The battle of the better smartphone between iOS and Android devices is a popular debate among everyone who has a phone. However, as much as you have all the reasons to make one side win over the other, this article is not about that. Of course, we’re concerned more about how learning iOS or Android will benefit you as a tech pro.
First thing’s first: Which should you choose to learn first?
Basically speaking, this question mirrors the classic “Android smartphone wins” argument. Compared to iOS-based development, Android can give you a better grasp of mobile development because you’re allowed to do more modifications and “freedom to solve problems”. Unlike its counterpart, output also isn’t limited to the App Store. Due to its complex nature, Android developers might find it easier to learn iOS afterwards. On the other hand, iOS developers are limited in default behaviors for views and apps. The fact that the screens are specifically made for a drag and drop graphical interface can also be restricting.
Next, which is more in demand?
In terms of job availability and demand for these jobs, it has been quite even for both Android and iOS. There is an abundance of both in the country as well.
Finally: Which pays better?
However, regardless of the skills you would learn when developing Android, being an iOS developer may earn you money abroad. In San Francisco, an iOS developer with at least 5 years of experience can earn an average of $83,500 to $112,500 while an Android developer (with the same years of experience), earns lower at $76,500 to $104,000.
In the Philippines, however, Android and iOS user salaries do not have that much disparity. According to the ICTjob.ph Salary Barometer, Juniors can earn Php 20,000 to 25,000 for either iOS and Android. For mid-level IT pros, Android users earn as much as PHP 25,000-50,000, with iOS developers maxing out at PHP 60,000. Seniors, however, can get the most earnings at PHP 80,000.
Android vs iOS, what’s your pick?
In terms of skill, Android seems like the best pick, but in terms of salary, iOS wins by a notch — unless you plan to go overseas, of course. At the end of the day, it’s still true that learning either of the two will be beneficial and rewarding to your career.
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