IOS or Android App

Hi All,

I’m working on a new App which will be for both IOS and Android eventually. I’m doing the UX Design and will focus on the IOS first and then amend the signed off designs to be more Android friendly. Does this approach make sense?

Thanks Karl

It certainly does, if you expect majority of your users to be on iOS.

If not, you should definitely design for both platforms from the start. For example, you can “copy” your iOS design to Android periodically, not just later.

It’s important to get the feel for platform specifics. If you copy the design periodically, you lessen the chance of some important interaction simply not working on an Android device.

Thank you

Definitely check your target user base, the biggest split I’ve seen is 67/33% iOS/Android in US healthcare and most common 50/50% for the mainly US enterprise users I work with.

Navigation and menu paradigms are very different and will probably have the biggest effect on any design you do, it would be worth reading up on the differences.

The native controls are much different between iOS and Android, so you may want to factor that in. Especially pickers and list controls. Most of the time this hasn’t impacted my designs drastically since the functionality is mostly the same.

The other potential gotchas are functionality, if you’re strictly working on the visual design you shouldn’t have to worry about this. However, if you’re helping problem solve functionality and the user experience, there’s definitely differences that can make or break feature parity. Each OS handles notifications, alerts, service integration differently. Going through any early workflows with your app developers should help here to spot any blockers or “expensive” designs.


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Thanks for this. This is really useful.


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