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Arina Golosovskaya
Arina Golosovskaya 14 March 2018

Mobile App Development Trends in 2018

The end of 2017 was remembered by Apple’s introduction of iPhone X, which can completely change the development trend of iOS. This was not the only astonishing news. Let's discuss the forecasts for mobile app development in 2018. What are the trends?

The end of 2017 was remembered by Apple’s introduction of iPhone X, which can completely change the development trend of iOS. This was not the only astonishing news. Let's discuss the forecasts for mobile app development in 2018. What are the trends?

Augmented reality (AR) Technology

Augmented reality completely changes the perception of conventional applications and games. AR technology in mobile applications in 2018 will receive a new impetus and probably, become mainstream. For example, Microsoft promises to blow up the mass market with its AR-applications.

Beacons

The technology of beacons becomes more widespread and closer to common users. More beacon-based features will be created for them, and more applications - starting from virtual guides, informational sources, ending with location-based games and much more. However, it is unlikely that users expect a technical revolution in this direction. Beacons continue to expand in use cases covering more and more areas where a person could get all the necessary information in the right place without having Internet connection.

Artificial Intelligence

Apple allowed developers to integrate Siri into their applications only in 2017. Soon, artificial intelligence will be utilized for a wide range of activities. So far, only large companies can afford to develop mobile applications with artificial intelligence onboard. In 2018, the rules must change.

Bots

Is not it fun to optimize business processes, simplify everything, and increase profits? Bots will be irreplaceable for both B2C and B2B. Much like the industrial revolution of the XIX century, the bots and make this industry better.

Internet of things (IoT)

The Internet of things isn’t a mysterious technology anymore. Smart houses, smart electric kettles, home appliances and everything that has the prefix "smart" can be combined into a single infrastructure for authorized users. Analysts predict significant changes in this area in 2018.

Security and data protection for application users

Probably, the most important element on this list. Apple's new security requirements are changing mobile development. Google is likely to present something similar for Android. The latest trends in this area, as we wrote above, are connected with blocking. Together with two-factor authentication and other methods, you can significantly increase data protection.

Electronic and Mobile Commerce

On rapidly developing market, mobile payments, crypto-currency wallets and Internet banking have already been rethought. Just need to wait until the middle of 2018 to look at the results.

Games

In 2017, there was a sharp rise of mobile in Asia. The lion's share of installed applications were games. In addition, they are already the most popular category in most countries. However, in 2018, game concepts should be even more spectacular, brighter, and more attractive.

Top programming languages ​​in 2018:

Kotlin

Kotlin was recently introduced by Google as an alternative to the old Java for Android. The language is rapidly gaining popularity. Developers are attracted by simplified syntax and focus exclusively on mobile development.

Swift

Strongly stands on the market and will not give up its positions throughout the entire 2018.

JavaScript

Now, almost everything can be developed using JavaScript. When you have a limited budget, but the list of features is extremely large, only the option of hybrid applications development  is possible. JavaScript is the core of the entire hybrid development on Ionic, React Native

Objective-C

Although Swift has won the hearts of iOS developers, the veteran Objective-C is still alive. Why? This is an extremely powerful language preferred by experienced developers. It is useful not only for iOS mobile development, but also for macOS.

Torah Bright
Torah Bright

Thank you for the useful information. Nowadays it is really important to develop modern apps that will fit all actual mobile app development trends. These basic ways can help to improve my app. I've found some interesting information here: https://mlsdev.com/blog/mobile-app-development-trends-for-2018

James Grills
James Grills

As far as mobile app development is considered, Kotlin and swift are going to become first choice app development platforms for android and ios very soon. Google and apple have a done a good job in introducing these plaforms which are going to make it so much convenient for the app developers.

Apart from that, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and internet of things are the latest innovations to watch out for. Within no time, these are going to find extensive applications in the mobile app world. New payments apps, advanced security features, and beacon technologies are going to the cherry on top.

To be frank, I'm still not getting all this AR thing. Obviously, it looks quite cool when it's implemented by IKEA in its application, Houzz or else, but it doesn't mean that it would become a major thing in mobile development, I don't buy this. But when it comes to languages you've listed here above, I'm totally agree with you. I'm not into coding, to be blunt, just some javascript here and there, but I feel like starting with Kotlin would be kind of huge boost for my skills as well as the company of mine is into developing android applications based on that, despite or dev-department is not big enough, so we're running our projects with the assistance from dedicated <a href="https://www.intellectsoft.net/services/team-extension">software development teams</a> especially from this one, in order to get everything clear and in time. But who knows, maybe we would building some for iOS later, so Swift would be a nice choice to enter as well.

Objective-C still seems turskish to me, but it would come in handy

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