Mobile app development witnessed an unprecedented growth in 2016. The smartphone users are predicted to grow from 4.61 billion users in 2016 to 4.77 billion users in 2017. As the mobile app development industry surges, there will be a continuous emergence of newer cutting-edge technologies, than the traditional approaches. It becomes important to understand the trends on mobile app development, as soon as your company decides to opt for new mobile strategy and go for mobile expansion plans in 2017.
Factors for App Development Trends in 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be contributory towards construction techniques and is also meant to increase the capability of the mobile apps. There will be a future when we will see smarter tools which will learn from the application and style of the developers and help to write quality code. An ideal example of this is Intellisense from Microsoft, which working to improve the developer experience.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Technology giants of the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM are front runners of bot programming. Amazon Web Services (AWS), an emerging cloud development powerhouse, has announced Amazon Lex Integration, which allows the developers to build a chatbot-like conversational interface into their mobile apps.
Increasingly, we see other applications of AI in intelligent apps other than the Digital Assistants and chatbots. These intelligent apps have Virtual Personal Assistant (VPAs), which makes it easier to perform daily tasks. The sensors are separated from content delivery. Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence gives what is termed as contextual awareness of the sensor or the person. So, we will see an integration of AI and machine learning into the simpler apps of 2017. We see all the existing categories of software, whether that is security tooling or enterprise applications like ERP, will all be infused with capabilities based on AI.
App development is becoming a key strategy for ensuring the success of many companies. The best way to adopt mobile technologies for the first time lies in outsourcing mobile app development. They can thus leverage the benefits of the app-focussed strategy, so that they divert their energies towards their core competency areas, without even compromising on their resources. This will be a win-win situation for more innovative products and allow the existing service providers to scale up their operations.
It's all about adding more realities into the Augmented Reality apps, at least that is what Google thinks. Google has brought in the functionality on environmental lighting while updating its mobile vision technology platform SDK, called Tango. Google has also come out with Virtual Reality (VR) SDK, for its Daydream-ready headsets and phones. This will simplify the VR development tasks so that the developer can devote time towards building immersive and interactive VR applications.
Apple has also entered into the Augmented Reality space. It is said to be conducting a secret VR project on Augmented Reality smart glasses, VR handset, and Augmented Reality Maps. However, the concepts of VR and AR will be eventually segregated.
Serverless computing is definitely another option for mobile app development, more so because of its connection with Cloud computing. AWS from Amazon has announced its serverless enhancements to mobile apps. This provides backend functionality like data storage, user authentication, business logic, analytics, push notifications, and content delivery. AWS has the ability to power backend mobile apps with the serverless stacks. AWS Lambda is about leveraging its Cloud Logic Service that works with business logic and Amazon API Gateway has its APIs.
There is a new Cloud Logic feature that makes the developer’s life easier, for implementing this patterns and integration of the Cloud APIs with the mobile apps as well as connecting the business logic functions to AWS services or on-premises enterprise resources.
Serverless Computing is about to change mobile development. Serverless frameworks work with AWS Lambda and Google Cloud Functions, which enables the developers to build apps on the Internet of Things, web, and mobile.
There are many companies that are providing serverless platforms for mobile app development. Open Whisk is one such platform from IBM, which has the greatest advantage of being an open-source platform. Moreover, it has non-proprietary engines which allow the developers to pull tools and data that they need. Open Whisk will allow you to develop apps which will be integrated with advanced technologies like data analytics and cognitive intelligence.
Less Hybrid Apps
We will see less of hybrid app development as we progress further. A new series of features are brought into web apps with Progressive Web Apps (PWA).