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Ramki Jeyam
Ramki Jeyam 29 June 2017

Recent Game Changing Trends in Mobile Application Development

Do you know? “By 2017, the number of application downloads is expected to hit 268.69 billion.” (Source: Statistia). We are becoming more reliant on mobile apps than anything else. The other day I came across a video by Apple titled APPOCALYPSE that showcased a world without mobile apps. The video neatly summarises that utter chaos will be the order of the day in a world where there will be no apps.

Do you know? “By 2017,  the number of application downloads is expected to hit 268.69 billion.” (Source: Statistia)

We are becoming more reliant on mobile apps than anything else. The other day I came across a video by Apple titled APPOCALYPSE that showcased a world without mobile apps. The video neatly summarises that utter chaos will be the order of the day in a world where there will be no apps.

Mobile app development is on a high. There is no stopping it. With every single day it is progressing forward with a new invention or innovation.

If you are a mobile app development company, an app enthusiast or an ardent tech geek, here are some mobile app development trends you must know about.

#1 IoT connectivity

IoT will connect Billions of devices and help users command them easily using their smartphones or other remote sensors. The demand for mobile applications to control, manage and monitor these connected devices is climbing a sharp incline.

From heavy-duty manufacturing entities who want to manage power grids to homeowners who want to control their garage doors, mobile app development for IoT is one of the biggest trends that is commonplace now. There is a significant rise in the number of healthcare apps that connect with wearable devices like smartwatches to collect user health stats on a real-time basis.

#2 Immersive Technologies

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are the next biggest stride in mobile app development that is yet to happen. In fact, Apple is seen to be undercutting every other rival with a series of acquisitions and app releases that have AR at its core. According to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, AR feels “Augmented Reality Will Be As Big As the iPhone.”

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Currently in minority, once commonplace, Augmented Reality apps would transform several industries like defence, education, scientific research, manufacturing among many others through immersive displays.

#3 Artificial Intelligence

Cognitive Computing, Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and much more will build a world that is artificially intelligent. Our apps will have greater intelligence to deliver search results or suggest notifications that we might just be thinking about. Past behaviour, routines and patterns will be stored, analyzed and digested by artificial intelligence enabled apps to deliver superior customer service.

Google - home to some of the biggest innovations of the tech world has already invested Billions into Artificial Intelligence. Google has already amassed knowledge in machine learning through its Google Now and Google voice search to compete heads on with other players venturing into AI including Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

#4 Android Instant

There is one thing I hate (and most of us) hate about Android apps. The lengthy installation process. What if we can get on using an Android app straight from the Play Store without ever having to install it? Sounds fancy? Well, that is what the boffins at Google are attempting to achieve with Android Instant apps.

Android Instant Apps can be used without installation, can be accessed from anywhere and works on all Android 6.0 and later devices. No more running out of system memory trouble. The platform is already open for developers to create and publish their apps.


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#5 Wearable apps

The market size of wearable devices will grow by 20%, claims recent report by International Data Corporation (IDC). The massive increase in wearable device adoption will have an impact on mobile app development.

Mobile app development companies will not have to develop mobile apps that can connect, communicate and exchange information with wearable devices. Mobile app developers will also have to play with multiple low-latency connectivity modes like BLE, Wifi, NFC, etc. to make mobile apps work on wearables.

FInal Words

Mobile app development is a dynamically evolving domain. Change is the only constant. These trends hint at how user expectations will change in the coming days and how a mobile app development company or a developer must switch their development strategy to better reach their users. An app that taps into these trends and delivers superior UX can be the next biggest chartbuster in the app market.

Mobile app development is a dynamically evolving domain. Mobile app development is slowly transforming from being made for the masses to specific purpose usage like for enterprise. Sid D, CEO of VDartDigital in his recent Entrepreneur article about Enterprise Mobility considers mobile app development to be the road to digital transformation.

These trends hint at how user expectations will change in the coming days and how a mobile app development company or a developer must switch their development strategy to better reach their users. An app that taps into these trends and delivers superior UX can be the next biggest chartbuster in the app market.

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