In 2016, we could see a constant battle between iOS and Android applications regarding app insecurities and growing popularity of hybrid applications. According to a recent survey, by the end of this year, the number of smartphone users is about to reach 4.6 billion and predicted to go up to 4.7 billion in 2017. New strategies and trends are supposed to come up the coming year to match with the evolving mobile device technology and replace the faded and irrelevant applications with better ones.
Have a glimpse at the top trends in Application Development for the year 2017!
With the growth in the mobile app industry, security threats and attacks have also increased. With more number of users in mobile technology and applications, having a secure experience is of utmost importance. The two-step authentication for users of net banking is becoming commonplace. Developers focus on the security feature of the app by using the App Transport Security (ATS) while developing applications. iOS app developers will be implementing stronger data encryption for new apps in the coming year. Google will be using better app permission model and focusing on in-built security updates and features for applications developed for Android. The security features of iOS applications are more reliable as compared to that developed for the Android platform. Hence, app security is expected to take center stage in the year 2017.
Mobile Internet of Things
With the evolution of IoT technology, smart devices like wearable for health and fitness and smart watches are already gaining popularity amongst users as it has become central to how we live. Integrating mobile applications with IoT has benefited industries such as transportation, healthcare, energy, etc. Mobile application developers need to create apps using smart device sensors to provide security for transferring information over the wi-fi network. The revenue gained using this integrated system is expected to increase two-fold by the end of 2017.
Enterprise Mobile Apps Go Micro
Enterprise mobile apps play a major role in the growth and success of business. In the US, more than 50% businesses are ought to use enterprise mobile application by 2017. With companies opting for custom built mobile applications, managing day-to-day tasks becomes a lot easier and it thereby increases the overall productivity of the business. CRM and ERP systems are of great use to the people working for an organization to have clear access to all data and customer information. With employees of the organization having more than one smartphone, the trend of enterprise mobility going more customized is about to be a hype in 2017.
Apps with GPS/ Augmented Reality Apps
After the official success of Pokemon Go, the trend of augmented reality (AR) apps is in and flourishing. The demand for developing location-tracking/navigation applications are increasing, and it is finding acceptance in several industries. 3D game developers are looking at augmented reality to enhance the engagement levels of the users with their application. Innovation in using GPS and AR technology in applications is expected to take a toll in 2017.
Better UX designs
User experience is the key to measuring the usability and success of a mobile application. Creating an application which is easy to use and less complicated to understand and operate has become the core criteria while developing an application even this year. Diffused backgrounds with easy to tap and access call-to-action buttons allow the users to focus on the main features without much distraction. Hence, the year 2017 calls for better UX designs for mobile applications.
In 2017, the global mobile application market is expected to grow and reach $77 billion. At Silver Touch, we have an experienced team of mobile application developers, working with latest tools and technology for application development & maintenance. For all your custom application development requirements, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.