Mobile application development technologies are evolving rapidly with the evolution in mobile device technology. It may sound a bit early to predict the app trends in 2017, but the trends are already clear with the booming growth of technology seen in 2016. Also, the design trends evolve and change with the time and technology. New mobile design trends 2017 are already making a buzz among mobile app designers and developers. The evolution of the mobile app development trend happens due to the constantly evolving requirements of the end users. As we are in the last quarter of the year 2016, let’s see what is trending in the world of mobile app development.
Rise in Hybrid Technology
Ionic, Angular JS, PhoneGap, Cordova, are names of only a few technologies that can help augment the hybrid app development in future. With the increasing popularity of hybrid app development platforms, Google’s Material Design too is getting evolved to support application development for different platforms like Windows Phone. Cross-platform applications are more in demand due to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture being adopted by most of the companies.
Attention to App Security
With the development of mobile app industry, security concerns and threats to the apps have also grown. In the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple announced that they will be incorporating the robust App Transport Security (ATS) for all iOS applications. Stronger data encryption can help to get new improved and more secure apps. For this, Google is trying with more stringent app permissions model and security updates.
Importance of mobile app UX designs
Mobile app designs and UX is nevertheless the key factor responsible for the success or failure of the mobile app. Visually appealing app designs and user-friendly UX attracts visitors and engage users. For best and intuitive user experience, the mobile app should be designed keeping latest app design trends in mind. The new design trends in 2017 will surely be things like grid-based interface designing, split-screens, visuals, splash, parallax graphics, micro interactions, etc.
Mobile messaging apps will be on rise
Giant messaging apps like Facebook, which is popular in the United States, and WeChat, which has more than 500 million users, are in huge demands. As 2017 approaches, the trend of messaging apps are going to be even popular and many more messaging apps are expected to be launched in app stores.
Cloud Technology is here to stay
During the year 2015 and 2016, an interesting relationship has emerged between cloud computing and mobile apps. Using cloud technology, centrally coordinated apps were delivered to any devices. This trend is going to stay in 2017 as well, due to the numerous amount of benefits offered by cloud technology. Benefits of cloud support for app developers:
- Cloud support allows developers to deal with memory issues and bandwidth management, thus helping in retaining the small size of mobile apps.
- It also allows developers to sync their apps with multiple devices. This function becomes important with advent of wearable gadgets like Samsung Gear and Apple Watch.
- Mobile devices and wearable devices can sync easily for their apps and app extensions, due to cloud compatibility.
Thus, many of the future mobile apps are said to be driven by the cloud.
IoT applications – Smart Homes and Smart Cities
Our homes are already being occupied by smart TVs, smart washing machines and smart refrigerators. The information is being exchanged between appliances and mobile apps. The same concept is emerging for a complete city giving rise to the term ‘Smart cities’. As India is on the verge of developing smart cities, smart and advanced technologies are being inculcated to make things happen. All the futuristic appliances are being engineered with smart integrations. Thus IoT applications are going to be an important part of business strategy for most of the mobile app development companies in India and across the world.
Location based services and GPS based mobile apps
Throughout 2016, location-based services (LBS) are predominantly defining the GPS based mobile apps. Apps like restaurant booking apps, taxi booking apps, apps for on-demand services like plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc. In coming future, each and every utility service is going to use GPS based mobile apps to target potential customers.
Constantly growing app market
The market for mobile apps, which is already big, is going to grow and will become even bigger. Already the number of mobile apps in major app markets like Android Play Store and iOS App Store have reached the figure of 2 billion. As per the survey, 46 percent of mobile app users have used paid services of their apps. So by 2017, billions of downloads will generate around $77 billion of revenue.
At Krify, we are constantly following the updates in mobile app development trends and create robust applications to compete and deliver the best to survive and excel in the competition of the market.