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Mobile App Development Trends 2017
Alyona Oliynyk

Smart devices have become an inseparable part of our lives. But today, applications are built not just for smartphones and tablets anymore. They are needed for wearables, connected homes, smart cars, IoT-enabled devices, and much more. Here are mobile app development trends that may rule 2017:

Hybrid App Development

Hybrid apps combine features of both native and Web applications. These are the cross-platform apps with full access to phone hardware. That means they can use a smartphone camera, microphone, geolocation, etc. You can receive push-notification. Another pro is low battery and memory usage.

Cloud-driven Mobile Apps

Users frequently complain about not enough device memory, which makes them delete some apps. Cloud computing has finally found its place with mobile apps. Now, we can expect powerful mobile apps, which directly fetch data from the cloud, like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive and take minimum space in your device’s internal memory. Also, they are secure, fast, and can be built with no restriction.

According to Cisco research, cloud apps will drive 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019, and Mobile cloud traffic will be 11-fold with compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60%.

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Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence

VR and AI are happening in the gaming and entertainment industry because of a good potential to engage consumers in a meaningful way. It helps create the ultimate user experience of immersion in a new world. The market opportunity is huge: VR could be implemented in apps for industries, such as medicine, education, manufacturing, engineering, real estate, and more. Current hardware situation lets developers focus on experimental features, such as inside-out tracking and hand controls within the next year.

The AI has increased its market share in application development for the last several years. Perhaps, it is the most visible in Apple’s Siri.

Developers uses intelligent data models to interact with people and devices to automate business processes. It’s expected that investment in AI will increase by 300% this year compared 2016.

IoT

Internet of Things is all about connecting one device to another. In this setup, the mobile is always fixed; only the device connected to your mobile will change. It interweaves sensors, connected devices, networking, cloud, and analytics.

The IoT is fragmented at several levels: the radio networks, the mesh networks, operating systems, and connected devices.

The future of IoT is unsure, but it is expected that Internet of Things will be huge. IoT will grow from $157,05 billion in 2016 to $661,74 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 33,3%.

Wearables

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Wearables make technology pervasive by interweaving it into daily life. It is widely known and discussed, thanks to such devices as Apple Watch and Google Glasses. The apps for wearable devices are mostly focused on the healthcare industry, but 2017 is expected to be the year of adopting wearables by enterprises, fashion, and textile industries to improve their productivity and efficiency.

Integrating the big data

Analytics really matter for results of new technology in the market. Businesses can’t make valued decisions without relying on analysis. So, here is where the big data comes to the game. A massive scope of information is being collected by tracking the use of a device. Big data is much more than that; it shows insight into the future of something big. Actionable items in an application create more engagement; hence, understanding the result of such methods is important.

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