Mobile gaming is a thriving industry, estimated to make $140 billion in 2023, and that number should grow to over $170 billion in 2026. With countless games, apps, peripherals, and options, it may seem overwhelming to the average user. The hardware and software requirements for games have pushed the industry to improve and adapt, offering more powerful phones with better capabilities, but the question remains: “Which one is best for me?” The two largest gaming ecosystems are iOS and Android, and unless you wish to get both, we are here to solve your dilemma.
iPhone has a tighter grasp on its ecosystem, more streamlined regulations, and a strict policy on what kind of app can appear on the App Store. You’ll see this argument come a lot as we progress through the analysis, as it is one of Apple’s stronger arguments. Apple’s focus on security protocols, reliability, and fixes offers, which all offer a safe environment for devs and players of any game type, and players can even game in casinos that provide complete anonymity, thanks to the safe environment.
Storing, processing, and managing personal, financial, and sensitive data is up to Apple’s high standards, so if you are the type of player who enjoys casino games, Apple is the perfect pick. On the other hand, Android is the next item on our list going for them.
The Android app environment is more open-minded, with far looser regulations and reaction time than Apple. This means that you can use emulators on Android to play games from Sega, Nintendo, Playstation, and even some PCones. If your phone is powerful enough, with Android there is virtually no end to the amount of customization and external peripherals you can use.
Android phones are then treated like consoles, and you have far greater freedom to customize your gaming experience. With so many open-source apps, the game catalog is bigger, but only if you wish to tinker. On the other hand, Google’s moderation is slower and lenient compared to Apple, and its quality can fluctuate compared to the iPhone games. This leads us to the topic of quality VS quantity.
Historically speaking, Apple has the edge over Android, as it offers a uniform experience with a curated environment. When Apple releases the latest iPhone, it is unified worldwide in its hardware and software specs, making developers’ lives easier. Devs usually choose Apple over Android for their early access games, premium AAA game releases, and updates, as it’s easier to make everything we’ve listed.
Of all purchases made inside the Apple environment, 48% of accounts have made in-app purchases, and 37% have paid for an app download. To be fair, over 90% of apps in the Apple store are free but have in-app purchases. Compared to Google 97% of free apps and 3% of paid-ups, it’s easier to see where AAA dev’s focus lies.
As always, consistency trumps chance, as because of Apple’s uniform environment, high standards and security, and ease of development, users and devs know what to expect. Games made for the latest iPhone run the same on all of them. Games made for the latest Android heavily depend on the hardware spec of the manufacturer, and waiting for patches, fixes, and updates can take far longer.
Everything so far leads to a better user experience on the Apple games side, as a uniform approach almost guarantees that all bugs, problems, and issues are ironed out for most of the users. However, such a system has flaws, as advanced users and those with a specific taste can not do anything outside the rules, making Android a better choice for them.