In recent years, mobile phones have become an extension of our life for almost everything. We use smartphones for music, clocks, alarms, e-newspaper, watching YouTube videos, catching up with friends across multiple platforms like SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook and Viber, checking email, various corporate apps for project management, time management and much more. Current statistics suggest that in 2020, 2.87 billion people would own smartphones.
This helps drive new ideas, innovation and exciting iOS and Android mobile app development trends to catch up with a growing demand of smart devices and apps on them. Here is a list of the most important and exciting tech ideas and trends to keep an eye in the coming years.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is set to provide business owners with some mouth-watering insights via machine learning tech, cognitive interfaces to complex systems and advanced analytics. We can see the power of AI in the mobile app space with apps like Microsoft Pix, Hound AI and SwiftKey AI.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
Many of us of recently encountered with AR and VR. Both of these technologies have transformed the entertainment and gaming industries. Games like iOnRoad, Pokemon Go, myNav and Sky Siege are great examples of AR games. On the other hand, VR devices like Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR are gaining popularity.
In 2017, global mobile payments surpassed $700 billion, a hike of approximately $500 billion over the past few years. Earlier in 2018, Google launched its payment service for simplified mobile payments. This brings Google Wallet and Android Pay under one umbrella. And we have an Apple Pay for iPhone users. Instead of using debit or credit cards, many people are utilizing apps on their phones to make payments, which give a big push to m-commerce.
Over the years, the demand for personalization or customization from business has grown exponentially. Airbnb and Netflix are some of the best examples of personalization. These apps monitor users’ preferences such as ‘which movie you watch’, ‘what is your favorite holiday destination’ and ‘what you search the most’ and then they tailor information to offer a personalized experience to each user. Many Android and iOS app development company are trying to incorporate this feature in their app by using big data.
Cloud computing has boomed many industries in the recent years. With cloud computing, developers can design an app that has less impact on the internal memory of mobile devices. Google Drive and Dropbox are the best examples of cloud computing.
The wearable apps are diversifying and are going to be one of the fastest growing trends in the coming years. Currently, there is a huge range of wearable devices available, from smart watches to count your calories, smart sneakers to evaluate your walking pattern, smart gloves to assist you with your golf swing and wristbands to evaluate your sleep quality. Expect this only to get bigger.
Blockchain is not only the technology behind cryptocurrencies, but it is more than that. The blockchain is a digital ledger of economic transactions, which can be designed to record not only financial transactions, but everything, that has value. It has the ability to change the way in which we currently operate our lives and businesses. The technology is expected to become more prevalent in business and everyday life.
Strict App Security
According to reports, around 75 percent of the apps available in the market wouldn’t be able to clear the basic security test. As many apps require personal as well as confidential information to install and run on smart devices, it has become important for Android and iOS app developers to pay special attention to security factor.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT is a physical objects’ network embedded with sensors, software, network connectivity and electronics. These elements allow objects to gather and exchange information without human interference. In the coming era, this incredibly exciting and game-changing is going to be an explosive technology.
An application based on this tech is vast across healthcare, hotels, retail outlets, sports and event venues, museums, restaurants, and much more. Assisting businesses and people with relevant location-based data is only going to rise.
The mobile app development is one of the growing industries and the next big thing is always coming here. Tech offers much more than excitement and innovation, which can change everyday lives on a grand scale and have the potential to solve big problems.