7 Mobile App Trends to Watch out for in 2017
Smartphones have become an essential part of our daily lives. From setting the first alarm in the morning to keeping in touch with people, listening to music, watching videos, reading the news, creating calendars, and so on, the smartphone helps us seamlessly get through our day to day lives.
2.1 billion people around the world own a smartphone. A TouchPoints report showed the following results: Adults aged 25 and above use their phones around 264 times a day. People between the ages of 15-24 hit around 387 times every day.
Usage of the smartphone is not going to drop anytime soon. However, 2017 does come with a few new trends.
#1 AR and VR will take on the industry
Augmented Reality (AG) and Virtual Reality (VR) may not be new concepts to you. In 2016, AR and VR have been revolutionary in the gaming and entertainment industry. Games like Pokemon Go are good examples of AR whereas devices like the Samsung Gear VR are gaining popularity.
And this is not set to slow down in 2017. More apps and devices alike are said to release using AR and VR.
#2 Hybrid technologies get advanced
It has been reported that hybrid technologies will likely gain momentum making developers inclined towards using tools like AngularJS, Ionic, and Cordova for agile hybrid app development projects. This increase in acceptance levels towards hybrid devices can be attributed to the BYOD practice that is prevailing around the world.
#3 A mobile Internet of Things
The potential of mobile app development and IoT have been tremendous. There has been no doubt that the revenue and profit from these two will increase by a two-fold by the end of 2017.
#4 Artificial intelligence will gain more popularity
Gartner found that there will be more than a 300% increase in the investment in artificial intelligence in the next year compared to 2016. Through the use of advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces into complex systems, and machine learning techs, AI will provide businesses the access to powerful insights never before available to them.
AI apps like Prisma, Google Now, and Siri have been a huge success, and the industry will expect more like these in 2017.
#5 Cloud-driven mobile apps on the rise
Cloud computing has now found its place in mobile apps. Mobile apps will now be able to directly fetch data from the cloud as well as take up minimum space on a smartphone's internal memory.
Apps like the Google Drive and OneDrive will only be the tip of the iceberg. There is research that shows that the cloud apps will drive close to 90% of the total mobile app traffic which indicates that the cloud mobile app trend is here to stay.
#6 Security will take the front seat
Gartner has predicted that around 75% of the mobile apps will not pass the basic security tests. An HP study goes on to say that 70.6% app will be able to access external storage and 94.7% will include logging methods. These surveys raise some concerns. Hackers will continue exploiting security gaps that mobile apps have to steal sensitive as well as confidential information. And this is one of the negative trends that will not cease this year.
#7 Wearable devices will be the primary focus
According to IDC, the market for wearable devices will experience a CAGR of 20.3% leading to 213.6 million units shipped in 2020. Wearable devices became a huge success in the previous years with Apple Watch Series, Pebble 2, Fitbit Flex 2, etc. This area proves to be one of the promising trends in 2017.
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