The tremendous increase in smartphone use over the years has left everyone in awe. If you are a digital marketer or mobile app development company, you know how rapidly this field is changing and evolving.
Mobile apps expanded to different platforms and different industries and categories over time. Rapid change and advancement in technology results in a change in development methodologies, which caused development companies to adjust accordingly.
After our research, here is the list of some trends that are likely to rule the era of mobile app development in 2017.
1. UX will gain more attention
UX has been an important aspect of applications from the beginning. With the advancement of technology and the new tools available in studios, UX will be taken to the next level this year. Designers spend sleepless nights thinking about the user experience that users find engaging and creative. This year, new avenues will be created with never-before-seen UX practices that will become widespread.
2. Application security
With the focus on mobile apps, hackers will switch to mobility. Hackers have already disrupted the web application ecosystem for their unethical activities, including data breach and financial theft. In the coming years, developers will need to take precautionary measures to prevent their mobile app from being attacked by hackers.
Next year, the mobile application security business will expand to the maximum.
3. Virtual and augmented reality
2016 has been very impressive when it comes to AR and VR technologies. Application development companies have started to exploit AR aggressively. One such example has spawned a game that was hugely popular: Pokemon Go. Google’s virtual reality came out this year, and since it’s in the limelight now, it’s going to be further improved next year.
However, this is not only limited to the gaming industry, it also has the potential to penetrate various other sectors, including retail shopping, restaurant business, travel, and the automotive industry, etc.
4. Hands-free devices and wearables will increase
So far there has been considerable growth in hands-free and connected devices that are connected to mobile applications. Such devices range from wearable digital watches, health monitoring devices, and fitness bands, etc. All these devices are connected to mobile applications that provide various metrics to users.
Next year, this trend will expand and several companies will try to create a new type of wearables. So, 2017 will bring amazing gadgets that are sure to leave people in awe.
Great leaders like Apple, Google are trying to reach a benchmark in wearable technology.
5. Increase in business mobile applications
This year, companies have shown interest in adapting to business mobility solutions in which they move to the mobile application to improve employee engagement and optimization of the workplace.
Business mobile apps have proven to be of great help in the business environment, making it easier for employees to work from a remote location. Businesses using business mobile apps have seen an increase in productivity.
Business applications lead to higher employee satisfaction and streamline work operations.
Since there has been a considerable increase in the past, the next few years more companies will move towards enterprise mobile applications.
6. Messaging applications get on
We have seen a considerable increase in messaging apps like Viber, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. These mobile apps have made a huge comeback in terms of grabbing users’ attention in 2016. Startups and entrepreneurs will try their hand at the messaging domain as they try to bring something new to users.
7. Era of mobile paymentss
Mobile payments have been all the rage for a couple of years now. They are slowing down the elimination of traditional payment methods. In 2017 they are expected to grow at a faster rate than before. With increased use of apps, this not only brings convenience, but also a lot of transparency and accountability.
Aside from the domains mentioned above, there are a host of ideas and categories in which entrepreneurs will try their hand at developing applications. Innovation and ideas in any field, including mobile app development, will never slow down. The world is moving towards the digital age and mobility is something that is increasing faster than anything else right now.
There’s no question that the influence of mobile apps will continue to expand in 2017 with apps spanning more domains and businesses than ever before. The trends for 2017 suggest that new technologies, along with enthusiastic mobile app development companies, will continue to push the boundaries of applications in the days to come.