The last decade has seen a lot of advancement in the field of technology with extra-ordinary innovations, awe-striking and astounding inventions that have taken away the attention of people with time gradually. The sector of mobile app development or Android Development has boomed eventually as more and more have started purchasing and using smartphones. The smartphones are available at cheap and affordable prices. A huge mass of smartphone users use android phones and hence android app developers have faced a lot of pressure to work on android app development- to make it more user-friendly and innovative.
Every IT company, big or small have been intended to hire android developers who are excellent and can develop robust android apps for betterment and convenience of users. A proper android app is extremely important so that users are exposed to maximum outreach and it has been seen that android app development is enhancing with every passing day with a lot of innovative advancements. To cope up with the existing market, everyone; or the android app developers to be precise should be aware of the several trends that are supposed to set the future of android app development.
Let us have a look at some of the Android Development trends below:-
- Wearable devices:- The IDC says that the number of wearable devices shipped in the year 2016 was 101.9 million which was an increase of 29% from 79 million in the year 2015. One of the wearable devices worth mentioning is the smart watch which has marked a transition in the field of computing from basic to smart devices. These are an epic way in which you can interact with technology. Another device is the Google glass which portrays display and such devices have introduced the perception of carrying technology with us. With the advancement of time, an android phone will become the hub of personal-area networks like healthcare sensors, smart jewellery and various other sensors on clothes and shoes.
- IoT and smart objects which are mobile-connected:- It has been assumed that by the year 2020, there will be a lot of objects with the smart technology like LED light bulbs, toys, equipment of sports, medical devices, controlled power sockets etc. These will all be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and they would be connected to smartphones with the help of android apps. The smartphones shall be acting as remote controls where all the required information can be displayed and they can also be operated through the phones. These days we already have technology trends where a person can operate air-conditioners and refrigerators through apps installed on the phone.
- M-Commerce and E-Commerce:- Online shopping is surely the trendsetter these days and is expected to increase manifold in the upcoming years. Consumers are adopting online shopping more and more in comparison to offline shopping and surveys reveal that due to good-quality service provided by the apps, demand for e-commerce in increasing. There are several payment gateways and wallets which have made transaction quite easy, for example- Google Pay, Paytm, Amazon Pay and many others. If payment options can be incorporated into wearable devices, then m-commerce shall take a different dimension altogether.
- Location sensing and GPS tracking:- Almost all smartphones have GPS sensors which can detect the location of the user easily and these apps make use of multiple methods of positioning that can provide different granularities of data. Not only does location senses provide information about an individual’s information but also some sort of relevant data. Location-sensing apps also help a person gain security under conditions of danger. These apps of navigation are also necessary for several games and fitness apps. Apps which detect the indoor location of an individual these days mainly use technologies like Wi-Fi imaging, geomagnetic and ultrasonic beacons.
- Unconventional user experience design:– Display of content and data on the screen of your mobile effectively is important for a fruitful and quality user-experience. Several android app companies have designed the user-interface of their apps with attractive features and sections which make the browsing of these apps quite interesting by the users. In the future, app companies are aiming to hire android app developers who can create apps that are ready to face challenges like partial interruption and attention easily. Also, the apps should accomplish technologies with various unique features to give an app of a higher standard to users.
- Management of application performances:- Diversity of mobiles and non-deterministic features of mobile networks are two main reasons which create performance bottlenecks for android apps. However, monitoring tools which are also known as Application Performance Management (APM) has improved this scenario to a great extent. It provides visibility into the app’s behaviour and also delivers statistical data about the operating system being used by the apps. These tools are capable of fighting various challenges for providing real performance benefits.
- Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM):- This is a management set that comprises people, processes and technology that makes use of mobile computing to streamline businesses. There are several components of EMM which matures and grows in scope and eventually addresses a wide range of smartphone management across all popular Operating systems which make use of Android software. Thus, EMM indicates the evolution and convergence of a lot of mobile management, security and support technologies in the future.
- Cloud Computing Apps:- Cloud storage allows a developer to design an app that can be smoothly run on any interface irrespective of screen and platforms. Cloud computing apps run in the same way as native way, the only difference being that it runs on the server instead of devices. These shall play an important role in shaping the future of android applications in the future.
These are some of the trends in the industry of android app development which are bound to brighten its future. As we know, the numbers of smartphone users have increased a lot and are assumed to increase even more with passing years. This makes a clear indication that android application development shall increase in an uncountable manner and this sector shall flourish greatly.