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Research Report: Android Studio Ranks Well Below Xcode, Visual Studio

New research from Strategy Analytics Inc. compared the mobile development environments of Apple, Google and Microsoft, finding that Android Studio ranks far behind the Xcode and Visual Studio IDEs.

The research company rated all three IDEs on a 0 to 5 point scale that uses six metrics: supported languages, publisher quality, available testing tools, gaming capabilities, teamwork, and support for. the platform.

“Apple’s Xcode beats Android on every measure it has been rated on,” Strategy Analytics said in a press release today. “Microsoft is also delivering strong performance, perhaps giving it an opportunity to better court developers on the Windows platform. Developer tools are an important part of platform support and Apple’s end-to-end system for application development to distribution is why the platform has certain of the most advanced applications. ”

Xcode, used for iOS development, scored the highest in testing, as did Visual Studio, which focuses on Windows development but can target multiple platforms. Android Studio fell behind on these test results, as with all other measurements. His main strength, languages, only got a grade of 3.

Assessment of mobile development environments

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Assessment of mobile development environments (source: Strategy Analytics)

The total scores were: Xcode – 22; Visual Studio – 21; and Android Studio – 13.

“Apple’s strong performance is not surprising as they are the market leader in the application space,” Strategy Analytics said. “The strengths of Xcode are its accessibility, with Swift intended for coding novices, and a graphical interface for rapid prototyping.”

Xcode scored the highest of the three IDEs for games, the only ranking in which Android Studio beat a competitor: Visual Studio.

“The gap in gaming capabilities is one of the main reasons Xcode is ranked above other development environments,” the research company said. “Conversely, Visual Studio, the most mature product, bridges the gap because it is the only environment that can be used to code for multiple platforms and also the strength of its editing and testing suite. . ”

Strategy Analytics noted that Android Studio is the least mature of the three environments tested, and that parent company Google appears to recognize its shortcomings and plans to correct them with an updated GUI released in July from the company. Pixate takeover. Pixate is described as “a visual prototyping platform that enables designers to create sophisticated and smooth mobile prototypes that run natively on iOS and Android devices.” Strategy Analytics also said that Google is planning future improvements to its testing tools.

“As applications become a mass market and an important tool for all categories of businesses, having tools that non-technical staff can use becomes increasingly important,” said David Kerr, director of Strategy Analytics . “Artists, media and marketing professionals are all getting more involved in the design and development of applications. Apple and Microsoft deserve kudos for allowing them to have a direct contribution to the design of applications. Google must catch up on the application market. ”

Strategy Analytics issued today’s press release to peddle its $ 3,000 report, “Apple, Google and Microsoft mobile application development environments. ”

For a (free) comparison, the question Xcode-vs.-Android Studio-vs.-Visual Studio was also asked Quora (“it depends …”) and StackShare (where Visual Studio beat the competition in a vote-based assessment).

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David Ramel is editor and writer for Converge360.


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