As per a recent survey done by SurveyMonkey, global revenues from mobile applications are anticipated to grow by a jaw-dropping 962.5% between 2011 and 2017. It is estimated that due to support of existing and new market to usage levels of apps, mobile application will be a $ 100 billion USD industry by the end of 2020. Given the rapid advancement of technologies continuous evolution, 2017 will spring new surprises in custom mobile app development space.
Advance hybrid technologies
Hybrid development technologies will gain momentum and developers will be more inclined towards use of tools like Ionic, AngularJS, PhoneGap and Cordova for agile hybrid app development projects. The steady increase in the acceptance level of hybrid tools can be attributed to BYOD i.e. bring your own device practice around the globe. It has been predicted that demand for mobile enterprise apps will be about 5 times higher than the combined supply capacity of developers. How the developers tackle this challenge remains to be seen.
Security will be critical
Although technology is surging ahead at breakneck speed, ground reality is that the security threats have increased as well. Features like two-step user authentication used for mobile banking have become a commonplace. And that is why developers are now asked to have a robust app transport security feature. This was the case for iOS developers, but security for android platform will always be slightly more suspicious. Nevertheless, Google is endeavoring to use more granular app permissions model and automatic security updates.
Focus on mobile Internet of Things
The potential of mobile app development and IoT has been tremendous and there is no doubt the revenue and profit from them will increase two-fold by the end of 2017. The integration of IoT and mobile apps was inconceivable but we are taking the impossible to the next level. The application ranges from healthcare to energy, transportation to security.
Increase in apps that bank on GPS
If we observe the trend set by one of the most well-known gaming apps Pokémon Go, we can add augmented reality (AR) to the list of trends which could the shape the trends. There has already been an increase in the demand for apps, based on the location-tracking functionality of handsets. And such apps are accepted in several industries right from automation to IoT. Augmented reality will be beneficial to 3D game developers to augment the engagement levels of their software.
Growing call for big data applications
Programmers are likely to be more careful about maintaining just the right balance between user-friendly interfaces and reliability, improved functionality in big data applications. It won’t be long before we start seeing cutting-edge mobile app development that combine IoT, cloud connectivity, and big data processing features.
Development of enterprise apps
Two factors account for the recent surge of enterprise applications. One of them is they make it easier than ever before to maintain 24×7 interactions with clients both potential and current. And with custom mobile apps for business, day-to-day management tasks will become a lot easier. A great example for enterprise app will be CRM mobile app which can pull up relevant customer info promptly and enable access to senior management regarding real-time sales updates.
Attention on Mobile App Designing
The importance of UI/UX is not going to wane soon because user-experience has always been the biggest parameter in terms of measuring the success of a mobile application. To make apps visually tempting and user-friendly, companies are capitalizing on illustrators, animators as well as graphic artists. 2017 will witness some pathbreaking trends such as like split-screens, grid-based interface designing, splash screens, visuals, micro interactions and parallax graphics.
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