Does anyone know of any good sites that will help me in determine which OS I should use for developing my app. I"m trying to determine if I should go via Android or IOS, Mobile phone or tablet. I'm working on developing an app for parents and kids to use so I'm trying to see if I can get proper #'s on what's used the most but having difficulty finding the proper stats.
I am not sure there is a specific website with the data you want. But you can consider a few aspects by breaking your question into a few elements, and make a decision from there. Having said that, I believe the best platform to build what you have in mind is the iPad, on iOS, and here is why:
- Size: The larger device (and therefore larger screen) makes it much easier for children to manipulate. Besides, parents won't be giving phones to their kids early in life anyway. They seem to be more open to tablets though.
- Smooth: The iOS systems/devices are in general much smoother than Android ones. Small freezes, bad touch experiences, you name it: On the iOS everything is, simply put, more responsive. Android has its ups too, but smooth in use is definitely not one of them. Children may want try again if something doesn't work, but they won't really understand it. They are not as patient as adults are. So making sure things work the first time they try out is important.
- Peace of Mind: The restrictions for publishing iOS apps on the app store for kids get parents more peace of mind . They can be more sure their kids wont come across any unwanted piece of content. Android is just too open, so don't count on that.
- Compatibility: 85% of iOS users are up to date with their operational system version. This means developers , while building apps, can be more confident that whatever they are using as latest API/SDK features, people will have them. At a much more fragmented state, only 7% of Android users have the latest Android OS on their devices.
I hope these could make good points for you, or at least help you start a further investigation.
Can tell from my own app development experience - start with iOS. It has a more "serious" user base in terms of app adoption. App Store has much less "noise" compared to Android (full of crappy apps). Your app has a higher chance to be noticed in iOS environment and thus grow organically. And finally, iPad/Phone users are way more likely to actually pay for the app. Then if you see that your idea is worthy, create an Android app.
Go with Android.
Why choose? Why not develop for iOS, Android and Windows using a framework like Xamarin that allows you to code once and deploy onto all three environments? With a bit of planning, it's also simple to create adaptive screen layouts that are compatible with both smartphone and tablet form factors.