As we are approaching the end of the decade, we can expect that there are going to be good things to come in the mobile app development space.Things like artificial intelligence, cloud integration, and others are making their way into our mobile apps because we now have more capable hardware that can run even the most resource-intensive applications.
That being said, app developers should ensure that they know the latest trends in app development, but for those who still do not know, here are the top 4 that I can definitely say that should be integrated into today’s apps:
Augmented and Virtual Realities
You might have heard of virtual reality before. In fact, it was first implemented on more than capable desktop computers coupled with a VR headset. Unfortunately, a powerful PC is not only expensive, but it is also not portable which means that if you want to play VR games, you will have to be confined in a dedicated space.
Well, as more phone manufacturers create smartphones that have more than capable hardware each and every year, we can expect VR applications to rise up again. Couple that with the fact that VR headsets are getting cheaper, we can play VR games while on the go. Aside from that, augmented reality is also set to improve in 2019. We all love the game Pokemon Go and that game really put AR at the forefront of app development.
Although the popularity of the game has since dwindled, AR as a feature still lives on. For instance, Instagram allows its users to utilize AR filters to make their pictures more lively and beautiful. Snapchat also has this feature and more and more platforms are going to use AR for the purpose of bettering the user experience.
You might have heard about blockchain technology before because it has been popularized through its use in trading cryptocurrencies. Although it has been used primarily for that, the said technology is actually not limited to just providing secure transactions. In fact, it can be used to create decentralized apps which are applications that are within an ecosystem and that no one owns. The applications in this ecosystem will operate using smart contracts, which are essentially computer protocols that these applications must follow in order for people to track it.
It is quite baffling to me that many companies still use traditional servers to power their IT infrastructure. It is quite limited in its power and capacity, not to mention that it could be quite vulnerable as well. That is where cloud integration comes in. The cloud allows you to upload your files from an interconnected web of different servers scattered across the globe. This enhances scalability, lowers costs, and improves efficiency across the board. Although there are already some applications that make use of this, I urge more and more developers to integrate this into their apps.
Payment Gateways and Mobile Wallets
As more and more people are shopping online, there are plenty of banks that now offer mobile banking services to the masses. That means that they have their own applications and people can use it to pay for things. In addition, mobile wallets are going to be popular at this point moving forward, simply because of the improved security of such applications.