Mobile app development will undoubtedly dominate the technology space in 2017. The booming rise of smartphone numbers all over the world has led to consumers preferring mobile apps over websites. A Gartner survey shows that the number of mobile app downloads is expected to reach 268 billion times in 2017.
Today, mobile apps enable us to get entertainment, latest news, games, paying bills, collaborating with associates and perform much more such functions. With the growing popularity and usage of mobile applications, they are not built for smartphones anymore but are needed for connected homes, wearables, IoT-enabled devices and much more.
Let us look at the major trends that will take forward the mobile app development journey in 2017.
With the growing popularity of IoT, apps having the IoT technology will be crucial for the development of mobile apps. Users want easy access to data and information whenever they need on any device such as tablets, smartphones, wearables, etc. Keeping in mind the advancements in the field of IoT will help as companies in the sector of education, healthcare, automobiles and smart homes have already started integrating IoT into their mobile applications. IoT apps also play a significant role in enterprise mobile apps. Hence, integrating this technology into apps is expected to go mainstream in 2017.
Mobile apps vulnerable to security breaches has become a global issue that demands attention. The security of the smartphone has become crucial than ever before due to the sensitivity and sheer amount of data in it. Security is a serious concern for the mobile app developers and the coming year will witness tech giants putting efforts in building a secure ecosystem for their mobile apps.
Location Based Services
Utility apps are growing in popularity. Many of us use our smartphone apps to carry out day-to-day activities such as contact tracking, ordering groceries, searching for nearest retail shops and restaurants, etc. Location based services have been in use in such apps, making our lives easy. With the growing availability and ease of use of GPS, this trend will continue to evolve and give users real-time information in 2017. Areas, where LBS can be implemented to good use, are navigation, travel and tourism, location mapping, payment portals, security features and much more.
User experience is the prime focus of any mobile app and the coming year won’t be an exception. In 2017, UX will dominate mobile app development trends, and it will demand more innovation and ideas from designers to construct a user-friendly mobile application.
Last year we witnessed the power of Augmented Reality apps with the popularity of Pokemon Go and other similar applications. Over time, a greater number of apps have started putting AR into use and this technology is expected to take app functioning to the next level. With the help of AR tools, integrations such as product links, social media syncing and location tracking can be made more efficient and productive than ever before.
The enterprise mobile app market will get bigger in 2017. It helps in streamlining work processes and operations in an organization. Many companies have been using business apps for better employee management and optimizing the workplace.
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Moving forward towards 2017, these trends are predicted to present new opportunities for entrepreneurs and consumers for having an exciting mobile app experience. Semaphore Software is an experienced IT partner having its footprints in the Mobile App Development. We offer one-stop mobile app solutions for multiple mobile platforms. For all your IT solution requirements, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.