Sunday, October 9, 2011

Developer view: Why Android apps more expensive than iOS apps?

Some of you may asking the question above. As developer coming from iOS app, I will give you some of the reasons.

1. Developing android apps is a pain compare with iOS apps
Here is some of the reasons why developing Android apps is such a pain:

a. Simulator
The simulator is slow. It's 2011, and you need to wait around 3 - 6 minutes to see the small changes you made. Compared with iOS, it took maximum 1 minute.

b. Screen sizes
There are 4 type of screen sizes in Android, which are small screen, medium screen, large screen, and extra large screen. Each type has a range size. From the developer guide, small screen has AT LEAST 426x320. The medium screen AT LEAST 470x320, the large screen AT LEAST 640x480, the extra large screen (usually tablet) has AT LEAST 960x720.

Compared with iOS, Apple only have 2 screen sizes for iPhone and 1 screen size of iPad. The important thing is, if you only deal with 1 screen size in iPhone, your UI Design will work on all the iPhones. The different between iPhone 4 and below is a matter of the resolution.

c. Eclipse is suck
No other reason.

d. You need more device to test
At least, you need 2 devices to test your app. Currently I only have 1. But I don't want to buy another device until I really get what I'm expected.

2. Not all developers allow to sell the app
Until now, only developers from 29 countries can sell application in Android market. So google only allows developer from "3rd countries" to create Free apps. Because it's free application, no wonder the quality of their apps is so-so.

But many of them, like myself, is using a friend from 29 countries above and sell the apps under their friend name. The consequent is, their friend is asking for a percentage. Google took 30%, and a friend took around 10%. So the developer get only 60% from the actual price. 

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