7 Trends that Define the Future of Mobile Application Development

7 Trends that Define the Future of Mobile Application Development

“In 2018, around 1.56 billion smartphones were sold worldwide. In the first quarter of 2019, around 88 percent of all smartphones sold to end users were phones with the Android operating system.” (Source: Statista)

“In 2018, consumers downloaded 194 billion mobile apps to their connected devices, up from 143.7 billion app downloads in 2016.” (Source: Statista)

Keeping all these statistics in mind, we can clearly understand that Mobile Application Development is definitely one of the most advanced and actively growing industry.

As we can see, Google Apps, Social Media apps, and some Gaming apps like Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc. dominate the mobile app development market ambiguously. Ecommerce giants like Walmart, Amazon also employ mobile apps for branding, improving customer service, direct marketing, etc. Moreover, small and mid-sized businesses are also heeding the mobile app trend.

After all, an aggressive mobile strategy includes more than just a mobile-friendly website. Hence, comes the requirement for mobile application development.

The latest advancements in technology and the progressive business vision helps businesses build the best mobile application and make the brand future-ready.

Below we have mentioned 7 Trends that Define the Future of Mobile Application Development.

  1. WEARABLE ACCESSORIES & DEVICES

According to International Data Corporation, "...the worldwide market for wearable devices grew 31.4% during the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18), reaching a new high of 59.3 million units... Shipments for the entire year of 2018 grew by 27.5% with 172.2 million wearables shipped."

Considering the trend, this opens up new possibilities for the business-people, app developers, and accessory producers. Smartphones are also becoming more the hub of a personal-area network comprising the wearable devices, such as on-body healthcare sensors, smart-watches, display devices, smart jewelry, and a range of sensors installed within garments and shoes.

All these devices are able to communicate with mobile apps in order to deliver data in smart ways. There are also several scopes to introduce a wide range of products and services in sectors such as sport, fitness, healthcare, fashion, hobbies, etc. Therefore, wearable accessories attached to smartphones will inspire the next generation of android app development approaches further.

2. IOT & SMART OBJECTS

As per Gartner Inc. forecast, the enterprise and automotive Internet of Things (IoT) market are supposed to grow 5.8 billion endpoints in 2020, a 21% increase from 2019.

As reported by this leading IT service management company, the utility sector will be the largest user of IoT endpoints. The list may include anything like several hundreds of smart objects like LED light bulbs, domestic appliances, sports equipment, medical devices, tractable power sockets, toys, etc. These devices will have an IoT attachment that will keep it connected to your smartphone or tab, which will act as the remote controller. Not only that, but your smartphone or tablet will also work for displaying and analyzing information, coordinating with your social networks, paying for subscriptions, requesting replacements, and updating software.

Segment

2018

2019

2020

Utilities

0.98

1.17

1.37

Government

0.40

0.53

0.70

Building Automation

0.23

0.31

0.44

Physical Security

0.83

0.95

1.09

Manufacturing & Natural Resources

0.33

0.40

0.49

Automotive

0.27

0.36

0.47

Healthcare Providers

0.21

0.28

0.36

Retail & Wholesale Trade

0.29

0.36

0.44

Information

0.37

0.37

0.37

Transportation

0.06

0.07

0.08

Total

3.96

4.81

5.81

3. M-COMMERCE

Many data analysts believe the rising trend of mobile purchases will continue to grow in the same direction for the next 4 years or more, as an ever-increasing number of people are getting engaged in mobile commerce.

Further, the growing popularity of digital wallets and online payment systems like Google Pay and Apple Pay promotes m-commerce even more. Hence, the developers need to develop apps that can process transactions without any debit or credit card.

4. MOTION SENSING AND LOCATION SENSING

Most smartphones have complex location sensor skills that equip them to offer the sharp blueprint of location data. This definitive location tracking help businesses give the most relevant detailed information and assistance.

While the motion-sensing apps are used for security purposes, anti-theft, power-saving, etc., the location-sensing apps are useful in Geo-tagging, games, vehicle navigation, fitness apps, etc.

There is also app utilization for indoor location to use technologies such as Wi-Fi, imaging, ultrasonic tracking beacons, and Geo-magnetic. Further, the specific indoor location sensing, coupled with mobile apps, will facilitate a new generation of greatly customized services and information.

5. ADVANCED USER-EXPERIENCE DESIGN

An efficient and user-friendly UI for your mobile app is indispensable to offer a sound user experience to the audience. The leading mobile application development companies firmly work on developing the new models representing spontaneous designs and interactive interface. Designers also create applications that support mobile challenges like partial user application, interference, etc.

Mobile apps should also employ technologies with unique characteristics, i.e., interactive content layer, manipulation of content, orbicular design pattern, cards, etc. These features create AR by enabling the users to communicate with the content in additional detail.

Also, the leading customer-centric apps are offering excellent standards for UI design, hence businesses must agree with the new skills, and coupled with new allies to satisfy the rising user expectations.

6. APM OR APPLICATION PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

The two factors that drive to bottlenecks in performing app testing include the diversity of mobile devices and the indistinguishable feasibilities of mobile networks.

But, the mobile metrics and the monitoring tools, simultaneously known as Application Performance Management (APM), has advanced the testing and quality assurance.

This management metrics improves clarity into app behavior, gives statistics about which tools and operating systems are utilized, and observes the user operation in order to define which app features are being effectively utilized.

APM tools also face additional challenges to afford real performance benefits across systems with virtual edges. Modern businesses require more dynamic tools that can control resources employed by the applications, associate that data with significant user insights, and arrange performance with business methods.

7. EMM OR ENTERPRISE MOBILE MANAGEMENT

Enterprise Mobile Management is a combination of people, processes, and technology used for mobile computing to streamline businesses, and the principal elements of EMM are security, application management, and financial management.

EMM also comprises mobile device management, mobile application management, application wrapping and containerization, and some elements of business file synchronization and sharing.

Moreover, these types of tools will grow in scope and will ultimately address a wide array of mobile administration across all popular Operating Systems on smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

CONCLUSION

It is now impossible to ignore the fact that mobile apps have become an indispensable part of the digital ecosystem. The experience required in developing consumer apps is in higher demand to take mobility seriously. Businesses must keep their eyes on these inclinations to regulate their mobile application development strategies accordingly.


 

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