The Future of Mobile App Development
Mobile applications have an undisputed presence in our everyday lives. While the app market has certainly matured, that doesn’t mean that innovation is coming to a halt.
Regular development of new technologies will continue to foster the growth of the mobile app industry, resulting in faster, safer and more advanced experiences.
Discussed below are some app development trends that will shape the future of customer experiences on mobile devices.
5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, succeeding the widely available 4G.
All networks throughout Ireland are continuously increasing their 5G presence with new towers being installed around the country bringing greater access to cities and towns.
With 5G becoming more accessible, along with the increased numbers of 5G-enabled phones, developers can broaden scope when it comes to designing apps which require higher bandwidth.
5G ultimately provides customers with faster speeds, lower latency allowing app developers to open the door to greater innovation.
Artificial intelligence is soon to have a presence in many of the mobile applications we use daily. With companies like Microsoft and Google incorporating AI elements into search engines and chatbots, other companies are likely to follow suit.
In-app artificial intelligence provides app developers with the opportunity to improve efficiencies across the business by including features such as chat automation, digital assistants, predictive analysis and AI personalisation.
Businesses in a variety of industries are already benefiting from incorporating AI in their mobile apps, and the chances are it’s still in the early stages.
Increased Presence of Wearables
Wearables are technology that is designed to be used while worn, including smartwatches, smartglasses and biosensors.
As capabilities of these devices improves over time, whether it be through processing power, battery life or design improvements, developers will need to keep apps up to date with the latest hardware.
As devices such as Apple Watch and Google Pixel Watch become more ubiquitous, software improvements will lead these devices to becoming more than just regular smartwatches, by providing effective security and healthcare features. Depending on the type of application you develop, ensuring it’s available and functional on wearable devices can put you far ahead of the competition.
Foldable devices have become the latest popular innovation when it comes to phone hardware and design. These are devices with foldable screens, turning a regular smartphone to a tablet. Manufacturers such as the Samsung, Microsoft and Oppo N utilise this technology in some of their more recent devices.
While tablets have dropped popularity sharply over the past number of years, the ability to have a phone-tablet hybrid in your pocket opens up opportunities for developers to create effective apps which utilise the screen’s real estate.
There are many drawbacks to current iterations of foldable phones, including durability, battery life and clunkiness, but with technological advancements and product material improvements, foldables may finally enter the mainstream.
Security & Privacy Prioritised
Security remains one of the primary concerns amongst app developers. As more personal information goes online, consumers are becoming concerned about how secure their data is and how effective privacy settings are.
More in-app accounts are requiring some form of two-factor or biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or face identification in recent years.
Mobile app development is still in a phase of iterative improvements along with some fringe hardware products potentially becoming the next big thing.
It’s always important for app developers to keep up to date with what’s happening in the tech world to ensure they’re ahead of the curve when it comes to releasing the next generation of their mobile applications.
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