The huge increase in smartphone use over the years has left everyone amazed. If you’re a digital marketer or mobile app development company, you’ll know how quickly this field changes and evolves.
Mobile applications expanded to different platforms, different industries and categories over time. Rapid changes and technological advancement produce changes in development methodologies, which led development companies to adapt accordingly.
After our research, here is the list of few trends that will likely rule the era of mobile app development in 2017.
1. UX will gain more attention
UX has been an important aspect of applications from the beginning. With the advancement of technology and new tools available in the studios, UX will increase this year. Designers spend sleepless nights thinking about the user experience that they find attractive and creative. This year new avenues will be created without UX practices ever being seen to the mainstream.
2. Application security
With the focus on mobile apps, hackers will move to mobility. Hackers have already disrupted the web application ecosystem for their unethical activities, including data breach and financial theft. In the coming years, developers will need to take precautionary measures to prevent hackers from enforcing your mobile app.
Next year, the security of mobile apps will be extended to the maximum.
3. Augmented and virtual reality
2016 has been very impressive in terms of AR and VR technologies. Application development companies have begun to exploit RA aggressively. One such example has given birth to a game that was very popular: Pokemon Go. Google’s virtual reality came to light this year and as it is now in the spotlight, it will get better next year.
However, this is not only limited to the gaming industry, but can also penetrate into various other sectors, including retail, restaurants, travel and the automotive industry, and so on.
4. Hands-free and portable devices will increase
So far there has been a considerable growth of connected and hands-free devices that are connected to mobile applications. These devices range from portable digital watches, health monitoring devices and fitness bands, and more. All of these devices are connected to mobile applications that provide various metrics to users.
Next year, this trend will expand and several companies will try to create a new type of portable products. So in 2017 it will bring amazing gadgets that will surely leave people scared.
Great leaders like Apple and Google are trying to reach a benchmark in portable technology.
5. Increase in business mobile applications
This year, companies have shown interest in adapting to business mobility solutions in which they move to mobile applications to improve employee engagement and optimize the workplace.
Business mobile applications have proven to be an advantage in the corporate environment that makes it easier for employees to work from a remote location. Businesses using enterprise mobile applications have seen an increase in productivity.
Business applications generate more employee satisfaction and streamline work operations.
Given that a considerable increase has been observed in recent years, the next few years, more companies will be dedicated to enterprise mobile applications.
6. Messaging applications hop on
7. It was mobile payments
For the past couple of years, mobile payments have been very active. They slow down traditional payment methods. In 2017 they are expected to grow at a faster rate than before. With greater use of applications, this not only brings convenience, but a lot of transparency and accountability.
Aside from the domains mentioned above, there are a large number of ideas and categories in which entrepreneurs will try their luck to develop applications. Innovation and ideas in any field, including mobile app development, will never diminish. The world is moving towards the digital age and mobility is something that is increasing faster than anything else right now.
There is no doubt that the influence of mobile apps will continue to expand in 2017 with apps covering more domains and businesses than ever before. Trends in 2017 suggest that new technologies, along with mobile app development enthusiasts, will continue to push application limits in the coming days.