The mobile app market grows bigger every day, with huge numbers of apps released around the clock by a multitude of software companies. While many of them fail to gain traction, the ones that succeed advance the industry as a whole, and many of them take into account these development trends.
After a slow start, with products like the Apple Watch and Google Glass dominating the market to varying degrees of success, the idea of wearable technology is now mainstream and widely accepted. Anything that can be given extra functionality is being linked to networks, and a host of new options are available for app developers. One of the more recent developments is the advent of smart headphones and even wearable speakers. Similarly to watches and other wrist wearables, headphones are a technology that is already familiar to most users – but now can incorporate motion sensors, microphones, GPS and more. Finding new ways to incorporate these elements will mean success, as the hardware market is only growing.
AR and VR.
Mobile hardware itself has benefitted from a host of new sensors and processing capabilities. The widespread introduction of spatial sensors and motion detectors, combined with more powerful processing and advances in software, has meant that augmented reality applications are becoming increasingly popular with web development services. While virtual reality was once considered a fully immersive possibility geared towards gaming and entertainment, augmented reality – overlaying information onto the real world – promises to have far wider reach and application. From mapping to service providing, new AR applications are appearing on the market daily.
The Internet Of Things.
The IoT has thrown up a lot of red herrings, but while its use as a marketing buzzword has decreased, its actual implementation is now widespread. For the most part this has been down to figuring out what it’s actually good for – think remote controlled lights and connected cars, rather than toasters and fridges. The idea of controlling your whole life from your phone has been surpassed by a more pragmatic approach to the possibilities interconnectivity provides, but the concept stays the same.
Cloud Storage Is Everywhere.
Cloud computing was initially marketed as an easy way to access your data anywhere you go, but the real benefits of distributed data are only beginning to become apparent. Many on-demand services operate from cloud storage systems, whether media or communications, and with the increased networking capabilities of new mobile infrastructure technologies, that trend is only going to continue. Another significant development is offloading storage from devices and into the network, as filled-up phones become a more widespread problem.
AI and Chatbots.
Chatbots used to be something of a joke to most users – incapable of understanding more than the most basic requests, mistrusted by many and often unreliable when they did manage to make the connection. That’s changing rapidly, as the technology has finally matured to the point of being more reliable – and cheaper to run – than more traditional forms of customer support. With text-based instant communication commonplace and in many cases more popular with consumers than voice or email, enhanced chatbot technology is forming the main line of communication between many service providers and their customers.