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What Is the Future of Mobile App Development?

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What Is the Future of Mobile App Development?

This article takes you through a few things which developers need to know about future of mobile app development in order to be up-to-date on the latest trends.

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With the smartphone sales explosion in recent years and smartphones becoming cheap and more affordable, the number of persons on the Internet has been increased exponentially. The increase in volume has resulted in making the mobile app industry very big. By the end of 2016, it is expected that there would be over 10 billion devices on the Internet. There are a few things which developers need to know about future of mobile app development to be up-to-date on the latest trends.

Cross-Platform and Cross-Device Development

Apps are no longer limited to single platforms. Android, due to its pricing, will rule the platform business in terms of sales, and iOS will rule the high-end market. In time, applications will no longer be confined to specific platforms. With the evolution of HTML5, the future of mobile application will see hybrid mobile applications and will work for all platforms.

IoT Applications

Technology has made us all very lazy but the best is still to come. The IoT (Internet of Things) will help us control things around us via applications. Google Glass, Apple Watches, and others are just the beginning. These days we are seeing some great models of IoT Applications such as self driving cars, fridges that read your tweets, and rings that control everything, etc. In time, we will see more of these being used in our daily lives.

Developer Tools

With mobile application industry introducing tens and thousands of applications every year, there is too much pressure on launching applications in the shortest time period without error. Businesses also want to get in on shaping applications ASAP. The application programming interfaces and software developer kits make convenient to launch applications in shortest time. In time, we will see a rise in these applications and more advanced software kits.

Enterprise Apps

A lot of today’s focus is on customer apps but going forward the trend will head towards Enterprise apps. As enterprises are more willing to shell out money, customers get what they want.  Also, enterprises want to get up-to-date with latest technology, and mobile applications will help them do so.

Location-Based Services

As all of our day-to-day activities—whether it be ordering groceries or calling an electrician—have started becoming apps, we find more convenient ways to do them. These types of apps check your location and find the best resource nearby. In time, we will see avrise in location-based apps as its demand will rise in customers as well as enterprise domain.

Cloud Computing Apps

In 2015, we have seen the number of apps merging with cloud computing. As everyone is now shifting their databases to cloud and ISPs are also encouraging cloud storage at very nominal price. Cloud storage helps end users to sync and access their database from anywhere and with no risk of data corruption.  This trend will continue and we will see a number of new cloud computing applications.

Mobile Security Apps

With smartphones becoming more important to us and our dependence on them increases for accessing bank applications and other private data, mobile security is next big thing. Even for enterprises where breaches in data privacy can cost company fortunes, mobile security apps will see a higher demand in the coming years.

We hope this information about mobile application development will help you and your business to understand latest trends and be ready for future trends.

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