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

A growing concern among mobile phone users is the security of within apps. According to research, an astonishing 75% of apps on the market would fail a basic security test. This has become a priority for app developers, given that they want to encourage users to download their app without needing to worry about security issues. Apps can store personal data, so it's essential that all customer information is kept secure. 

Wearable Technology

The wearable devices market extends to more than just fitness trackers and smartwatches, though they have become among the most popular. Newer devices are all geared towards fitting in with the wearer's lifestyle, enhancing their day. Sleep trackers and fitness shoes are predicted to be the next big thing. It's anticipated that such apps and devices will become even more popular in the years to come. 

Cloud-Based Apps

Though storage on smartphones is getting even bigger as the devices get smaller, many users still dislike the idea of using up space on their phone for apps. That's where cloud-based apps come in. Apps such as Dropbox are becoming increasingly used, giving users space to store files and images away from their phone storage. This reduces the impact on the phone's internal memory, freeing up more space for the user. 

Increased Personalisation

In a world with tailored advertisements and services, it's no wonder that mobile apps are headed in the same direction. Personalised recommendations of what you might want to watch on Netflix, and where you might want to go next on Airbnb is all part of the increased customised service. The information is based on your past preferences, aimed to predict what you might like. 

Payment with Mobile Phones

By now we're all used to paying contactless with our cards. However, one of the payment methods lagging behind is Apple and Google pay. For some reason, many users haven't quite got to grips with paying with their mobile phones. It's expected that this will change in the next few years when it becomes more normalised. 

What does the Future Hold?

It's likely that we'll see these changes quicker than expected, as we are so often surprised by what's possible thanks to the newest technology. The only factor they may hold us back is our ability to adopt what's being given to us. For many these advancements are exciting but it can take time to catch on to the general public who need to be swayed to the new ways in which the mobile app developments can benefit their lives.

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About the Author


Paul Matthews is a Manchester based business and tech writer who writes in order to better inform business owners on how to run a successful business. You can usually find him at the local library or browsing Forbes' latest pieces.