Is there is one thing we can be sure of it’s the mobile app technology that is evolving by leaps and bounds every year. The trends we all witnessed in 2016 evolved into better technological approaches in this year and the trends being talked about in 2017 will become a norm in 2018. Staying ahead from the rest in the field of design and development is what sells and which why mobile app developers all over the world constantly look for more advanced software, better hardware, more sophisticated development tools and improved design and development techniques.
With huge competition in the industry and mobile app market showing no signs of slowing down it is imperative mobile app developers adapt with evolving trends to guarantee their new and existing mobile apps meet market need.
Here are some of the trends that developers should look out for in 2018:
1. Internet of Things (IoT)
This year we saw a huge inclination of industry experts and developers towards Internet of Things (IoT). The idea of a smart phone, smart office, smart cities, smart health and smart retail are growing upon everyone and we see a boom in such apps in 2018. The coming year will be all for this trend with industries and sectors from healthcare, education to offices and homes embracing the idea of IoT apps. Companies are already coming out with smarter wearable devices other than smartphones which we will see a lot more in 2018 for which IoT apps will be made.
2. Application Security
It’s said that anyone who has a smartphone has no personal life and no security. Which leads developers to the concern of more secure applications since the amount of personal user data a smartphone contains is immense. There is a need for mobile apps with built-in security features that prevents the user data from getting into the hands of unreliable third parties. We will see more developers in 2018 adopting built-in security features providing better UX with more security features.
3. Augmented Reality Apps
We all by now have heard about AR and VR devices especially in gaming industry, haven’t we? 2017 was the year for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies to boom and grow in the mainstream. Coming into 2018, we will see AR and VR devices become more common and a lot more AR/VR applications being made. Its growth will go beyond entertainment and gaming industries with other sectors such retail, healthcare, engineering and real estate adopting the technology to present their services and products with one-of-a-kind visual experience for their customers.
4. Cloud-based Apps
According to the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Forecast (2015-2020), cloud apps will drive 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019 globally. With applications such as Dropbox and Google Drive already making a mark in the industry, we have seen various other cloud apps emerge in these past couple of years. With this ever increasing use of cloud technology, fetching and using data has become a lot easier and quicker for enterprises without risking the security. Data security issues inherent in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are alleviated with cloud-based mobile apps which is why they are very attractive for businesses.
Mobile app development has become way more sophisticated than ever before and keeping up with the latest trends is crucial for developers to deliver up-to-date products to their customers.