Top 10 Trends in Mobile App Development for 2016
With mobile phones becoming ubiquitous, it is natural that apps are being used and loved widely. Mobile application development is one of the most growing areas in the world today. Small and medium businesses are crazy after the new and upcoming trends in mobile app development. A thorough understanding of mobile apps is necessary for the marketing strategies of these businesses, which explains their obsession with them. The year 2016 is not over yet, and the coming months are going to witness the ushering in or refinement of the following trends.
- More power to Enterprise Apps
With increasing sales and usage of mobile devices, there is a huge growth in the number of mobile apps to be found on different app stores today. However, enterprise apps are enjoying more popularity due to the various advantages, such as greater financial benefits, associated with them. Businesses are ready to pay bigger money for the best apps in their respective segments, to edge past their competitors. In addition, with the rise in demand for cross platform devices and cloud computing, cross-platform app development is anticipated to get more popularity in app development.
- Surge in the use of IoT (Internet of Things)
Already, Internet of Things (IoT) has become a big thing in mobile trends. It is being regarded as a huge revolution in digital technology. For instance, smart refrigerators, smart toasters and smart cars are becoming more and more popular in homes today. If Cloud has synchronized documents on varied platforms, IoT is set to connect devices across the globe with a wide variety of sensor-enabled devices, Virtual Private Networks and more.
- Greater demand for Mobile App Security
According to a 2015 Gartner Report, over 75% of apps failed to satisfy the basic security measures. This means there will be higher need for mobile app security in 2016. The entire year kept developers very busy with handling different security issues. With the way app security is becoming increasingly important, it appears that it is set to be in more developmental stage in 2016 and in the coming years. The race has already begun. Google Android Marshmallow and the Apple iOS9 have already started improving on the security front. Security cannot be neglected if mobile apps have to become a resounding success. Nobody would like to have the security of his banking information or SSN details being hacked or stolen due to an app with poor security features.
- Demand for Cloud-based apps,
2016 and beyond will see an overlap of mobile and cloud computing, which would make sure that apps would be delivered to a wide variety of devices. With mobile devices getting more and more usage and prominence, the Cloud has more importance. These days, it comes with many advantages – such as synchronizing apps or managing the bandwidth across various smart devices or maintaining the small size of mobile apps.
- More importance of the Beacon Technology
Prior to the emergence of the Beacon Technology, there were huge differences in online and offline technology. iOS has completely taken up this technology, and it is anticipated to be embraced by Google Android in the coming days. Every industry is expected to gain from the utilization of this kind of technology – whether it comes to education, tourism, advertising, automotive or real estate.
- Greater attention for Apple’s Swift
Swift, the programming language from Apple, is going to enjoy more attention in the development of mobile application. Apple is going all out in promoting Swift as a systems language and application language. It is also being billed as the programming language of the coming years. Swift is actually created on a sophisticated compiler infrastructure, which allows developers the chance to write code that is more dependable, straight from the beginning. Swift, ever since its release in September 2015, has become a component of the Xcode tools. Although it is not going to be a substitute for Objective C, it is significantly quicker. Presently, developers are familiarizing themselves with the language and its intricacies. You can expect it to be used in tVOS apps, WatchOS and even iOS apps.
- Greater Personalization of Mobile Apps
According to employees, the ability to remotely access work data from a mobile device makes them capable of doing their jobs more easily. This information has been shared by the famous Cloud Consulting agency Bluewolf in one of its latest researches. Focusing on personalization over the saturation of mobile apps is expected to drive greater adoption of customer engagement and different tools in the domain.
- More Steam for Hybrid HTML5
Native mobile apps will always be preferred by some developers. However, Hybrid HTML5 app development is expected to get more steam in the consumer and enterprise apps section. For most enterprise apps in 2016 and beyond, Hybrid HTML5 is expected to be the most preferred choice.
- Popularity of Wearable gadgets
With Google Glass and Apple iWatch coming into the market, the craze for wearable devices has begun to grow higher. With watchOS2 getting a big launch in 2016, the test has become more challenging for WatchKit designers in the current year. There are apps being built for these wearable devices. Even before 2016 has ended, the total number of apps built for the Apple Watch has hit the 10,000 mark. The number is only set to grow in the coming years.
- The growth of M-Commerce
According to experts, m-commerce will go on to be in fashion for the coming time. The more widespread the use of smart devices will be, the better will be the boost that m-commerce will receive. In the last two years, more and more people are being found to take up Apple Pay and Google Wallet to make purchases of products and pay for services. This is making m-commerce more popular. With the rise in popularity of payment without the need for an actual Visa or credit card, developers are getting the hint that more such apps can be created to let buyers make payment online without using credit or debit cards.