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From Apps To No Apps: Evolution of Mobile Applications

The first thing we all do when buying a new smartphone is installing all favorite apps to make it live and usable. From booking a cab ride to buying a gift for the loved ones, we now use dedicated apps to perform that task.

Back in 2008, Apple launched their iPhone OS and popularized easily downloadable apps through their App-store, when Google picked it own OS and introduced Android, this trend grows more quickly and provided more powerful apps to smartphones and ever since then, mobile applications became a part and parcel of our lives.

There was a time when mobile applications are wonders of the world to people and everyone is eager to try a new app that launches on the market daily. But the impact of apps has reduced to an extend. People are now overwhelmed by the plethora of apps availability in the market.

Now its been 10 years smartphone has landed the world and and pretty much everything in the world changed after its inception. The changes can be seen from the specification of smartphones and its applications to the outlook and needs of people that use them.

As business companies started to make their own dedicated apps, and only through that window a user can avail offers and discounts provided by them, it introduces a problem of visibility as not every person with a smartphone have the interest of trying out a new mobile app to avail the offer.

Dedicated applications consume time and data, take a part of the smartphone’s internal memory and populate the app drawer with big icons, it also the user the burden of finding the best app that works as there are thousands of similar applications to choose from the App-store.

In the past, people are ready to try out a new app as soon as it hits the app store, but now people are more eager to get the best service and new information without breaking a sweat, and that includes avoiding the burden of having to try out a new app.

The Future: Entropy of Apps
In future, dedicated apps will be replaced by much more advanced technologies which provide seamless service functionality. The advancement of technology increased the entropy of applications and provided much more possibilities like SuperApps, chat-bots and virtual assistants.

SuperApps
SuperApps are applications which provide multiple services to users across a single platform without the need from users to switch between apps to avail each service or information.

Traditionally evolved from dedicated apps, SuperApps are combined with a wide variety of information and services that range from instant messaging to mobile banking, booking cabs and hotels to online purchase, integrated to a single package. Not only these apps make things easy for the users, it can also reduce the time downloading and switching between apps, registering and logging in and re-entering credit card information as done in every single new app installed by the user.

With a Super App, a user can have instant messaging and mobile wallet at the same time and can transfer money across his contacts, purchase and pay a new shoe from a nearby store and book a cab back home from the same app. That’s not all, either. The same app lets to book vacation tickets and uploads picture and videos to peers and keep up with social life. This may sound familiar in China as WeChat, founded by Tencent in 2011 was using their 600 million monthly users to create an eCommerce platform that enables them to provide multiple services with the same app.

WeChat’s quarterly monthly user growth since 2011. Source: Statista
The statistics show how WeChat users increased over the years, and with the same app providing one-stop solutions to all the needs of the users, WeChat already became a must-have app in China with their 600 million monthly user base, providing a glimpse into how SuperApps can change the future of the mobile application world. But are Super Apps the one-stop solution for the best?

WeChat’s quarterly monthly user growth since 2011. Source: Statista

The statistics show how WeChat users increased over the years, and with the same app providing one stop solutions to all the needs of the users, WeChat already became a must have app in china with their 600 million monthly user base, providing a glimpse into how SuperApps can change the future of the mobile application world. But are Super Apps the one stop solution for the best?

Chatbots

A chatbot is computer programs that provide auditory or textual feedback to queries from users. Chatbots are used in the past for entertaining purposes, but the future of chatbot is backed by artificial intelligence and are designed to make logical and smarter decisions.

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Chatbots are simple applications that have the power to replace all the existing applications that we use today. Now big tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Apple are behind chatbots. According to Microsoft CEO, Nadella “Bots are the new apps,”.

The Chatbots in future can be used to arrange your business meeting, remember your wife’s birthday, and make purchases with your credit card and even alerts you to take an umbrella when you leave home.

Chat bots are simple applications that have the power to replace all the existing applications that we use today. Now big tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple are behind chatbots. According to Microsoft CEO, Nadella “Bots are the new apps,”.

The Chatbots in future can be used to arrange your business meeting, remember your wife’s birthday, and make purchases with your credit card and even alerts you to take an umbrella when you leave home.

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants are software applications that have the ability to perform certain tasks, suggestions, and feedback to an individual. With the voice-enabled search feature and human-like voice return feedback, backed by much more improved voice recognition abilities, virtual assistants are getting popular with every year.

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With the Apple having Cortana, Google working on its Google Now, and Microsoft rolling out its own virtual assistant. The coming future, virtual assistants will be taking care of most of the jobs done manually by humans. As of now, virtual assistants are limited to make simple searchable items like the weather, time, location, booking a cab, find location and direction and take pictures and so on.

In future virtual assistants could have the ability to make wise decisions and recommendations to the user and there is a huge possibility that the smartphone powered by virtual assistants have more intelligence than the average user.


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