Over the years, smartphones and mobile apps have continued to grow in popularity across users from different demographics.
Today, a very big percentage of mobile phone users have access to smartphones which come reloaded with mobile apps, and they can also download more apps from different app stores.
This increase in the number of people with smartphones coupled with the increase in the number of apps being downloaded by these users has prompted mobile app developers to up their game. There are certain mobile app development trends that are expected to be seen in 2018.
Here are a few of them:
1. Changes in Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
The changes expected on the AMP will modify the Web app landscape for the better. Google has recently announced that it plans to have a separate search index for the mobile web. This is welcome news for users and developers of hybrid apps meaning that these changes will potentially change the Web app and SEO perspectives completely.
2. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will be game changers
AR and VR have had a wide use among those who specialize in developing mobile apps for the entertainment and gaming industries. VR is not expected to exhibit rapid growth, but AR is likely to peak by the end of 2017.
3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become a reality
Investment in AI is expected to increase by more than 300% in this year alone. Businesses are keen at leveraging the power of AI in conducting advanced analytics and exploring machine learning techs. This will enable business owners to access powerful insights which were previously unavailable to them.
4. The number of cloud-driven mobile apps will be on the rise
Customers and tech professionals alike are excited about the convenience provided by cloud technology. Today, cloud technology is widely used in the mobile app development process. Additionally, users of mobile apps also have access to the cloud from where they can either store or retrieve data needed to run the mobile apps without clogging the phone’s internal memory. This is advantageous because it means that such apps run faster than those which are traditionally stored in smartphones’ internal memory.
5. Wearable devices will continue to gain prominence
The market for wearable devices has grown substantially over the past two years. This trend is expected to rise further as more, and more people move towards the acquisition of these devices. Although most wearable devices were originally developed for the healthcare industry, research shows that there will be a potential shift to include mobile apps that can be used in fields outside the traditional healthcare industry.
6. Internet of things (IoT) will grow
The powering of mobile app development by cloud computing coupled with the rapid adoption of cloud-based apps will spark interest in what is widely called the Internet of Things. Most of the mobile app trends will be impacted as more and more IoT devices are primarily controlled by smartphones.
Understanding these trends is the key to ensuring that you stay on top of all developments. As you plan to outsource your mobile app development project to a vendor, do make sure that you work with a vendor who keeps a keen eye on the emerging trends in mobile app development.