So why is Android development slower?

That’s a very good question. We’ve been speculating about this for a long time, and what we’ve managed to figure out is that it’s a combination of a couple of factors:

  • Just more code – applications for Android are written in Java, which is simply a more verbose language
  • Emulators are slower – Android emulators are just slower than iOS simulators.
  • Fragmentation – more devices to test against, more potential vendor-specific bugs
  • XML layouting – on Android, layouts are primarily written manually in XML, so WYSIWYG techniques are used less than on iOS.

Source: Android development is 30% more expensive than iOS. And we have the numbers to prove it! — Infinum

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