Modern App Development: What’s Fresh, What’s Trendy?

Do you know what you are going to do in 10 years’ time? How will your music tastes change? What phone will you buy next? What will your future house or children look like? No matter how much data you gather and how closely you analyze it, how many professionals you involve in your research, it is extremely difficult to find out exactly what the future will be like. Who knows what innovation or discovery will be made that will absolutely change the way we perceive life? All we have left is to predict, make guesses and act accordingly.

Decades ago audio streaming, instant messages and video calls only lived in sci-fi books and our dreams. They used to be a mere fantasy. As for now, no single day passes without the gadgets that make it possible. Who could tell precisely how technology would one day change our lives? In other words, it has always been difficult to talk about the future. Nevertheless, we will never stop trying and will continue to analyze what we have now in order to know what to expect next.

The sea of apps

User preferences gradually change. Gaming applications used to be number one reason for app download. However, now the market is dominated by social media (Facebook and Facebook Messenger) and Google apps (YouTube, Maps, Play, Search and Gmail). Our mobile home screens are occupied by numerous application icons.

The market of mobile app development is huge. Apple App store alone offered 2 million apps for downloading this June and continues to grow. On the other hand, the amount of applications that remains on our gadgets for good tends to decrease. Remember the Apple App Store slogan? “There’s an app for that!” Well, guys, just wanted to let you know that most users say that they no longer need that…

A brave new world

Very often new things appear because we want to solve some problems and seek for another way. Here are a few issues that modern app users have to face and would be happy if app developers could offer a solution.

Issue #1. Space.

One more solution can be found thanks to ODR (On-Demand Resources). It was released with iOS 9 and allows a user to download a lightweight core of an app on installation. All other parts are further received from the Internet on request. At the moment, ODR is mostly used in games where levels are gradually downloaded as the player progresses, while assets for completed levels are deleted in order to free space. This promising technology is about to spread across all kinds of applications, not only entertaining ones.

Issue #2. Time.

Issue #3. Isolation.

Applications are already integrating with each other and it is a trend that is gaining traction in app development. For example, Uber integrated with CityMapper. Now you don’t need an Uber app to learn how much time this or that distance will take you. All the estimates are displayed in CityMapper in real time. In this particular case you need to have both applications installed, but it is likely that before long one parent app will suffice. By the way, Uber is integrating not only with navigation apps but messaging ones as well. A user will soon be able to book a trip from a Facebook conversation in which an Uber bot itself will be the app.

So, parent applications and bots with app functions are going to decrease the number of icons on our screens and free us from the necessity to install some application in order to see content and take action.

Issue #4. Mass consumer.

In addition, companies that make apps do their best in order to provide more personalized notifications. With the help of an integrated system of analytics it becomes easier to learn about user preferences and improve the notification system within your application.

But the tendency remains…

Keep in mind that users are still not inclined to purchase applications (even though the average app cost in the Apple App Store this June is only $1). At the same time they want something reliable. Modern apps contain a lot of personal data, yet in 2015 many of them failed the basic security test. So when developing your own application pay extra attention to safety issues in order to avoid unintended data leakage or broken cryptography among others.

In addition, a successful app has to represent some fresh idea, fill some gap. For example, USAA, a financial services company that attends to military members and their families, learnt that customers wanted to cash checks without going to the bank. So they created an application that allowed them to do it by taking a photo of a check with their smartphone. Knowing your users’ requirements and wishes is a good way to earn their appreciation and makes your app unique and necessary.

Also, don’t forget that a streamlined UI and app engagement are also vital for getting your app noticed. Modern apps tend to include interactive content layers, circular design patterns, cards and different forms of intuitive design.

But that’s not all. With the growing popularity of mobile retail apps, people now want to be able to pay through apps. This feature will be a strong side of your application, even if it isn’t connected to online shopping directly (if it is however, you can find some more tips on mCommerce apps right here).

And one more thing…

After you decide on the idea of your new application, make sure you choose the right method, the right tool and the right app development company to realize it. Michael Facemire also advises app developers to “invest in their JavaScript skills and work with tools like Node.js.”

Stay connected

The spreading of wearables, by the way, will require developing applications that retain their functionality and efficiency across all devices. This can be achieved thanks to cloud technology. It allows apps not only to occupy minimum space but become synchronized across multiple devices, and this is one of app trends predicted to rule the market in 2016.

Forewarned, forearmed. Don’t be afraid to step into the world of modern applications, experiment with new wearables, implement augmented reality and make windows in isolated app rooms — all of this is sure to create unique user experiences. In case you need some assistance on the way, just know that there are app developers who are ready to help you out in turning your bravest fantasy into reality.

Originally published here: Application development trends.

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