An­droid ver­sus iOS

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Is An­droid a bet­ter plat­form to de­velop games on or is iOS more lu­cra­tive?

In­dus­try lead­ers feel that An­droid and iOS of­fer dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits. An­droid is an open source plat­form and has an ex­cel­lent API avail­able for app de­vel­op­ment. iOS also has sim­i­lar fea­tures. “Both mo­bile OS providers are main­tain­ing mar­ket­places where people can eas­ily add their apps and mar­ket them to mil­lions of end users. Both providers have brought out ex­cel­lent IDEs for app de­vel­op­ment. When it comes to user ex­pe­ri­ence, iOS is rated a bit higher than An­droid. In the mo­bile do­main, An­droid is more pop­u­lar than iOS, but in the tablet in­dus­try, iOS is the dom­i­nant player,” shares Illyas.

Pradeep feels that at the end of the day, both are sim­i­lar. Be­cause to­day’s de­vel­oper com­mu­nity is look­ing for mul­ti­plat­form de­vel­op­ment in­stead of de­vel­op­ing a game en­tirely on a sin­gle frame­work.

“Such games are called hy­brid games. This hy­brid model of games de­vel­op­ment uses HTML5 tech­nol­ogy to the max­i­mum level, and there are op­tions to make use of the na­tive frame­works to con­vert such games to any kind of plat­form in­stantly, via some process. In fact, of late, nearly 80 per cent of the de­vel­op­ers are now get­ting con­verted, or rather, com­pa­nies are shift­ing ma­jor man­power into HTML5-based tech­nolo­gies from na­tive plat­forms. Though the An­droid and iOS plat­forms play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the mar­ket, HTML5 can ful­fill many re­quire­ments. The na­tive frame­works can take care of post-de­vel­op­ment work af­ter the key logic is de­vel­oped us­ing HTML5. So this is the time for de­vel­op­ing hy­brid en­vi­ron­ments, not only for games, but even for mo­bile apps or the Web. Com­pa­nies like TCS have al­ready started im­ple­ment­ing such method­olo­gies,” says Pradeep.

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