The last few years have been phenomenal for mobile app development. With a growing need for app development due to the increasing use of smartphones, app developers have had to raise the bar when it comes to developing apps that meet today’s performance requirements and user experience demands.
Despite the complexity of developing and maintaining mobile applications across multiple mobile infrastructures, mobile apps are now taking a more streamlined approach to meet specific user needs. Here, we’re going to discuss some of the notable changes in mobile app development, as well as some trends to expect in the coming year.
More Focus on Cloud-Based App Development
Cloud-based app development is set to revolutionize the smartphone industry. As more developers and even businesses opt for cloud integration when it comes to developing and launching mobile and web applications, we’re likely to see a sharp shoot in cloud-based app traffic. Mobile apps will fetch more data from the cloud, reducing device load.
To fully benefit from cloud technology, more businesses are shifting from traditional application infrastructures to cloud-based app development and taking advantage of new developer tools to create better performing mobile applications with some of the top programming languages in 2018 according to Stackify.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
The use of accelerated mobile pages is expected to impact mobile app development. This will greatly enhance page loading times on mobile devices and also give the provision of isolated search index for the increasingly growing mobile web. Faster mobile pages help reduce the overall bounce rate and also improve ad visibility, page ranking, visitors and content readability.
Improved Mobile App Security
As more people go mobile, there’s always a growing demand for mobile app security. Both mobile users and developers are increasingly concerned about mobile security, especially with the rising cases of hacking. To ensure better client mobile security, developers must take concrete steps to secure mobile apps, according to a Lifewire software security article.
Seamless integration of security processes from the onset of app development must be done. Potential security problems must also be addressed during the app design, development, testing and deployment stages to ensure the app is secure. In a world where mobile technology is growing, expect to see more developers gaining skills in maintaining app security.
There is no doubt that on-demand apps have been on the rise. Look at apps like Uber, and you’ll see that more people are opting for mobile applications that make life easier and more convenient. If you can access and use an app from anywhere and get a service or product that you need without much hassle, why shouldn’t you have it?
On-demand apps on the rise include food delivery services, cleaning services, beauty services, taxi services and laundry services. The combined benefit of convenience, easy availability of the services, timely delivery and easy mobile payments makes these apps even more popular. More of these mobile applications will form part of our day-to-day lives in the coming year, so users, businesses and developers should bear that in mind.
Chatbots, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Customized, conversational interactions with online shoppers are becoming highly lucrative for e-commerce businesses. An app development trends article on Dzone.com notes that up to 85% of all customer interactions will proceed without any form of human assistance by 2020. Mobile apps are increasingly learning and adapting to user’s preferences through machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Chatbots are being integrated into mobile app development. With already existing AI apps like Siri, Google Now and Prisma, we should expect to see the AI mobile app development trend staying intact. As mobile development evolves, more changes are expected in 2018.