Introduction

It is without a doubt that smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. We use it for pretty much anything- from browsing the internet, looking at videos, or even listening to our favorite songs.
There is pretty much an app that can do just about anything that you can think of. And, those apps basically stem from the trends and what people deem to be a necessary feature in mobile applications.
Today, I am going to go over some mobile app development trends that will still stay in this year.

1. Cloud-Based Apps Are Increasing in Popularity


Cloud-based applications are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been around for a few years now. However, they are going to rise in popularity this time and for many years to come. And, with development in how an app is made, we are going to see applications that are more efficient in that it takes up only a short amount of space and that it will be much faster than the ones that are currently available.

2. More Applications that Support Wearable Gadgets


The Apple Watch, Fitbit, the Google Daydream view are just some wearable gadgets that are available today. The beauty of these things is that you can do some features of your phone directly on the wearable device. For instance, you could read text messages directly on your Apple Watch so you do not have to whip out your phone to do so. Or perhaps you want to track how many calories you’ve burned, you can now do that using just a wearable gadget. The future looks promising for these devices as more applications are being created to support them.

3. Augmented and Virtual Realities Are Going to be a Thing


People are now opting for a more immersive experience and that is why the rise of virtual and augmented realities are inevitable. Games like Pokemon Go and Sky Siege are perfect examples of how these technologies are being utilized. Virtual Reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, for example, have enjoyed a steady rise in profits as more applications are being developed that use the technology. However, expect to see a huge increase in AR apps since it is much more useful than VR and it can be easily implemented since the hardware specs of phones are more than capable of doing that now than ever before.

4. AMP is Changing How Users Browse the Internet


People’s patience when it comes to page loading times have decreased over the yearsand we have faster internet connections to thank for that. Since there is now a need for app developers to ensure that their apps work faster than ever before, Google has actually helped a lot of them by implementing the AMP protocol. The AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages and basically, this technology just helps apps load web pages much faster. It reduces the bounce rate and it increases the satisfaction of their users as well, so it is a win-win for both Google and the developers.

5. Artificial Intelligence is Here


Machine Learning and Chatbots fall into the category of AI and we are actually enjoying them. The former is a feature where an app provides suggestions based on a user’s habits, while the latter is where an automated bot can help customers with their queries. Both these features are going to be more improved in the years to come, so be sure to somehow incorporate this feature on your app.

6. More Secure Apps


As smartphones have become an important part of our lives, there is now a need for more security. Expect to see applications that will incorporate multi-level authentication and improved encryption in the future.

7. IoT is Going to Expand


There are plenty of appliances that make use of the internet for more increased functionality. This is now considered as the Internet of Things and it actually brings a lot of convenience to the people. With the increased adoption of these things, expect to see mobile applications that will make use of this technology in the soonest possible time.