After publishing apps to the Apple App store, and now the Google Play store, I can finally voice my opinion about which was a better experience for me. While both stores offer various different perks, one was definitely easier, and much faster than the other. Let's go over some of the basics:
- Apple App Store review & approval time: 5 days
- Google Play Store review & approval time: 2 hours
- Apple submission difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10: 8 or 9 (depends on how technically savvy you are)
- Google submission difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10: 2 to 3 (if you can set up a YouTube account, you can submit an app)
- Apple guidelines: Pretty strict and rejections are common
- Google guidelines: Very reasonable and rejections are rare
So what does this mean exactly? Well for one, it's obvious that submitting an app to the Google Play store is easier, faster and less prone to rejection. But it also means that Google is allowing developers to submit more apps, faster than Apple does. This can be both good and bad. Apple is very selective as to what apps it allows on it's store, which leads to less clutter. This strict selective process can also hurt other developers who work hard on apps only to be rejected. The amount of know how needed to submit an app to Apple, is quite extensive. One small error will lead to a rejection, and there are a lot of ways to make a small error.
The real question here is, what is better? A fast approval, or a more strict submission process, to weed out all the garbage. Most will argue that Apple's process is quite fair, and I agree. With all of the strict guidelines, Apple users love the apps, and this is because Apple reviews each one carefully. They actually assign a case worker to each app individually to give it a fair chance. Also, they communicate with developers via email, and are quick to list what the errors were (if any) that caused a rejection. Once you submit the app again without the errors, they are pretty fast to approve the app (if there are no more errors).
All in all, both Apple & Google have a great platform for developers to showcase their apps. From testing apps on both iPhone's and Android phones I feel as though apps work better on iPhones. More responsive to touch, faster, cleaner, and less prone to errors. Maybe that's why Apple is so strict. They want to give the users a beautiful experience.
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