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December 20, 2016

7 Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

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As per a recent survey done by SurveyMonkey, global revenues from mobile applications were anticipated to grow by a jaw-dropping 962.5 percent between 2011 and 2017. It is estimated that due to support of existing and new market to usage levels of apps, mobile application will be a $ 100 billion US industry by the end of 2020. Given the rapid advancement of technologies continuous evolution, 2017 will spring new surprises in custom mobile app development space.

Advance hybrid technologies

Hybrid development technologies will gain momentum and developers will be more inclined toward use of tools like Ionic, AngularJS, PhoneGap and Cordova for agile hybrid app development projects. The steady increase in the acceptance level of hybrid tools can be attributed to the BYOD (bring your own device) practice around the globe. It has been predicted that demand for mobile enterprise apps will be about five times higher than the combined supply capacity of developers. How the developers tackle this challenge remains to be seen.

Security will be critical

Although technology is surging ahead at breakneck speed, the reality is that security threats have increased as well. Features like two-step user authentication for mobile banking have become a commonplace. And that is why developers are now asked to have a robust app transport security feature. This was the case for iOS developers, but security for the Android platform will always be slightly more suspicious. Nevertheless, Google is endeavoring to use more granular app permissions models and automatic security updates.

Focus on mobile Internet of Things

The potential of mobile app development and IoT has been tremendous and there is no doubt the revenue and profit from them will increase two-fold by the end of 2017. The integration of IoT and mobile apps was inconceivable but we are taking the impossible to the next level. The application ranges from healthcare to energy, transportation to security.

Increase in apps that bank on GPS

If we observe the trend set by one of the most well-known gaming apps, Pokémon Go, we can add augmented reality (AR) to the list of trends which could shape trends. There has already been an increase in the demand of apps, based on location-tracking functionality of handsets. And such apps are accepted in several industries right from automation to IoT. Augmented reality will be beneficial to 3D game developers to augment the engagement levels of their software.

Growing call for big data applications

Programmers are likely to be more careful about maintaining just the right balance between user-friendly interfaces and reliability, improving functionality in big data applications. It won’t be long before we start seeing cutting-edge mobile app development that combine IoT, cloud connectivity and big data processing features.

Development of enterprise apps

Two factors account for the recent surge of enterprise applications. One of them is they make it easier than ever before to maintain 24×7 interactions with clients both potential and current. And with custom mobile apps for business, day-to-day management tasks will become a lot easier. A great example for an enterprise app will be CRM mobile apps, which can pull up relevant customer info promptly and enable access to senior management regarding real-time sales updates.

Attention on Mobile App Designing

The importance of UI/UX is not going to wane soon because user-experience has always been the biggest parameter for measuring the success of a mobile application. To make apps visually tempting and user-friendly, companies are capitalizing on illustrators and animators as well as graphic artists. 2017 will witness some path-breaking trends such as like split-screens, grid-based interface designing, splash screens, visuals, micro interactions and parallax graphics.


Mrunal Khatri is a technology enthusiast and researcher working with Cygnet Infotech , an application development company. His passion to explore market trends make him an able writer on the topics related to SEO, mobile development and SMO. You can contact him on LinkedIn.