In today’s reality, mobile phones are becoming an essential part of our daily activities and whether many people still do not like it, mobile devices cannot be replaced easily from our lives. In fact, it works the opposite way; consumers are constantly requiring mobile devices with the latest technology possible, gladly the mobile app industry continues to grow at a fast pace in order to satisfy the consumer needs. According with the latest annual Mobility Report from Ericsson, there will be 6.1 billion Smartphones users around the world by 2020; this may lead us to think that mobile applications will be still coming into the user’s control. based on this, here I share with you an interesting compilation of the latest trends for mobile apps.
Hybrid mobile apps
Beacons and location based apps
One of the main purposes of this app technology is making clear the difference between online and offline, and even though this is not a brand- new trend, it is worth to mention that Beacons and location based apps with GPS system integration are still a trend, which are predicted to keep growing in 2017. These technologies, especially location- based ones perform excellently at helping you track the right location that is meant to give you that essential information you are requiring; such technology is mostly used by retail and travel sectors, companies including Uber have amazingly made the most of this helpful feature.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) apps
Mobile gaming zone is the especial sector where augmented reality has found its place. For instance, you can think about one of the most recent example of this: Pokémon Go, this game has gone viral everywhere from the very first time it was released. What we can deduct from this phenomenal success is that the entire app industry is ready to cross screen- reality interaction; and this is certainly a new area to expand in to this year. Moreover, there is evidence which shows that this application development will not always be aimed to games and entertainment sectors; we have to be ready to see VR and AR apps performing also in retail industry, real estate, travel, education, manufacturing and even in healthcare fields. Right now, it might be a little bit difficult for us as consumers or users to imagine the entire range of opportunities that VR can bring to any of the fields I have mentioned above, but in my opinion exploring houses with such technology before you decide to purchase them must be a more efficient way to make any house purchasing or travel decision.
Cloud- based mobile apps
There is no denial that in today’s world we need apps that rapidly help us to use our mobile devices’ space properly, this way we can enjoy each of our apps with great functionality. Well, cloud- based apps are here to become a real solution to every app that has heavy graphics and functions. These apps maintain the same user experience and data across various devices; it seems like this trend will continue to expand in 2017, and to support, there is a statement that Cisco has mentioned: “by 2019, cloud applications will account for 90 percent of total mobile data traffic”.
Internet of Things (IoT)
It all started by making possible to connect one device to another, this is what internet of things is about. Nowadays, almost every IoT solution requires an accompanying mobile apps, thus this amplifies even more the app development sector. If users or consumers want to utilize their smart devices sensors to control them, then they will need to do it through a specific mobile app. In addition, the already existing solutions like smart homes and cities, connected cars, smart healthcare or transportation systems are just the beginning of an amazing app development era.
Mobile app security and privacy
Since enterprise apps have developed challenging and complex designs of mobile apps, the most natural step is building strong security and privacy systems, that contribute to prevent these apps from being hacked. As the mobile app industry evolves, so do the risks, vulnerabilities and securities beaches get massively bigger as well; therefore, securing is a must.