With the ever-evolving technology sector, the apps subsector seems to take lead of the industry. The trends have it; last year saw different steps that impacted on the entire industry. 2017 is no different from 2016, in any case it will be better, based on the progress realized so far. Several companies have continually shown improvements in adapting to the mobile world. Currently, having a phone is no longer a luxury but rather it is a necessity. Many individuals, organizations and institutions are depending on the phone for various reasons with the business industry’s interest being in creation of income. As a result, many applications are being developed to meet the high user demand and expectation.
Many applications are coming up as the Google Play Store has up to 2.2 million applications and the Apple Application store has more than 2 million applications. A research done by Gatner indicate that by the end of this year, there will be a total count of up to 26 million application downloads and that the income generated will be $77 billion. The applications built do not rely on mobile technology but have rooted all the way to smart homes, smart Televisions, IOT enabled devices and many other more. These factors have created a wide platform for creation and developing of applications. Concentration on mobile phones, these seven applications have proved to be transforming the mobile industry and influencing the future of technology.
Progressive Web Application
Progressive Web Applications are very easy to develop and have a fast connection which makes them a centre of interest among software dealers .In most situations when an application is downloaded and it put to use at first, it losses 20% of its users. However, the Progressive Web Application enables users to use it before downloading it. The number of mobile users and browsers has increased making applications have a high demand. The Progressive Web Applications are universal and despite what browser you are using they function properly because of the Progressive enhancement installed in them which is the central principle.
During one of the Google sessions, Alex Russel said that the applications strengthen the website besides showing existing differences between the content in the applications and in the websites. The Progressive Web Applications also help Websites load on the mobile phones despite poor data connections as the applications have a standard HTML5 element that provides the website with an UX of a native application. Many companies have realized that most customers always check a website on their cell phone before they check the app store.
Android Instant Applications
Similarly, Android Instant Applications were recently launched by Google and as the name goes, they are only meant for Android enabled devices. They are instant in that, you can use the content on the link provided instantly through sharing without necessarily downloading or installing the application. This factor makes them easy for access as they can only run on a browser when they are needed by the user to do so. However, the applications are still being developed and may not be used as often because the applications are limiting to only android users.
Beacons and Location-Based Technology
Since 2015, there are many developmental advancements of the Beacons Location-Based Technology which is also happening to date. A research done by Juniper shows that in two years’ time, a total of income the retailers will generate amounts to $43.3 billion from the location-based services. The Beacons applications help the retailers in reducing the huge gap created between the location stores and online stores. The application collects important data, location-based updates and even traditional in-store metrics like football. The beacons are becoming very popular because they are embracing personalization which is customer friendly.
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality application
The release of the Pokémon in 2016 influenced much on the popularity and growth of the AR. The mobile games are proof that the AR technology is reaching the consumers through the application stores. The applications that make use of this AR are sometimes viewed as promoting apps. However, many other applications have started integrating the application in their developments. Yelp’s Monocle is an example of augmented feature that is being used. Yelp uses the AR to locate foods and attraction sites fast and effectively to consumers. Similarly, forecasts have also shown a prediction that by the year 2020, there will be a tremendous growth in the market and the amount of income to be generated is worth $30 billion.
The Cardboard introduction by Google in 2014 has helped greatly with the VR’s performances and accessibility. A year after Google’s introduction of the cardboard, many companies also started investing and launched the VR headsets a major technological advancement. Though there were developments in 2015, 2016 happened to be the year where the application got a breakthrough. Many companies started competing as Facebook went forth and incorporated the Oculus Rift in March 2106. A month later, HTC launched its Vive headset and Samsung followed and released the gear VR headset. Lastly, Sony decided to deliver its Play Station VR in October. Additionally, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nintedo seem to also show interest on VR’s hardware development. With many manufacturers of headsets and VR creators, the VR is bound to surpass the market as many people are drawn to it including the media.
Smart homes are very responsive this year and there are two major Companies that are booming in this technological sector; the Nest Company and the Ecoboo. There are numerous benefits for applications that integrate consistently with the IOT. Developers tend to integrate complex mobile program and backed models that can unify and share data and at the same time communicate effectively. With many applications on the market, it is not easy to unify devices in seamless UX. Amazon tried the development and released earlier this year the Amazon Echo which was not so popular. Google also went forth and released the Smart speaker and we expect that major changes and developments will occur as Apple also partakes on this journey.
Everyone is always cautious about what is in their phone from the contacts, data to the gallery. Hence, smart phone security is an important application. However, some people do not take smartphone security as serious at it should be and this has made application developers concerned. Built-in security application’s feature gives a phone a lot of space. Apple for instance is moving their code iOS to objective C on an independent programming language, Swift. Following apple’s decision many other developers are bound to partake on this as well and integrate a better UX for security purposes. With this idea, it is clear that many secure applications will rise.
Wireless headphones are on the rise since Apple released Air pods. This idea hit the market so hugely that made the Samsung company express the possibility of excluding audio ports in the new Samsung Galaxy S8 released this year.