A look at the upcoming trends in mobile application development

Businesses around the world are considering about every possible way of merging mobility with enterprise apps. A dedicated mobile application development is now becoming a vital portion of whole IT strategy. For many businesses, mobile app is the core part of their IT infrastructure and if it’s not in the core now, it will happen to be there in future.  The mobile-trend is full throttled by people around the world.

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Mobile application development companies are working hard to turn mobile-computing as productive as desktop computing. Better developers, with better tool & technology and well-defined approaches, are now accelerating following trends in mobile app development:

Less requirement of inputting information

No one likes to input information in mobile. Using mobile’s soft keyboard to input information – whether for a search or for filling a form – is a tedious job. Unlike QWERTY keyboard that doesn’t require users to see keys while typing, touch-screen keyboard require users to see every-soft key that they tap on the screen. Software-keywords aren’t convenient enough to effortlessly input even a single word.

I performed a simple test using my old BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard phone and my Android powered smartphone. I took 25 second to write a 27-word sentence but when I wrote the same sentence in my Android powered smartphone, I took 45 seconds. And when I checked the full sentence, there were 2 spelling mistakes too. Auto-suggestion of words automatically selected different words and messed up the whole sentence.

Mobile companies and many mobile app developers have tried hard to make mobile-typing experience as convenient as possible. But this cannot enable the feeling of touching button in software.

The only resolution is that mobile apps should be built with less-requirement of inputting information for any action required.

More apps connecting to geo-location functions

Mobile app developers are working on adding geo-location functions with a variety of apps. Be it a shopping app or a dating app, geo-location has pretty good functions to automate a lot of tasks in these apps. Use of geo-location isn’t limited to finding roads or being navigated from origin of a journey to destination.

How about let an app suggest you dishes at nearby restaurants, cafes and bars etc by using phone geo-location? How about let a geo-location enabled app determine whether or not you are an active person all through the day? There are tens of interesting ways which mobile app developers are using to add geo-location capability to an app.

NFC enabled apps

The trend of NFC enabled apps is on the rise. Apple too has launched its new iPhone devices (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) with NFC function; however it will be for Apple Pay only.  There are a lot of uses of NFC. In commerce, NFC can be used for contactless payment systems similar to credit card and electronic ticket smartcards. NFC also allows two devices to securely and easily contact each other and transfer files and automatically disabling the connection when the task is complete. NFC is also used in various social networking situations like sharing videos, files, photos and entering multiplayer mobile games. With an NFC enabled app, it is possible to promote a phone as an access-identity document.

HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript powered cross-platform/multi-platform apps

HTML5, CSS3 ad JavaScript based hybrid mobile apps abides the concept of WORA (write-once-run-anywhere). Small-medium businesses are going through this mobile application development technology as they have limited fund but want to cover maximum platforms. These are standard web technologies and apps built using them can almost replicated most of the features of native apps. However, web standards have limited scopes when it comes to secure online apps.

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