7 Emerging Trends for Mobile App Development in 2018

Introduction

Mobile apps have become an integral part of our daily lives. With the use of our smartphones, we could order food, avail some cleaning services, and any other things that bring convenience to our lives. With that being said, app development is now becoming a booming business. And, with developers being able to upload into popular App stores, it has just become a level playing field. Take for example the game, Flappy Bird. It was created by a small group of developers but it was earning a whopping 50 grand per day during its peak. If you are convinced to create an app of your own, then here are some emerging trends that you need to be aware of:

1. Location-Based WiFi Services


As cities develop over time, the internet has become commonplace. And, more and more people are now availing some location-based services because of that. In fact, when it comes to search engine optimization, businesses who cater to the local crowd will be given a higher priority than one who does not. Incorporating this trend on your app will surely make it an instant hit.

2. The Emergence of M-Commerce Apps


Popular retail websites like Amazon and eBay already have their apps and people are liking its integration with its web counterparts. And, with the emergence of technology such as fingerprint and face scanning technology, an m-Commerce app is going to be more secure than ever. So, if you have a retail business who is looking into bringing in more customers, make it a point to create an app that has amazing features.

3. Mobile Games Are Going to be a Hit…Again


Mobile games are not new, however, with the rise of virtual and augmented reality technologies, we will see more next-generation games in the near future. Remember Pokemon Go? That is the first mainstream app that was able to put AR to good use (and it is still going strong at the time of writing this article). Couple that with the fact that more phones are getting more technological advancements, it would be a waste not to take advantage of the new hardware.

 

4. Good Use of Cloud Technology


Cloud storage has become a smash hit in the recent years because users can access their data anytime, anywhere. But, cloud storage is not the only thing that’s booming; other cloud-based technologies have become instant smash-hits as well. For instance, you could create a game with multiplayer capabilities and they will have the opportunity to secure their game saves by saving it right on your cloud servers. Put Cloud technology to good use.

5. User Experience is a Must


Gone are the days of applications that have horrid designs. There is now a push to create the best user experience ever.When you create an app, it has to look good and it also has to be fast and smooth as well.

6. Advertising Will Grow


A lot of free apps take advantage of in-app advertising and it is actually raking a lot of money for their business. You could implement a model where you release apps for free, albeit with some advertisements so that you can at least earn some money on the side.

7. More APIs to Work With


There has been a lot of developments in the app space and developers are now able to use APIs to innovate their software. They can now use a vast array of JSON/REST APIs that improve functionality. Really, imagination is their only limiting factor.

Conclusion

App development has become really enticing with the emerging trends. We would see some applications that really embrace innovation and this keeps people excited for the years to come.