6 Trends in Mobile App Development to Look Out For.
As though businesses adopting mobile app development isn’t a trend enough, now we need to know about trends within that trend itself? What next? Will there be trends within the trends that are within that trend? Will it ever tr-end? We can’t say for sure, but what we can say is that that’s definitely the IT industry for you!
To put it simply, things are extremely fast-paced when it comes to the IT world, and by fast we really mean that the moment you think you have already caught up on all there is to know about the latest technologies is the moment you couldn’t possibly be any more wrong. Not one company, business or individual is ever on top of the game when it comes to the IT industry except the IT industry itself. Those who have been “perceived as being on top” are really those who have successfully leveraged two or more emerging trends to their business idea. A trend will only remain a trend if it is not effectively applied to your business idea. With that being said, let’s dive right into the 6 trends in mobile app development now, shall we?
1.The need for cloud technology is sky-high
In case it wasn’t obvious enough as a pun, cloud technology is becoming something of the norm now. To say the least, think of cloud technology as a USB drive, but you don’t have to constantly click ‘safely remove storage device’ before unplugging it from your laptop, or have a mini heart attack whenever you have forgotten to do so. Everyday services such as Google Drive, One Drive and Dropbox are merely scratching the surface of cloud technology, and given how they are already inexpensive, convenient and fast to use as well as simple to deploy, can you imagine the prospects of more advanced and powerful cloud and data syncing technologies? Sends chills down our spine just thinking about it. The adoption of cloud computing services is an essential part of the digital transformation process for businesses, and cloud is definitely a better option when it comes to handling mountains of data and processes that come with mobile app development, especially when user information is involved.
2. On-demand services, a growing market
Here’s a market that may potentially never die off given its economically feasible nature.Give the people what they want only when they want it! On-demand services can range from entertainment providers such as Netflix and HBO NOW to ride-sharing apps like Uber. There’s no doubt that there seems to be a rising pattern in the on-demand market, which also extends itself past economy sharing, as all these stem from a common seed called convenience. For all we know, the future of economy sharing and on-demand services can well expand beyond Netflix and Uber and to potential prospects for laundry, haircuts tutors etc. As economy sharing and on-demand services continue to dominate the general market, more and more mobile applications are needed to connect and bridge users with such businesses, allowing users to make transactions through these mobile apps, choose their preferred services etc.
3. The 3 Ms: mobile wallets, micro-transactions and m-commerce
Given how e-commerce is a flourishing market thanks to the likes of online retailing websites such as Amazon, it’s no surprise that similar practices can be expected to be adopted, if they haven’t already, into mobile apps. As smartphones equipped with features such as NFC tags and fingerprint recognition can now function as a ‘mobile wallet’ and be used to pay for transactions, sooner or later society itself can go cashless, and this will see a rise in many turning towards mobile apps that can support these payment transactions features. Micro-transactions and in-app purchasing in, for example, mobile games have proven themselves to be a cash-cow for many developers, it won’t surprising to see businesses adopting this practice in their own applications. It doesn’t just stop there, many banks have developed mobile banking apps for their customers so that customers can easily sign into their bank accounts with a simple touch of their fingerprint and complete banking transactions almost instantaneously and conveniently.
4. To IoT, or not to IoT?
From smart homes that alert you when there has been a break in to smart thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature in the room based on your previous preferences and depending on the state of the current weather, IoT-driven technology is proving itself more and more beneficial over the years, at least until the day these technologies decide to pull a ‘terminator’ on us. In all seriousness, even with artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural-network drive decision making governing IoT technologies, we still need to be able to control the IoT environment. The booming of IoT technologies also warrants a booming in mobile apps needed to remotely monitor, administer, control and have their data synced with said IoT technologies, allowing for a more personalised user experience as well as to integrate the tools at our disposal.
5. All eyes will be on mobile app security
Of course, with all the benefits that come with these features and trends also naturally welcomes the relevant risks, especially when it comes to issues concerning cyber and mobile app security.A rise in the use of IT devices in our everyday lives is nothing more but a window of opportunity for potential hackers, especially since all our everyday information has been integrated into a single device (one device contains your email address, password, pin number etc.), allowing hackers to easily fish for the relevant credentials needed to gain unauthorised access without much effort. That being said, the field of cyber security will definitely play a profound role in the development of mobile applications, with the future of biometric-integrated security systems does appear prominent on the horizon, given that fingerprint security gradually being overtaken by features such as facial ID recognition.
6. High usability and quality UI/UX designs will be needed
User interface and user experience design is most often the most underestimated but extremely crucial aspect of mobile applications. Aside from just looking pretty, having a nice look and feel and overall satisfying aesthetic purposes, what users really look for is the convenience of navigating through an app and going about its processes with ease via an intuitive interface. Users do expect mobile apps to provide relevant content and information which have been tailored to their likes and dislikes. With the increase in the use of mobile apps, while also considering the consequent security risks at hand, also brings in a demand for more UI/UX designers and for more research into building user interfaces that have high usability while not compromising the security measures needed to strengthen a mobile app security. For example, every time a user logs into their mobile banking app they need to input a one-time password when accessing their accounts. While this is a strong security measure for the benefit of the user, users might find the process unnecessarily troublesome.
Wrapping it all up
Even with all these trends (as well as the countless more to come), it’s important to not pressure yourself into staying on top of all of them. The most important thing to do is to not focus so much on just following these trends, but rather focus on how to leverage these trends to transform your business or your idea. For all you know, you could have come up with something totally original and new! Be a trend-setter!
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