When the smartphone era began, many experts predicted it as a revolution in computing. They were all true. Today, we are living in that same revolution and yet, a lot of things have to happen. Smart mobility, being turning out to be the core of whole computing, is gathering more and more to its realm. It will not stop now. It will live long.
Back in 2012, desktop PC world found it hard to believe what ComScore discovered. The American global media measurement and analytics company presented data that indicated “mobile users would surpass desktop users in 2014.” It has also turned true now.
Needless to say, the whole mobility moves around apps. No smartphones will remain smart enough if they do not have apps. It is apps that make a smartphone really smarter. Leading platforms Android and iOS individually houses more than 2 million of apps. Think of a task that you believe your smartphone can do and you will certainly find one or more than one app on app stores of respective devices.
Mobile apps are resulted out of the process called mobile app development. The modern process of developing apps has now come to long way. Apps can be developed for almost every business type; from B2B to B2C to C2C. Apps aren’t only the easiest form of software but they also have capacity to serve as an all-inclusive tool for businesses and individuals.
Mobile app development technologies have been progressive since beginning and it’s still evolving. Every year a new feature or function is launched that becomes the USP of a new device and app development.
There are certain USPs of the app development for the coming year: 2017. Let’s learn about them.
More apps to come with location-based services (LBS)
With GPS becoming a common standard of every smartphone, developers will more innovatively use location-based feature in apps. Technology of LBS is still evolving to deliver more reliable, accurate, and real-time information of locations. We will see apps creatively using LBS such as informing users that a particular store in their current location is selling on discounts and offers.
We will also see implementation of LBS for indoor mapping, location specific payment portals, retails offers, navigation, security features, travel & tourism and a lot more. Beacons are already becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Although current LBS technology rapidly drains battery of a device but in 2017 we will of course expect new advancements in hardware, too.
Growing number of useful augmented reality (AR) apps
We have been using AR apps for a couple of years but only a handful of them are really useful. Most of them are quite buggy, do not support all devices in an ecosystem of certain OS, or even do not meet their goals.
But there is nothing wrong with AR technology. In 2017, we will see such AR apps which are useful and do serve as a tool. Beyond being merely used in gaming, AR technology can be practically useful for a lot of industries and sectors. In civil construction, AR will let engineers and contractors imagine how a building or wall will look like in particular area. Furniture industry, with an AR app, will let customers imagine how a furniture item will look like in their homes.
Android to become common trend of mobile market
Android is already possessing 85% of smartphone and 65% of tablet market shares. Google keeps launching new technologies and pushing trends which keep it in demand of users. It recently launched the developer preview of Android Things – the OS for IoT devices. The company has already announced the Instant App – a feature delivering exactly what it promises – letting users run Android app instantly. Users do no need to download an app. They can use it as run-only-as-you-need instead.
We will see more features being added to Android by Google and the OS is shifting towards becoming a common trend of mobile market.
Embedded AI within apps to become a standard
We will see learning capacity in apps. Developers are behind delivering self-learning capabilities in app so that they can provide results according to the moods or situations. We are already hearing a lot about Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge to build a simple AI to run his home.
So far, technology was completely focused on legacy system embracing big infrastructure and set-ups but in 2017, we would see AI enabled apps which any user may use.
IoT integrations to app get a boost
Every tech titan is nowadays eyeing on IoT industry and launching OS and supports to IoT technology. As apps are turning into key form of software, we will see more emergence of IoT based mobile application development.
Application security to get a serious demand
Last but not least – the demand of increasing security in apps will continue be a trend in coming year – 2017. Developers should prepare themselves now to provide extra layers of security to their apps so that not only a sense of safety can be created but also, information transited between two devices remain safe.
Content strategist by profession and blogger by passion, Archna is avid about updating herself with the freshest dose of technology and sharing them with the readers. Stay tuned here as she brings some trending stories from the tech-territory of mobile and web.