The current mobile app development trends are shifting so drastically that sometimes it becomes difficult for even the experts to predict the next shift. The constant development of mobile app technologies is responsible for ushering in new avenues for branding and business development.
However, regardless of trends, the winning mantra is creating high-end and high quality apps that offer an incredible user experience. If the app is not designed for the needs of the target demographic, it will lose relevance despite the developers best efforts. Thus, smart and far-sighted entrepreneurs who can not only predict but also react to trends can ensure visibility and acceptance of their apps. This flexibility allows them to excel in a market that is otherwise confusing to the multitude.
Another important factor that contributes to the unpredictability of the mobile app development trends is its widespread penetration in multiple sectors and genres. This year, the app developers are winning over the healthcare, enterprise app development, and wearable techs. Apps are spreading in almost all sectors from online libraries to hiring cabs. As a result, any shift in trends does not affect every sector equally. For instance, app development for retail and services are undergoing changes in GUI design, while social media and technical apps are seeing only minor changes in their interface.
Internet of Things or IoT is gaining a lot of attention as smart devices are now becoming more commonplace. Indian developers, like the rest of the world, are embracing this next-generation technology to deliver customized solutions for their clients and users. With dwindling prices and further penetration of IoT, new applications and services are being brought forward at an accelerated pace. This has led to a fair amount of volatility in the trends as developers and designers work to find scalable designs that work with multiple devices.
Mobile banking and m-commerce are finally being widely adopted in India as well. Customers demand an intuitive and easy to use app that can handle their needs. Designs and standards that have worked in the West may not work in the emerging markets. While the trend of online shopping through apps will continue to grow, the payment systems need to evolve rapidly to keep up. Use of services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in addition to online services of local banks and digital money services, will be the primary focus of app designers in the coming months.
Uniformity across platforms is another concern for developers. With each new version of Android, Windows Mobile and iOS, the technologies and user experience seem to be headed along divergent paths. The challenge is to gauge if the target demographic would want uniformity or uniqueness in their app use. The service in question also plays a huge role in determining this trend. For instance, a social media app will need to maintain uniformity, and yet provide a user experience consistent with the design of the OS of the platform.
The next big game changers to watch out for will be IoT and mobile commerce, with the latter expected to change quite a lot before it settles. Both will throw up new and unique challenges for developers. And throughout this time, technologies will keep emerging to create new and unexpected trends.
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