The ‘iOS vs. Android’ debate is not new, and it isn’t likely to be settled for the foreseeable future either. We will not get into it either, because each option comes with its own set of unique pros and cons that may or may not work for a company. But we will explore a unique topic today — what do you do when you have already made up your mind about one and then end up changing your opinion later on? Okay, we will simplify it — what if you have already developed an Android app, but wish to address the iOS users as well? What are you supposed to do then? Well, in this porting is the answer to the situation.
Here’s how you can convert an iOS app to Android or even vice-versa.
1. Step number 1 is to find yourself a trusted software development company because there is no shortcut to this, and you will need highly skilled experts to make the switch.
2. Once you have found a development vendor, you will share your existing app’s files with them. They will, then, process them across the entire development chain, UX designers, mobile developers, and more to ensure that your new app gets created after careful planning and consideration it deserves.
Now all this is great, but there are some challenges associated with the process. So, when you set out to convert iOS app to Android, be prepared to face the following problems.
1. The difference in a programming language: This one seems a bit obvious, but given its importance in this context, it deserves mention on the list. Anyway, so both Android and iOS make use of different programming languages: For Android, developers make use of Java, Kotlin, etc. With iOS, on the other hand, developers use Swift, Objective-C, etc.
2. Different screen resolutions and sizes: It is a given that every mobile phone model comes with its own unique set of screen size and resolution. It is especially challenging when switching to Android since the list is rather long. The point is that while converting the app, it is imperative to ensure it includes support for a variety of screen sizes and resolutions.
So far, so good. But the question remains — should you port your iOS app to Android or vice-versa at all? Well, here are some benefits and reasons that can help you decide.
1. No matter which platform you may be switching to, the first and most significant benefit you receive is access to a new audience base. And that, then, translates into a wider audience base if you are switching to Android.
2. Once again, no matter if you are switching to Android or iOS, you gain access to a new and excellent means to revenue: the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Clearly, the choice is individual, but make sure you evaluate it carefully and the factors listed above before taking the plunge.