Mobile app development sector has integrated the global entrepreneurship into its realm as more and more business demand an app for their businesses. This past year presented itself as a spectacular one introducing a much stronger user engagement with apps and associated updates in. Mobile apps are no longer related restricted to shopping and social networking, the technology of the mobile apps is now reaching out to improve the lifestyle quality of each and every individual in the society. The latest example being, the introduction of American Sign Language flashcards for Uber Riders in the app if they have a deaf driver. This one of the many advancements we’ve seen in this remarkable year, App development industry is ready to take innovation to new possibilities. The following app development trends will familiarise you with such very emerging trends in 2018.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI/Deep Learning/ MI (Machine Learning) will be marked as a key priority in the technology advancements for 2018.The key focus of such advancements will be towards AI’s integration in the development and upgrade of mobile app technology. At present, the technology is limited to AI Assistants such as Siri, Cortana and OK Google, but the following year is in store for several astonishing AI advancements. Resulting to which, big boys in the technology sector- Facebook, Google, IBM, and eBay are investing and acquiring startups working in the AI sector.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
The realities in 2018 will change for good and application sector is ready to embrace such life-altering reality in its apps. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have enabled technology through gadgets such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and Oculus Rift whereas the gaming sector launched games such as Pokemon Go, Sky Siege, iOnRoad and myNav amongst many other. What started as a revolution in the gaming and entertainment sector, is now set to expand its branches in many more sectors including lifestyle services.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
A revolutionary project by Google in collaboration with Twitter imbibes the essence of a stripped-down version of HTML with an aim to accelerate the speed of mobile pages. AMP will enable developers to create beautiful websites and web apps with fast loading speed, lower bounce rates and high performance across all mobile devices. As of the most anticipated trends, AMP will offer greater visibility to apps amongst its untapped user base.
Mobile App Security
App space will witness an increment in security measures with built-in security features such as AI based security systems, ID verification and authentication solutions, Biometric verification systems, data encryption, mobile app VPN amongst many other security measures. One of the key step highlighting this trend can be seen in Apple’s coding language which is now moving from Objective-C to its own software language.
Mobile Cloud Applications
A cloud driven application is a software that can be accessed over the internet by various types of computing devices. With Mobile Cloud Applications, developers won’t have to go through the extra hassle of developing three versions of their app on iOS, Android and Windows, instead, their one single version of the app will be accessible to any internet-enabled device with a browser. Next few years will eliminate the threat of data loss, enabling developers to write and manage APIs through loosely coupled cloud services that will also be cost-effective even in high demand.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The inter-networking of smart devices including their integration with electronics, sensors, software, network connectivity and actuators (motors controlled by a source of power) have revolutionized the ear of smart homes. Amongst the pioneers of this revolution, Nest and ecobee have devised a unique experience for the home that enables communication and data sharing from complex mobile platforms and backend infrastructures. The catalyst that makes IoT so great is Data Analytics that customizes the needs into automated functions.
Versatility is the key to future – developers must be aware of all cross platforms and tools to develop apps that run on all app platforms including iOS (the no.1 & popular platform), Android (famous for low price device offerings and Windows (extremely reliable). One of the many ways to achieve this versatility is to have binary-compatible files which can allow app users to switch from one platform to the other without having to convert their data to a new format.
Software Development Kits(SDK/ devkit)
Software development kit is a set of software development tools that enable developers to create applications for app platforms including Android and iOS. The Android SDK, for example, includes sample projects with source code, development tools, an emulator, and required libraries to build Android Applications. The latest innovation brought in by Apple as Xcode 9 which offers new editor, refactoring and transformation engine that executes new coding tasks across Swift, Objective-C and even user interface clearly suggest the anticipated importance that will be laid on SDKs in the following year.
Best Mobile App Development Languages
Swift: Apple’s very own programming language for iOS and OS X enables developers to learn curve and workflow with a simple process, eliminates security threats that often arise with Objective C making it a much-demanded programming language by developers.
Java: As one of the most commonly used programming language, Java currently offers nearly 9 million software developers an easy to learn and read object-oriented programming language. The versatility of the language enables programmers to build apps that can run on various platforms.
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Published by: Eric Miller