Emerging trends in Mobile App Development

iOS Application Development Trends

The mobile app development industry has witnessed a lot of changes in recent years, and the year 2016 is going to bring a big revolution. If you look at the current state of App development companies, they are going through a tough phase.

With an increase in demand and market penetration, businesses are bound to launch effective apps that can run on any mobile operating system.

In 2015, the average number of apps developed and submitted by developers on the Apple App Store was more than 1000-per-day count. As new technologies, programming languages, and needs are emerging, a new landscape is coming out in the application arena.

With cut-throat competition in the mobile world, service providers are investing hugely in improving the app ecosystem that brings business directly to them. Some of the reputed organizations that provide app development services across the world are as follows:

  1. Willowtree
  2. Magnious Solutions
  3. Sourcebits

From Education to Shopping, mobile applications have become a significant part of our daily life. More and more students and educationists are using education apps to access content anywhere across the globe.

E-commerce companies generate large revenue from mobile apps as the user can download their apps and do shopping from anywhere. There has been a tremendous 48 % rise in the shopping done using mobile devices last year. Now, some of the trends that are likely to emerge in 2016 are as follow:

Advanced Security

Mobile users are quite concerned about their privacy and if you look at the apps being developed these days, most of them fail at the basic test level. Both iOS and Android keep upgrading security protocols in their mobile operating system with the latest release.

With the increased use of NFC payment, there remains a risk of identity theft or disclosure of sensitive personal information in the public domain. Developers can’t ignore the security perspective of any app.

Apps for Smart Watches & Wearable Devices

Google Glasses and Apple Smartwatches are the next big thing in the mobile market, so the demand for apps that works on their platform will be there. Many tech companies are developing Wearable Devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers to bring revolution to the mobile device industry. Apple has already launched Watch OS 2 at WWDC for WatchKit developers to make app extensions for Apple watches.

Extensive use of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing was introduced with the aim to provide services remotely and to overcome memory space issues in computer devices. It enables ubiquitous and on-demand access to a shared network of configurable computing resources. With the use of Cloud support, developers will be able to develop powerful apps that will acquire less memory space on the user’s device.

Location-based support

Location-based services are likely to increase in 2016. A lot of apps are already using the location of the user through GPS functionality to provide accurate and customized services. Applications like Uber and Urban Spoon track user positions to offer services. Android and Apple developers will be focusing on integrating location-based services with an app to provide real-time suggestions to customers.

Scanty app development cycle

As the competition unfolds in the market, app developers will be forced to adopt a rapid development strategy. JIT (Just-In-Time) is one of the strategies that will be implemented in the app development cycle.

The advantage of such a strategy is that it will reduce the time taken to design and develop the app. With a shorter app development cycle, maintaining quality and usability in the app will be the challenging part for any app developer.

Enhanced user-experience

Mobile apps are all about user experience as their real test is done by the user. From the display of the smart Watch to the big screen sizes of the latest iPhones and Android devices (smartphones and phablets), an app is required to keep its efficiency and functionality across all devices. In the year 2016, more developers will be focusing on developing apps that stand high on the user-experience factor.

Use of HTML 5

HTML 5 was introduced in 2014 with the aim to improve multimedia content for computers and mobile devices. Unlike native app development, now mobile apps will be developed on hybrid frameworks like ionic, Intel XDK, Sencha touch, etc. With the use of hybrid technologies, developers can reduce the cost of app-making.

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