Mobile Applications

How Mobile App Development will Change in the Next Couple of Years

Written by Paul Matthews

There have been a number of rapid developments in technology in the last 10 years that have allowed us to create previously inconceivable things. Robot "humans", driverless cars and a ride into space on a passenger aircraft - to name a few. One of those developments has been our smartphones, something that has now become an extension of our everyday lives.

Given the rate at which smartphones have drastically adapted in such as short space of time, it's only natural to look ahead and consider just how big a part they will play in our future. See below a list of predictions from mobile app development companies that we're likely to see sooner than you think: 

Utilising Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has already started to infiltrate our lives, particularly in terms of gaming - take Pokémon Go for example. However, there's more to come from virtual reality and our mobile devices. Increasingly, companies such as Samsung, Apple and Facebook are looking into ways to create a more immersive world for better user experience. One in which we don't even need to look away from our screens. This, combined with the fact that Virtual Reality is developing terribly fast with the support of applications and technologies such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) is probably the biggest venture for what concerns the mobile development sphere. 

Higher App Security

Mobile Apps Dominate Public Cloud Workloads

The workload most commonly moved to a public Cloud consist of mobile apps, according to 66% of Cloud developers in Evans Data's newly released Cloud Development Survey.  The survey, conducted in early December 2018 among active Cloud developers, also found that workloads vary between public, private and hybrid Cloud systems.  While mobile apps were cited significantly more often than others for public Clouds, database, security, and backend services were virtually tied for top workloads for private Clouds and IoT was most commonly mentioned for Hybrid Clouds.

When it comes to the business motivations for selecting a particular Cloud offering, agility was mentioned by 45% of the respondents and time to value for analytical initiatives was cited by 43%.  Agility and time to value for analytical initiatives both juggle two key considerations in terms of timeliness and insight. Whereas agility allows a business to quickly pivot to address changing needs and opportunities, quicker time to value not only means that development platforms will provide information quickly, but also that organizations will be able to receive the business insights that inform their ability to forecast how their current strategy will perform in the short term and/or pivot their strategies to address changes in the market.

IDERA Introduces Mobile App in Uptime Cloud Monitor Release

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IDERA, a provider of powerful database productivity tools, today announced an update to its Uptime Cloud Monitor product that improves mobile monitoring capabilities, adds support for more versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, and extends support of a variety of Microsoft Azure virtual machines, servers, and databases.

IDERA Uptime Cloud Monitor provides essential monitoring tools and capabilities that help IT professionals identify and address cloud infrastructure and application issues. This latest update allows users to monitor servers and websites in real-time and receive push alert notifications any time, any place with Uptime Cloud Monitor's mobile applications for Apple iOS and Android.

"As organizations migrate more infrastructure to the cloud, Uptime Cloud Monitor gives IT administrators an end-to-end view of all their systems, eliminating blind spots between on-premises data and the cloud," said Robert Anderson, vice president of product management at IDERA. "Our new mobile capabilities extend these monitoring capabilities to iOS and Android devices so IT can identify and react to potential issues before they become serious problems -- anywhere they go."

Fuze Expands Global Footprint in Latin America and Launches Multi-Language Desktop and App Experiences

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Fuze, the leading cloud-based communications solution provider for the modern global enterprise, today announced its expansion in Latin America with a new data center in Brazil in response to increased demand from enterprise customers. In conjunction with the announcement, the company also unveiled the availability of its desktop and mobile app experiences in three new languages: German, French, and Spanish.

The latest Fuze data center is designed to improve call quality for Fuze users in the region, reduce latency for connectivity to Fuze products and services, and extend Fuze's global reach through carrier relationships. With this expansion in Latin America, Fuze builds upon its existing nine data centers worldwide across four regions.

itopia Debuts Native Mobile App for Cloud Workspace Management at IT Nation 2016

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Empowering IT service providers and MSPs to capitalize on the move to a cloud-first, mobile-ready world, itopia today introduced its Cielo app, the IT and telecom industry's first native mobile application for cloud workspace management. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the app empowers channel partners to provide customers with on-the-go management and technical support from virtually anywhere at any time.

Available now at no additional charge to itopia partners, the Cielo app simplifies and streamlines the support cycle for IT service providers and MSPs while dramatically improving the user and customer experiences. The new app is also proven to help technicians make better use of their time and manage support costs by reducing -- and in many cases eliminating -- the need for onsite trouble-shooting resources.

VCE Launches New VxRacks for Cloud, Mobile Apps

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VCE, a highly successful company conceived by EMC, Cisco Systems, Intel and VMware five and half years ago, made news May 4 at EMC World 2015 here by announcing a new line of hyper-converged data center systems called VxRacks. The company said these new server-storage packages will enable enterprises and service providers to more easily manage the deployment of next-generation scale-out cloud, distributed and mobile Tier 2 applications.

VCE VxRack systems enable users to start with dozens of servers and scale to thousands with up to 38 petabytes of storage capacity while delivering high performance/value per IOP. Most importantly, VCE offers its proven methodology of pre-engineered, preconfigured factory-built infrastructure with single-call lifecycle support to VxRack Systems, providing owners with the same VCE customer experience...

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Cloud Computing: South River Technologies Launches WebDrive Mobile App

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South River Technologies, Inc. (SRT), an innovator in secure file transfer, has announced the launch of its WebDrive mobile app for iPhone and iPad applications. WebDrive is designed to make accessing files on a multitude of cloud services and corporate web servers more convenient and efficient.

WebDrive for iOS enables users to access all of their files, presentations and videos through one simple app, rather than requiring an application for each storage service. This creates a simple way for users to access, share and view all of their content...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft rolls out Skype for Windows Phone 8 and Outlook Web App updates

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Microsoft has taken the wraps off updates for two of its customer-facing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products: Outlook Web App and Skype for Windows Phone 8. Outlook Web App, the enterprise-focused version of its Outlook.com cloud email service, now sports a delegate access configuration feature. Even though you're off having a good time, it's still business as usual in the office. The feature allows users to give permission for others to check their inbox and manage their calendar while they are away.

In a blog post introducing the delegate access feature for Outlook Web App, three members of the Office 365 team wrote: “Let’s say you're about to go on vacation and ... you've decided to turn work email off on your phone and leave your laptop at home for this trip...

Cloud Computing: Domo's Mobile App Is Winning Rave Reviews From Customers Across All Industries

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Domo, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is redefining the business intelligence (BI) market, is making waves with executives across all industries for its mobile app. Available via the iTunes Store, Domo's mobile app works the way its customers do.

Josh James, Domo founder and CEO, says, "Users have been conditioned to believe that mobile applications are less functional than desktop apps. At Domo, we believe that mobile should outperform what the desktop experience delivers. From the beginning, we've focused on completely resetting expectations. In addition to making our mobile app on par with our desktop application, we're adding new capabilities that deliver a surprisingly more insightful, intuitive and user-friendly experience."...

Cloud Computing: 9 Ways Parallels Access Makes Your iPad Better

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Mobile and desktop devices tend to be thought of as distinct things, but the boundaries between them have blurred considerably in recent years. It's not just that devices can share data through cloud services and can run virtual machines. It's that we're starting to treat devices as interfaces for computing, rather than computers themselves. Our devices may be capable of handling local computation, but that's becoming a separate consideration. Parallels Access, a new app for iPad, exemplifies this trend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Parallels made a name for itself creating software to let Mac users run Windows.

Access allows iPad users to run applications on remote OS X and Windows computers through Apple's tablet. Sorry, no Android. There's plenty of software that provides computer-to-computer remote access, such as Chrome Remote Access, TeamViewer and VNC. And mobile devices can do this too, through apps like LogMeIn Ignition...