It has been Over 1 billion smartphones and again according to the study more over 179 billion mobile applications downloaded per year, mobile development is currently one of the innovative and actively growing sectors. And it can be said that the mobile market is arguably dominated by the applications like Google apps (Gmail, Maps, and Search), Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) and Gaming apps (Angry birds, Temple Run). So many highly rated brands are using mobile applications for branding and for improving customer engagement, direct marketing too. Small, medium and huge businesses are also following the mobile trend. Ultimately it can be seen that an effective mobile strategy involves more than just a mobile-friendly website. The trend for Mobile application development is driven by the advancements in technology which requires businesses achieve their target in business in next few years.

At the same time, apart from the tremendous involvement of Mobile in all types of businesses, we can see that by the passing of time development in the technology, we can see that some of the smartphones possess smarter capabilities than mobile phones, providing then additional, essentially functions like web browsing, multimedia entertainment, games etc, and likewise it possesses the features much like mini-computers, and that is only small enough to fit in your pocket. The innovations in the face of Smartphones appeared in the market close to two decades ago and that is as the alternative to mobile phones which carry the primary function to enable only two-way communication by text or calls. The smartphones of today have other extended capabilities in its specification including in-built high-quality camera lenses, mobile apps that aid productivity, battery life, video-streaming as well as connectivity that enable millions to stay connected while on the go.

Some of the trends which will determine the future of mobile application development are listed below:

Wearable devices & its huge scope

Mobile- The greatest Innovation

It can be said that “People only really have one phone, but when it comes to wearables, you have more chances to sell a product because in the future, people will have a lot more wearables on them, whether watches or fitness trackers, or even smart clothing,” he says. “There will be a massive opportunity to sell more products to us.”

According to IDC which is (International Data Corporation) report, there are over 101.9 million wearable devices were shipped in 2016-17, and this is up by a strong 29 percent from the 79 million units shipped in 2015. Smart wearables like the Apple Watch and Microsoft’s Hololens show an upcoming change in computing and feature that brings transition from basic to smart wearables. And then this led to opens up new opportunities for its market and the vendors along with, app developers, and accessory makers. The smartphone will become the hub of a personal-area network consisting of wearable gadgets such as on-body healthcare sensors, smart jewellery, smart watches, display devices (like Google Glass) and a variety of sensors embedded in clothes and shoes. These gadgets will communicate with mobile applications to deliver information in new ways. And that will enable a wide range of products and services in the areas such as sport, fitness, fashion, hobbies and healthcare etc. And thus, the wearable devices connected with smartphones will influence the next generation of mobile application development strategies.

Internet of Things and Mobile-connected Smart Objects

Internet of Things and Mobile-connected Smart Objects

According to a study which says that there will be over 26 billion connected devices by 2020 which includes several hundred smart objects such as LED light bulbs, toys, domestic appliances, sports equipment, medical devices and controllable power sockets etc. These domestic smart objects will be a part of the Internet of Things and will communicate through an App on a smartphone or tablet. Smartphones and tablets will act as remote controls, displaying and analyzing information, interfacing with social networks to monitor “things” that can tweet or post, paying for subscription services, ordering replacement consumables and updating object firmware. A well established companies such as Microsoft, with its intelligent Systems Service, and enterprise software vendors likes SAP, with its Internet of Things (Iot) Solutions, are also adding Internet of Things capabilities to their offerings.

Currently RiotOS and Thingsquare Mist are software technologies and RFID, Wi-Fi, EnOcean etc are communication technologies that is used for IoT. Google has two projects like Nest and Brillo that is specifically targeting IoT. Nest develops home automation products like smoke alarm, camera, and thermostat, whereas Brillo is an IoT operating system that is to support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, and other Android things. We can see some products that has been recently launched by Apple, like ‘Homekit’ that will enable its users to have wireless and electronic control of their household appliances. And the products includes light dimmers, air monitors, a thermostat, an entire smart home hub which can be controlled through apps and Siri, allowing homes to be automated by voice command. Similarly, Amazon has launched ‘Amazon Echo’ which is a voice command device for answering questions, playing music and controlling smart devices. A comprehensive list of technologies driving IoT can be found at the Postscapes labs.

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M-Commerce

M-Commerce

The positive impact of the trend through a great impact on its product. Various analysts believes that positive trend in mobile purchases will continue over the next 4 years as more and more consumers adapt to m-commerce. Increasing popularity of Apple Pay and Google Wallet will facilitate purchases using the mobile phones instead of debit or credit cards. Similarly, Paytm, Ola Money also provides the facility of online payment and this will develop the demand for the development of such type of applications. Same way this will require developers to build a mobile application that can process transactions without the need of physical debit/credit cards or cash. Coupled with wearables that can process payments m-commerce will take a different shape. Beyond data collection and predictive analytics, wearables it is believed that this will play a key role in the future of mobile payments and customer loyalty.

Motion with Location Sensing

Motion with Location Sensing

Likewise most mobile phones have location sensor capabilities; other latest mobile phones are available in the market with updated specification. The location sensing use multiple positioning methods to provide different granularities of location data Knowing an individual’s location to within a few meters is useful for providing highly relevant contextual information and services. This location sensing feature is also integrated in so many application, mostly in car rental service application, which is also has been developed in the form of mobile application. Motion sensing apps are used basically keeping in mind certain things like security, anti-theft, power-saving and games. And is also useful in Geotagging, Games, Vehicle navigation, and fitness apps. In the longer run technologies such as smart lighting will also become important. Precise indoor location sensing is now combined with mobile applications and that will enable a new generation of extremely personalized services and information.

Innovative Mobile design and its Users Experience

Innovative Mobile design and its Users Experience

Effective display of data and content on mobile user interface is very essential to sound user experience. Successful mobile application companies, such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Wunderlist, and many more have developed new patterns depicting intuitive designs and interactive interfaces keeping in mind the users interest and experience. It is also about the designers that they are creating apps that can accommodate mobile challenges according to its updated versions, such as partial user attention and interruption. Apps & its design can exploit technologies and that is why it must add with novel features such as interactive content layers, circular design pattern, cards and manipulation of content. These features create an “augmented reality” by allowing the users to interact with the content in further detail. Leading consumer apps are setting high standards for user interface design, and all organizations must master with such dedicated resource management that brings all the needs for this that adds skills and work with new partners to meet growing user expectations.

Application Performance Management (APM) – a matter of fact.

Application Performance Management (APM)-a matter of fact.

There are two main factors which lead the performance bottlenecks in app testing and i.e. diversity of mobile devices and the non-deterministic nature of mobile networks. But mobile metrics and monitoring tools collectively known as Application Performance Management (APM) has improved the testing and quality assurance. APM that provides visibility into the applications behavior that delivers statistics about which devices and OSs are adopted, and monitors user behavior to determine which app features are being successfully exploited. This plays a very vital role with the application landscape and enterprise infrastructures shifting to the cloud, APM tools face increased challenges to provide real performance benefits across systems with virtual perimeters. Modern enterprises require robust tools that can monitor resources used by applications, that correlate the data with meaningful user insights, and align performance with business processes.

Enterprise mobile management- & Future

Enterprise mobile management- & Future

An Enterprise mobile management (EMM) is all set of people, processes, and technology using mobile for streamlining businesses. The main dimensions of EMM that is concern with are security, application and financial management. It also includes managements like mobile device management, mobile application management, application wrapping and containerization, and some elements of enterprise file synchronization and sharing. Such tools will mature, grow in scope and eventually address a wide range of mobile management needs across all popular Operating and launches in the Systems on smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Thus, EMM represents the future evolution and convergence of several mobile management, security, and support technologies.

THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF MOBILE APPS IN TODAY’S BUSINESSES

We cannot deny the fact that mobile applications have become an integral element of the digital ecosystem as well as the people’s life. The skills required in building consumer apps are in greater demand than now compelling businesses to take its mobility seriously. Businesses should keep an eye on these trends to align their mobile application development strategies

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

The term Augmented Reality, when it is used in the context of computer technology that refers to what we perceive through our senses (mainly sight) that has been enhanced through the use of computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics and GPS data etc. the term AR makes available more information for its users by combining computer data to what we see in real life. By using the camera on your phone, you can point it somewhere ‘live’ to get an information overlay of where you can find the nearest cafes or dining places. For example: Online Food Delivery Services, we can grab the information of our nearest hotels and restaurants’ and about the availability of the availability of food on our Smartphones and that being portable serve as a good platform for AR to work. Most AR apps that is now available with the integration of GPS and that is successfully utilizing some form of Global Positioning System (GPS) to facilitate location searches and this feature is likely to develop further over the next couple of years because of its potential

It seems that the primary limiting factor is the limited recognition accuracy for ‘live’ views when we point our camera lens at places, buildings or even people. For AR to work seamlessly and reliably, the technology that is helpful for recognizing places, things or people must be of a certain standard. And it is expected to rise more of such apps to be made available in the market in the years to come.

Flexible Screen

Flexible Screen

It may soon be the cases where smartphones are able provide a large screen to watch and play your favorite movies and games while maintaining a pocket able size. Screens can be folded and unfolded, with the help of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. Huge thanks to OLED. This paper-thin screen can even project future-features-smart-phones/ from both sides of the screen, so you can show pictures or videos to your friend on one side while using the other as a control. And that is predicting a growing a valued picture and demand of the Mobile Phones. With such physical flexible feature for smartphones, some companies even have plans on make wearable smartphones for the masses. For instance, Nokia is currently conducting research on their concept device, Morph which offers users the option of wearing it as a wrist watch or unfold it to use as a typical handset as and when required. It all depends on the task the users are engaging with, and about which we have already discussed.

Seamless Voice Control

Seamless Voice Control

Voice control has been receiving much attention since Siri in apple phones had made headlines. Voice control has integrated and existed in many earlier mobile phones even though the voice recognition function was crude at best. A research has been made to advance the development of voice control, but it has proved to be a paramount task.
And as a matter of fact the task that has signaled a breakthrough to the way voice control and recognition programming ought to be made on a prior basis. Instead of recognizing commands via sound waves like most voice-recognition systems, interprets diction and syntax in a similar fashion to how we recognize speech and that is to be more effective and accurate. The interest with voice control for computers and especially smartphones has always been there since the pioneer MIT studied different ways to communicate with computers in 1980. With the newly improved voice recognition app, the greater capabilities of smartphones in the years to come, seamless voice control seems to be a viable goal. That, combined with gestures may bring interactivity to a new level for smartphones and their users and that will help to create its bright future.

3D Screen Holograms future

3D Screen  Holograms future

Smartphones may have already reached the peak for their screen resolution and it can be seen with taking example of Apple’s Retina Display which actually provides a resolution that is sharper than what the human eye can perceive. Yet, even then, we still want more. And priory Mobile companies are now moving from 2D future-features-smart-phones/ to 3D future-features-smart-phones/ for the smartphone screen. And at present, we have a couple of 3D smartphones in the market, such as the LG Optimus 3D, the Motorola MT810 as well as the very first Samsung AMOLED 3D and so on. So what happens after 3D? Well, optimistically the next path could possibly be holographic projections. And in essence, holographic projections will mean a combination of 3D future-features-smart-phones/ and projections from the smartphone accordingly. Yet again according to Mobiledia Network, MasterImage 3D had previously showcased their ongoing development on a projection system that allows smartphones to display 3D holograms at the annual Mobile World Congress last February. If one talks about the potential of holographic projections in smartphones, it’s great. 3D displays can be integrated with the increasing demand in the market by the users’ side, and if one talks about the user interactions with the phone. For example, you can resize your photos by using your hands to ‘pull’ or ‘compress’ the holographic photos that appear in front of you, move objects by ‘grabbing’ them from one place to another, etc.

Mobile payments: A phenomena
Mobile payments

Every week the technology world holds its breath with anticipation as the latest tech giants make new strides into the mobile payments sector. After years of low consumer take-up of services like Google Wallet and Square, the launch of Apple Pay last year was hailed as a pivotal moment, signaling the time when mobile payments would finally go mainstream. With mega players like Facebook and Microsoft people are now joining the peer-to-peer money sending and digital payments revolution. Yet what many don’t realize is that these services are already lagging 10 years behind. The rest of the world is paying attention to a different mobile payments phenomenon – one that’s been taking place thousands of miles away. Last month, according to the data that has been collected by global telecoms body GSMA revealed that the number of active users of Mobile Money, a service which enables users to send and receive money from basic mobile phones. M-PESA users can pay bills, top up their petrol, take out loans, and even have their salary paid directly into their mobile money account. And that is increased to more than 260 Mobile Money services just like M-PESA and that are now in operation across 89 countries. And that is resulting as an entire ecosystem of companies and institutions converging around Mobile Money as a payments channel, facilitating a digital economy that truly meets consumer needs.
With this growing payments infrastructure in place, as a matter of fact, more investments of this kind are made in Mobile Money, and this led to the opportunity to expand into even further sectors in future is vast. Other financial service innovations beyond payments are being introduced by Mobile Money providers, and that also includes an interest-bearing savings accounts, small personal and business loans, and insurance
And with the introduction of online and mobile-based money transfer services, that’s now changing, as customers demand faster, more efficient ways of receiving money than the bricks-and-mortar models that have dominated the past 100 years of money transfer.

Everything is set for Mobile phone and its future!
Everything is set for Mobile phone and its future!

It’s exciting and very significant to expect that these features in our future smartphones but I wonder what it will take for us to get there. I’m talking about the price we may have to pay in exchange for such awesome features in our smartphones. Apart from that, there are also the other issues that can work up like a storm. Also, with so much incorporated into our smartphones will the case of total dependence of the user on their mobile devices. Everyone is waiting to see what the smartphone industry can now offer, and how the masses will react to the emergence of new and better smartphones along with the multitude of issues that come with each technology that is introduced to public use. And we are very curious to see how the new things will unfold. And chase our lifestyle.

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