10 Mobile App Development Trends for 2018 | iOS, Android, Windows

Did you know mobile app ecosystem, being the biggest technology market has 6.6 million mobile apps present in the app store?

According to Statista, 2017 has witnessed 197 billion mobile application downloads. Enterprises all over the world have agreed upon a fact that the strategy of mobile app development is no longer an investment. It is one of the lifelines for the survival of the brand in the market.

2017 has been the phenomenal year for app development. There are endless opportunities and need for mobile app development as the dependency of consumers on smartphones is increasing by leaps and bounds.

It is estimated that by 2021, the growth of mobile app development with the focus on Internet of Things (IoT) will reach $661, 74 billion. However, this year will bring noteworthy changes and innovations in the mobile app development because smartphones are our continuation.

Below are the latest mobile app development trends 2018 that will predict the future of app development.

1. Wearable apps and Internet of Things (IoT)

Wearable apps and Internet of Things

The adoption of IoT is increasing day by day starting from the healthcare sector, education, retail, automotive to the manufacturing sector. It is predicted that the growth of IoT will rise from $157bn to $661.74bn by 2021. The CAGR will be 33.3%.

Google has released permissions for most of the stuff on Android to adopt IoT, as the number of smart devices is also increasing rather than smartphones. The idea of smart cities, smart home, and smart retail is growing that uses IoT.

2. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality

This year has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the world of games such as Pokemon Go, Subway Surfers, Temple Run and many more. In the digital cake, AR is the icing part; while on the other hand, VR is redefining the world.

Amazon Go to Amazon is already utilizing this trending technology in order to disrupt the retail industry. Predictions state that by 2020, AR and VR will generate revenue up to $150 billion.

3. Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP)

Accelerated Mobile Page

It is a vital trend that we cannot miss. Thank Google for inventing the AMP project that has accelerated the speed of page loading in the mobile devices.

It is an open source initiative (by Google and Twitter) publishing technology that has helped the developers to build higher performance websites that will run smoothly on mobile devices.

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mobile app development

Artificial Intelligence

There are lot many things like Intelligent Apps, Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA), IoT, Cyber Security etc. which will employ ample capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.

A report from International Data Corporation predicted the fact that the market of AI will witness a revenue growth of $47 billion approximately in 2020.

Till now, we have some amazing apps using AI such as Suiri, Prisma, and Google Now. Hope we are expecting more this year keeping this trend as intact.

5. Android Instant Apps

Android Instant Apps

Some mobile apps are there that acts like websites and requires no installations are responsible for attracting huge traffics at their convenience. Huge benefits are there such as compatibility in all android versions, save space in your smartphone as it requires no installation.

For instance, Vimeo is an Android Instant App that has increased the duration of the session by 130% in the year 2017. Android Studio is mainly responsible for leveraging this technology while modularizing the app.

6. A boom of Chatbots in mobile App development

Chatbots in mobile App development

The market of chatbot is growing at CAGR of 38% approximately and by 2023, it is expected to reach $6 billion. The most popular chatbots that have been invented in 2017 are ENO, MELODY, PONCHO, etc. US consumers are more likely to interact with the chatbots by 65% in 2018.

Chatbots when combines with the mobile app are responsible for providing a better customer interaction that leads to far better customer engagement.

7. Mobile Application Security

Application Security

Cybersecurity is the vital trending aspect of the mobile app that will dominate all the aspects of the various technological advancements.

Apple has changed to Swift from Objective C would be a vital reminder to the designers and developers across the world while integrating IT security at the early stage of the mobile app development. The security of a smartphone is crucial as it contains a lot more personal data.

8. Cloud-Based Apps

Cloud-Based Apps

With the development of cloud technology, the growth of cloud-based mobile apps is increasing as it is much easier as well as quicker while getting data without creating an impact on the internal phone memory.

Google Drive and Dropbox are the main contributors to the cloud storage that has developed the trend of development of Cloud-based apps.

9. Blockchain

Blockchain

In recent times, the technology of blockchain has gained importance than any other forms of technology. Blockchains are defined as the blocks of information of a company being it is a transaction, bitcoins that can be altered without changing the blocks and collusion of the network.

Hence blockchain based measures are to be implemented in the mobile apps soon in order to improve the security. Data tyrants across the world are scared like hell with the latest technologies in this field as this leads to the elimination of the scope of data tampering.

10. On-demand Mobile Apps

On-demand Mobile Apps

2017 has witnessed the development of on-demand mobile apps due to their convenience in our life. With the increase in the number of start-ups, the growth of on-demand app is becoming the new trend of mobile app development.

You can see that majority of these apps falls under the category of laundry service, food ordering app, taxi services, cleaning services, beauty services and many more.

Do you want to know the popularity of these apps? It is because of their availability of nearby services, convenience, easy payments, timely services, etc. Examples include Uber, Airbnb, MakeMyTrip, GrubHub, Swiggy, Bigbasket, Urbanclap, etc.

#Bonus Trend – the world will fly at a 5G speed

A new digital speed of 5G will be evolved soon this year due to the embodiment of AI, Machine learning, cloud technologies that will result in the unstoppable growth of mobile app development while harnessing the disruptions of technology.

Wrapping up:

Now when you know about the most popular mobile app development trends for 2018, do not forget to customize these trends while developing your app in the market. We are sure that these disruptions of technology will definitely help in innovating a topical app in front of your end user. Mobile app development is in its prime stage of development so gear up to keep you at the top of the game.

Uriah Solutions, a pioneer in mobile app development is known for harnessing the technology while developing creative mobile apps. We are the leader in creating user-friendly modern mobile apps on the platforms of Android, iOS, and Windows.

Our creative experts are leveraging the current trends of mobile app development so that you can get a great experience while using the apps on their smartphones as well as we make sure that the companies can extract the maximum benefit out from their mobile apps.

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