5 Mobile App Development Trends for 2017 and Beyond

In 2016, you have seen a great battle between the Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, the rise of the citizen developer initiative, the growing popularity of hybrid mobile applications and endless attempts to tackle the app insecurities & loopholes. So, the year 2016 is over, it now time to focus on the mobile app development trends that would be surfacing in 2017 and beyond.

Read more to find out the top 5 trends in Mobile App Development trends of 2017:
IoT-related apps dominate  


It is expected that by the end of this year, there would be 6.4 billion devices connected on a global scale. The Internet of Things is playing a pivotal role in shaping the mobile app future trends enabling the users to manage their smart devices in a proper manner. Although, creating IoT-based apps is quite similar to what developers have been doing from past several years.

Most of the IoT apps are innovative by default, it often requires an integration of third-party or niche devices & services. Around 75% of the app breaches are made because of the misconfigurations. When it comes to building the IoT apps, mobile app security is the essential thing. If you are planning to come up with a custom-made IoT solution, then make sure you consider an experienced vendor who offers Proof of Concept, Encrypted Communications and multiple security tests.

Messengers continue to evolve

The rapid evolution of instant messengers was one of the biggest factors behind the 2016 mobile app development trends. And the following year, Messengers and AI Chatbots would become a trend of their own. Business enterprises keep looking for the new ways to reach out their target audience and market. Although, users spend approx 85% of their time using apps but only 5 apps (including messenger & social media) see heavy usage.
With the high-quality apps at your disposal, you can quickly boost your brand’s market identity. It is easy to attract customers via the WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and WeChat. A few months back, social media giant Facebook and Kik launched a Chatbot platform which enables companies to create light weight conversation programs that will use artificial intelligence to answer customer queries and deliver relevant solutions in real time.

Enterprise mobile apps go Micro & Hybrid

More and more companies are nowadays, taking enterprise solutions to the smartphones, tablets and even to the wearable techs. The rising demand for skilled mobile app developers would outstrip the available capacity by 200%. The reason there would a high supply is because of the no-code or low-code app development tools aka the Citizen Developer Initiative would soon become one of the hottest trends in the mobile app development sector. However, you cannot expect a person with no technical experience to build a high-performance mobile app.

The reason micro apps came into the scene is because they focus on small-UI centred programs that permit workers to access a certain function of an enterprise solution via the smartphone. But there’s a catch, although, developing micro apps are convenient and inexpensive, they need a seamless integration with the parent enterprise solution working at the back-end.

Another trend that appeared in the scene are the Hybrid Apps. To bring down the project development costs, more and more vendors are now turning to technologies such as HTML5, Apache Cordova and AngularJS.
 
Finally, the Android-first is happening

Earlier there were several reasons why most of the people were going for the iOS-first approach in app development sector. But from 2016 onwards, the Android was able to take reins in its hand and became one of the leading mobile operating systems. Today over 53% of the app developers prioritise Android platform. Here’s why.

First, there is a rising tendency to build a mobile app which can drive in brand awareness & customer loyalty.

Second, there are several emerging markets such as India, China, Latin America which are currently dominated by the Android OS. In the past few years, there has been a 20% growth in the smartphone sales in these countries compared to the 8% sales in the mature markets.

Finally, it’s the rapid evolution of Android’s own ecosystem. With improved developer guidelines, latest OS release, security updates in its sleeves, Google Play is on the right track and will soon steer past Apple’s App Store both in terms of downloads and revenue.

UX will marry accessibility

The market survey has revealed that 24% of the smartphone & tablet users have some sort of physical or psychological disability. There are a handful of app developers who build software keeping in mind the disability factor. It’s a huge and largely underdeveloped market. Thanks to IoT this situation will change soon. Home Automation systems, communication solutions, medical alarms etc have opened up new opportunities for the disabled persons and will reduce the barriers to living independently.

Summing Up

In this post, you will read about top five mobile app development trends that will surface in the year 2017 and beyond.

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