Mobile app development

6 Mobile App Development Trends to Watch in 2018

We use mobile apps for almost anything and everything. From booking rides on Uber to shopping groceries from Grofers, from sending messages and video calling via Whatsapp to socializing via Facebook; name a purpose and you will find its related app on the smartphone. With this fast-paced development of technology, apps are ruling the global world. And why shouldn’t they? Apps are meant to simplify our lives and they only help us in our daily chores whether at personal or professional level.

It is due to this usage that helps in developing innovative apps to meet the demands of its users. Trends are changing and we shall see an adoption of some newest technologies in the coming years. Enlisted are few of the mobile app development trends that will be seen in 2018 and beyond:

1. Artificial Intelligence:

Gartner suggests that 200 of the world’s largest companies will develop intelligent apps within the next year. According to a report by IDC, the Artificial Intelligent market will experience a growth in revenue of more than 47 billion dollars by 2020. The numbers suggest that artificial intelligence is here to stay and it will impact the app development process to a great extent in future.

AI has the capability to provide:

  • Fascinating analytics,
  • Machine learning technology,
  • Cognitive interfaces and much more for mobile app space

2. Cloud-Based Apps:

Cloud-based apps are quite gaining popularity these days. The ability to store data over the virtual ‘clouds’ allows managing complex databases easily. For apps, this means less impact on the internal memory of the mobile device. And less memory usage means apps running faster. The best example of such an app is Dropbox.

3. Android Instant App:

Android instant apps allow the users to view the content of the app before they are actually downloading or install fully. It offers the benefit of loading only a portion of the app. This means that users have greater power over their choices and use only parts of the app that they require.

One example of this is The New York Times. It offers a crossword puzzle available to its users without having to install the full app.

4. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality:

Stats say that a total number of apps built using AR facility will cross 1580 million in 2018.  And 4760 million in 2022. A very famous example of AR-driven game that took the world by storm in recent times is Pokémon Go. Some of the famous brands using this technology for their mobile app are Dominos, Starbucks, IKEA, Walmart and many others.

You may have already encountered a glimpse of this while watching a screen in front of you and getting immersed into a virtual world of three-dimension.

5. Chatbots:

Few reports suggest that by the end of 2020, a whopping 85% of the customer service tasks will be completed using chatbots. With giants like Amazon and Facebook integrating this newest technology of chatbots into mobile app development process, it should not be surprising that chatbots will rule in near future.

Within a matter of seconds, you can now place an order over Amazon by just voicing out your choice on its Alexa bot. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Duplex and many examples have revolutionized the way we interact with mobile phone devices. It appears nothing different than interacting with a human. It might seem difficult to recognize a human amongst this pool of chatbots in future!

6. Wearable Apps:

An app installed in a mobile device is considerable but what about an app that can perfectly fit into your daily wearable devices like watches? Yes, it is now possible. Internet of things has given a huge success to such devices.

Some of the famous brands investing in IoT and making wearable devices a huge success is Samsung, Motorola, Xiomi, Apple, and others. We are already familiar with Fitbit and it about to see a successful increase of 35% in the wearable app market.

Future is right here:

The above list welcomes upcoming revolutionary technologies in mobile app development and other industrial areas. We shall soon experience these breathtaking technologies taking over. Let us keep ourselves updated with these trends!

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