2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone, the iconic mobile device that spawned a whole new mobile application environment. In view of this, it would be beneficial to look forward to potential developments in mobile application development.
Mobile telephony is the fastest evolving technology of the day, with forecasts predicting the number of mobile users to top six billion by 2020 and the number of internet users to exceed 4.5 billion. As more and more people are accessing the internet through mobile devices, it shows that people prefer to be mobile and flexible while at the same time global in reach - both professionally and privately.
Today's apps aren't only developed for smartphones, however, but now operate on a number of platforms including connected TVs, IoT-enabled devices and even 'smart homes.' So what are some of the mobile application developments that are being talked up? Here are three, in no order of preference:
Recent publicity surrounding WhatsApp's security protocols and the debate around end-to-end encryption has highlighted the critical nature of smartphone security. If people are not as security conscious as they should be, mobile application developers are right on to it. Apps with built-in security features can make a large difference in the app space and with new programming language being developed, there will be an expansion of more secure apps.
IoT apps and smart home technology
With the evolution of 'smart homes,' there will be an increase in practical interactivity. Mobile apps that are adapted to IoT and integrate flawlessly will garner the most rewards. For mobile application developers, integrations will comprise complex mobile platforms and back-end infrastructure able to communicate and share data between all devices.
Progressive web apps
Ease of development and the facility for instant gratification for the app user's experience (UX) has received a lot of attention lately. Progressive web apps run a user interface in a web browser and are designed to help websites load on mobile with unstable or poor data conditions.
Clearly, as user behaviours are evolving very rapidly, companies must adapt in order to meet expectations.