Mobile technology keeps on growing and touches new heights every day. Not a single day passes by when there is not a new update in the mobile development sector.
All kinds of businesses are following the trend of the mobile application, including small & medium scale businesses. Mobile apps are performing a very crucial role in increasing branding values, direct marketing, getting customer engagements by user-friendly UI & attracting customers by sending them to push notifications for offers & deals.
Look how far we came from using a brick-sized mobile phone with an aerial to pocket-sized smartphone carrying applications for almost all daily activities. We are texting, using social media to be in touch with friends and family, even paying bills online and sending office work through mobile. Smartphones, tablets are part of our daily routine. We rely heavily on such technology these days. So, we have come up with five current trends in mobile technology that would be very important for the future of mobile technology.
The following trends are significant for future mobile technology, and they would have a considerable impact on the industry.
Here Is The Complete List:
IoT (Internet Of Things)
The concept of IoT has been discussed for two decades now. Objects, people, and even animals are provided with unique identifiers, and such devices will keep track of them. They will help them transfer data over the internet without any human to human OR human to computer interaction. For example, a sensor in the car will notify the driver when the tire pressure is low, or there is a failure in the mechanism. Belkin WeMo is one of the popular devices in this category. It can control the lamp or blender in your house with the help of a smartphone. By using IoT services, you can manage a smart home by controlling the operations in just a single click from your smartphone, including lights turn on / off, maintaining the temperature of AC, locking/unlocking of door locks, controlling music systems, etc.
Google & Apple have also introduced ways to allow homes to be automated by voice commands – Siri & Google Assistant. Similarly, Alexa echo by Amazon & Google Home is the device using which smart IoT devices can be controlled by using just voice commands while working also.
The establishment of Artificial Intelligence has changed the way businesses operate. Previously, AI was used by only large companies. Still, now the trend changes & nowadays, API is being used in many different industries for different purposes, i.e., mutual funds, chat boats, giving verbal instructions, money transfer, etc. One of the parts of AI, Machine Learning usage is also increasing day by day. Numerous applications are taking advantage of AI to enhance the performance of the applications. By using AI & machine learning, you can get the analytics of users’ interest and provide suggestions accordingly.
Some of the services/tools which are implemented based on AI:
- Google Home
- Google Assistant
These services are already installed in smartphones, and you can also build mobile apps that will be providing voice recognition features using AI.
The demand for expensive phones in many countries is taking its toll, but on the contrary, the demand for inexpensive phones is rising. People are looking for cheap smartphones that provide the same user interface. Also, competition in the market is one of the reasons. The competing companies are coming up with more affordable phones with the same features as the likes of Apple or Samsung. So, the users are moving towards cheaper yet the same effective options. Even Apple has to come up with entry-level iPhones and iPads to compete in the market.
The rising in enterprise mobile applications would lead to awkward storage space, but Cloud storage is the best option to overcome this challenge. Multiple advantages are there while using cloud-based mobile apps like smooth performance, the flexibility of infrastructure, expandable storage, minimize cost for hosting servers.
There are various types of cloud platforms available in the market: AWS, Azure, Google, etc. It is expected to capture 76% of all revenue from the Cloud Platform in 2018 and 80% by 2020 by all these platforms.
Cloud-based applications will reduce the load on internal memory by fast fetching of data from the cloud using APIs. The cloud-based apps are most popular in the market because you can free up the local space of your device, which will increase the performance of the apps by using as much as fewer memories.
One of the biggest concerns with the rise and growth in the mobile industry would be security. We will need more updates in the security sector as more and more people are using mobile to pay bills, shop online, send and receive emails even manage bank accounts. Apple incorporated a touch ID to unlock the iPhone. With touch ID, online payment and shopping became more secure. Android is working on ‘Find my mobile’ and ‘Reactivation lock’ for more enhanced anti-theft measures.
To conclude, all the trends mentioned above will revolutionize mobile technology, and if you are designing a mobile development strategy for the future, make sure you include the trend mentioned above. I hope we have covered some basic patterns.
There are various factors which need to be considered in case of security:
- Do not store any payment related details, i.e., credit card details.
- Do not take any personal information of the users without need, i.e., contacts, photos.
- Ask for the permission of the user while taking the details of the users, i.e., Contacts, current location.
Other than above, below are the significant trends to be considered for the future of mobile application:
- Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
- Location-based technology
- Wearable technologies
- Work efficient application