Many businesses follow a strategy where they develop iOS app first before developing Android OS. They release the iOS app in the App store and based on the feedback and success from the iOS app, they decide to build an Android app. Android is growing strong in the market and takes a lion share of 81.7% in contrast to iOS which acquire 17.9%. Though iOS is often seen as very developer-friendly Android has mass appeal and a huge audience reaches.
But the two platforms are very distinct and what work for the one doesn’t work for the other. Thus, porting or converting iOS apps to Android, one needs to be very cautious and take a careful approach following best practice. You can consult an Android app development company to implement the conversion.
How To Port an iOS App To Android?
It takes a significant amount of redesign to port on Android. The design philosophy is also very different of Android and iOS ecosystems. You will need to keep the same structure, content, and graphics but must develop from the ground for Android.
While porting from iOS to Android, some common UI elements are helpful to reduce development time and increase usability. Keep in mind how data and graphics give on much larger and smaller screens. There are more than 24,000 Android devices in the market and it is impossible to get full test coverage. So, test on a number of devices with both low and high-powered processors.
Android OS Versions
DeviceAtlas offers detailed analytics on the market share of Android OS and this is a good tool to research your market. Some developers make iOS difficult for customers to upgrade to latest OS versions. So, the users sometimes have to stick with an older version.
Apple has the feature to make the cut round corners on buttons. Google doesn’t do these features on native Android apps. Android toggles, tabs, and buttons look towards a ‘square’ look. So, don’t reconstruct the roundedness and smooth edges of iOS when upgrading your app. Avoid using iOS design tools and you may use drawing tool from Photoshop, Balsamiq, Visio, or even draw the wireframes manually.
Don’t make the mistake by thinking you can boost your iOS Objective-C code and recompile it for Android. Android apps are largely built on Java. There are several tools that help translate the business logic from Objective-C to Java. You can reuse the code on android if the iOS app uses the vanilla versions of C.
While redesigning for Android app, you need to support a number of screen sizes. Google provides a layout tool that helps the developer create an app that looks great on any screen. Designers can build visual assets for a common aspect ratio and then the engineer can create additional screen sizes with code.
Compiled Objective-C is somewhat faster than Java. You need to give focus to those elements on your app which are time-sensitive. You can do certain hacks like using native C code or alternative techniques to avoid Java garbage collection.
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