If you’re looking for ways to transition your app from Android to iOS or vice versa, it’s likely that your app startup is experiencing significant growth. Making the initial decision to develop your project for a single platform in terms of time and financial investments was a strategic choice. However, the process of converting an Android app to iOS or vice versa may present challenges. In this blog post, AHT Tech will provide a detailed guide on how to convert an Android app to iOS. Are you ready to embark on this journey?
Why Convert an Android App to iOS?
Before delving into the detailed conversion process, let’s explore the reasons behind this transition and how to ensure the success of your app. Consider the following factors:
1. Positive App Indicators and Metrics
Base your decision on measurable metrics such as the number of downloads, active app users, and more.
2. Current Market
Evaluate the market share of iOS and Android users to ensure your decision aligns with your target audience.
Advantages of Converting an Android App to iOS:
- Market Share Expansion: Tap into a new user base and increase market share.
- Feature Enhancement: Adapting to the new platform allows for the addition of features, and optimization of the product.
- Boost ROI: Introduce new monetization models with the potential for increased returns.
Important Differences to Consider
Understanding the disparities between Android and iOS operating systems is crucial for a successful conversion process:
1. Fragmentation of OS Versions
Account for the differences in OS versions and ensure compatibility with the most widely used versions.
2. Distinctive Device Sizes
Consider the variety in screen sizes when designing and developing to ensure proper display on different devices.
3. Device Buttons and Navigation
Take into account the variations in device buttons and navigation methods between Android and iOS platforms.
4. Programming Languages
Recognize the differences in programming languages – Swift and Objective-C for iOS, and Kotlin and Java for Android.
Methods to Convert an Android App to iOS
1. Approach #1: MechDome
If you lack an experienced iOS development team, MechDome offers a convenient solution. Follow these steps:
- Upload your compiled Android APK in a compatible format.
- Choose between creating an iOS app for simulation or a real device.
- MechDome will swiftly convert your Android app to an iOS app, optimizing it for your chosen device.
Benefits of MechDome:
- Time-saving iOS development.
- Maintain a single codebase for the Android app.
- Simplified upgrades to the latest iOS versions.
2. Approach #2: J2OBJC
This method involves using the open-source tool “J2ObjC,” which requires a skilled iOS development team. Steps include:
- Keep Java source code inside an iOS application.
- No need to edit generated files containing non-UI code.
- Write iOS UI code separately with an experienced iOS development team.
Requirements for J2ObjC:
- JDK 1.8 or higher.
- Mac laptop with OS X 10.11 or higher.
- Xcode 7 or higher.
Note: J2ObjC does not assist with UI coding, necessitating extensive custom development.
In conclusion, the choice between MechDome and J2ObjC depends on factors such as time, complexity, and team expertise. If you find the process challenging, AHT Tech offers expertise in converting Android apps to iOS. Visit our [Mobile Application Development Services](insert link) or leave your contact information [here](insert link) for assistance.