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Android App to iOS: Things to Keep in Mind while Porting

The article showcases the things to keep in mind while porting an android mobile app to the iOS app.

We can’t veil or hide the fact that Android, at the moment, enjoys the most significant share in the global operating software market. That is for everyone to see. But a growing number of people are turning to iOS, i.e., the second most popular OS in the world. So, even though some businesses may opt to start with just Android app development, if they genuinely want to tap into the real potential of the market, they will have to turn to iOS at one point or another.

Okay, so while it is excellent when one decides to optimize the reach and potential of their app by porting their Android app to iOS as well, but the truth is that this task is easier said than done. What we mean to say is that given that Android and iOS are two very distinct OS, the apps that you offer for each of them are bound to be quite distinctive as well. It, in turn, makes the entire concept of porting to iOS a “tad” more than just a simple copy paste job. So, if you want to ensure the best results at the end of the process and ensure a seamless process of porting an Android app to iOS, there are certain factors that one must keep in mind. For your convenience, we have listed some of the most crucial factors that you simply can not afford to ignore while porting your app to iOS.

1. Design and UI: No matter how much you may want to avoid, there is simply no escaping the fact that you will have to work on the app’s user interface from scratch while porting to iOS. It is because while Android makes use of ‘Material design,’ Apple uses ‘Flat design.’ Basically, in iOS, the design is minimalist and doesn’t include modern elements, like 3D graphics. So, when you are putting together the plan for the switch, make sure that the new design that offers awesome UI are accounted for.

2. App architecture: Yet another vital consideration while porting between Android and iOS is the oldest version the app will support. So, before you start working on the iOS app’s architecture, make sure that you determine the lowest version of iOS that it will help and then process accordingly. Why this is so important while porting to iOS is because you are not building two different apps; what you are doing is making the same app for a different platform. In such a scenario, it is vital to ensure that while the apps deliver a similar look and feel on both OS, they should also be highly functional.

3. Navigation: There is a massive difference in how one navigates on Android devices and iOS devices. So, be sure to factor that in, integrate iOS-specific elements, and more.

The task of porting your app is decidedly complicated, which is why it is recommended that you get in touch with a skilled vendor for iOS mobile application development.

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A professional and security-oriented programmer having more than 6 years of experience in designing, implementing, testing and supporting mobile apps developed. Being techno geek, I love to read & share about the latest updates in technology including but not limited to IoTs, AI, application development, etc. In my free time, I like to play football, watch movies and explore new places. I have been learning mobile app development since 2012. With having a good understanding of programming languages, I develop native as well as web apps for both iOS & Android using latest tools & technologies. I am also having experience in both front-end & back-end development.

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