The current market leaders in the Smartphones space are undoubtedly iPhone and Android, but things is likely to evolve in the years to come.
The highly competitive mobile industry is getting warmer nowadays, as the Android and iPhone are being matched in the spotlight.
Even though the portfolio of both these market leaders is similar in many phases, a comparison still arises as to which stands out in the mobile world; as Android’s UI conventions are different from iPhone’s. However, finding out which OS best for you before investing could be a real challenge.
When we talk about an app’s design, we are talking about two main components. These two components are the user experience (UX) design and user interface (UI) design.
UX design is all about the goals of the app, such as which features to include and how the user will accomplish those goals. Whereas, the UI design is what that experience looks like visually. That includes the colors, textures, and fonts used to craft the visual style of the app.
In designing iPhone and Android apps, both of those design components are critical and go hand in hand.
Here are a few easy tips by Carmelo Cerrelli which will help you design your iPhone and Android app UI’s in a better and far more efficient way
Design Tips For iPhone
A website wireframe, also known as a screen blueprint, is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website. So it is very imperative not to attempt to design an iPhone app without spending some time wireframing first.
Use LiveView Screencaster
Live View is an iPhone app created by Nicholas Zambetti, that simply lets your iPhone replicates what is on your screen by allowing you to repeatedly check how your design looks on your iPhone.
Keep Your Artwork Vector Base
Make sure you use vector based elements while designing for an iPhone interface by keeping all of your layer style vector based while adding gradients and shadows wherever possible.
Design Tips For Android
Stick to the UI Guidelines
Make sure you study Google’s interfaces carefully, in order to get familiar with its suggested guidelines for Android app design and development.
Create Reliable Mock-Ups
Visual design is extremely imperative in the perceived quality of an app. Mock-ups are the best way to communicate visual design to the developer responsible for implementation of an app.
Make Your App Distinctive
Keep in mind that there are thousands of apps on the Android Market, so you have to make sure to stand out between all the similar offerings as people always prefer different things. Build a great app that people with character enjoy apps that fit their personality along with good UI design.
Based on Carmelo Cerrelli’s analysis on both iPhone and Android UI designs, he came to this conclusion: that each device’s technical specification and UI guidelines as well as concept phases would be very similar regardless of platform.