year 2017 (Q1) unveil that Google Play Store is home to 2.8 million apps while the iOS Store to 2.2 million apps.
Smartphones are here to stay and we can predict that they are going nowhere in the next two decades at least. Following this, we can claim that there would be high dependency on mobile apps for managing day-to-day tasks, entertainment, businesses, health monitoring etc. This is one of the reasons why mobile app development is a lucrative career options these days.
Apple hosted its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2017. CEO, Tim Cook along with his key executives took the stage and announced their new addons to MacBook, Apple TV, and iPhone. While the highlights from keynote session unfolded Apple’s roadmap for the year, what managed to hold the interest was the launch of iOS 11.
Old languages never die they just fade away but development companies who stick with old languages are bound to see an early grave. While Apple hasn’t stated all its goals for the language yet, the launches of Xcode 6, Playgrounds, and Swift together signal Apple’s intent to make app development easier and more approachable than with any other development tool chain.
According to report from IDC, 82.8% of the mobile devices are running on Android, while iOS powers 13.9% of the devices. It may seem that Android is far ahead of iOS, but the truth is that the Apple devices, which run on iOS, are favoured by the premium consumers, the ones who have the real paying power.
The question of "which platform to build an app for first" has been a popular one for the past five years. Now with the rise of startups the questions has become even more pertinent and paramount.
Ever since Apple unveiled its 8th major release of the iOS mobile operating system - iOS 8 on September 17, 2014, mobile Application developers have started working out on major App redesign while introducing performance enhancements & user interface improvements in their newly launched iOS Apps. This is because the performance of your mobile App, be it good or bad, greatly impacts your ROI, affecting the bottom-line of your business.
Over the last few years we have been hearing stories of Android's tremendous growth as a mobile operating system. Recent surveys showed that Android devices account for close to three-fourth of all smartphones in the world. Now if you thought it's all about Android everywhere, here is some food for thought - Apple iOS accounts for almost as much user base on Facebook as compared to Android. It is quite an achievement for one of the world's most popular mobile operating systems which has always been known for its classiness but has not had the numbers on its side for the last few years.