Mobile App Development Trends for 2017

Smartphones have penetrated in our lives so much that they are the first thing we worry about when we wake up every morning. Their influence on us is tremendous and we seem to have adjusted really well to them. Listening to music, communication, networking and knowledge sharing, and search are the few broad spectrum umbrellas for which the global citizens are using mobile phones.

According to an estimate, adults aged 25 use their phone approximately 264 times daily. The usage includes text messages, calls etc. for people aged less than 25 and in boundaries of 15–24, the usage is about 387 time per day. If the average sleeping time for this age group is considered to be 10 hours, then this equates to some sort of smartphone activity every other minute.

Seeing the statistics and the rise in mobile phone usage, we can surely predict that their use can simply not be reduced in 2017, rather vice versa. Hence, in this blog post, we will discuss the mobile app development trends that are going to stay and shape the said sector in 2017.Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

It’s been a year Google started its AMP project and just recently it announced that there will be a separate search index for the mobile web. The revolutionary step is going to change the entire mobile app development trend, especially with the SEO and website/application perspective.

Apps that are supported by Google AMP are going to load much faster on mobile devices, hence are going to reduce the bounce rate. It is also going to benefit publishers with increased ad visibility and more visitors. This advanced technology is certainly going to make it to the top of the list of app trends for this year and ahead.

Augmented reality spellbound

Even the ones who are little aware of the mobile app development trends are well aware of augmented reality and its apps. In 2016, augmented reality revolutionized the gaming and entertainment industry. Games like Pokemon go, Sky Seige and MyNav are few great examples of AR.

According to the latest research by Digi-Capital, AR application development will certainly rise towards its peak by the end of this year, hence we can apprehend some great innovation coming towards us in 2017.

Artificial intelligence (AI) getting real

Gartner stated that 2017 will witness an increase in investment in artificial intelligence, as much as 300% more than 2016. By using advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces, and machine learning techs, AI is going to provide business users the access to more powerful insights which were not available to them yet.

Due to the advantages that lie within the inception of AI, online biggies like Facebook, Google, eBay etc are acquiring startups those who are adept at AI. We have already seen some amazing AI apps, like Prisma and Siri and we must look forward to some great AI enable apps in 2017.

Cloud-driven mobile will rise

Every one of today’s age has heard of cloud technology and how it’s impacting our lives collectively. 2017 is the time when cloud computing finds a place in mobile apps, which will aid indirectly fetching of data from the cloud and will take minimum space in your mobile phone’s memory.

The cloud-based data storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive are only the tips of an iceberg. According to a Cisco research, globally, cloud-based apps will drive 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019 and mobile cloud traffic will see a compound annual growth of 60%, annually.

Advancing enterprise and micro apps

The main goal of any enterprise app is to help in restructuring, managing and streamlining business processes for any given business. A micro app, on the other hand, aims to complete much-targeted operations. Both are doing their operations and are accepted widely in the business fraternity.

Adobe did a study that says almost 77% business owners found enterprise apps beneficial and 66% are fueling investment for further use. A whopping $430 billion app enterprise app market is expected by 2021, hence this mobile app trend is not only for 2017 but for the further years to come.

Security, an increased focus

As per Gartner predicted; more than 75% mobile apps will not pass through the basic security tests. Another support comes from an HP study that revealed that 70.6% of mobile apps can access data stored on external storages and 94.7% apps include logging methods. These surveys majorly indicate the following concerns:

Hackers will tend to continue exploiting security loopholes in mobile apps to steal sensitive and confidential customer data. This is probably the one and the only negative trend that is going to have its place secured in the times of 2017.

However, Javascript frameworks are in making that could guarantee us secure and scalable apps. We could only wait and watch!

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