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The future of mobile application development

There have been massive changes in the mobile application development industry, due to the increased customer needs and a continuously changing market. Developers are required to integrate the latest tendency in the mobile industry to stay relevant.

The mobile business has increased rapidly since the arrival of the leading smartphones OS (Android and iOS). Users are impatient to have new smartphones and new applications that will increase their efficiency and make their experience enjoyable. By having access to the new technology, users will enjoy better tools, improved hardware, innovative ideas and experiences.

In 2012 the number of installed base smartphone reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion units. In addition to that, it has been predicted that by 2015 the mobile app market will hit $38 billion, which are promising news to the enterprises dealing with mobile application development. 

Trends that determine the future of mobile application development.

1.-Smartphone as a second screen.

It’s a common practice to switch between devices. Mobile application developers as well as brands are set to capitalize on this latest trend. To achieve this, developers and marketers will be looking to develop applications to interact with smart TVs along with other TV-embedded hardware. For example, Xbox One and the SmartGlass app will act as an immersive hub for games, movies and music. Smart watches and Smart glasses are also following suit.

2.-HTML5 and Cloud computing.

There are several other trends in mobile application development, like putting together HTML5 and cloud computing; which are key in application development for the future. HTML5 allows developers to create mobile websites that are smartphone friendly, while cloud computing helps enterprises by providing the infrastructure for app development.

3.-High mobile processing.

The release of Apple’s iPhone 5S introduced the A7 chip that boasts a 64-bit processor. The A7 chip is expected to increase mobile hardware performance capabilities in the smartphone industry (the A7 Chip has already been branded a benchmark in mobile processors).

As it is expected for the near future, the A7 chip, chips from Intel, AMD,and various ARM manufacturers; will be included in different smartphone OSs to give the user better performance and push the competition higher. Regarding to mobile application development, the introduction of high power and fast processing chips promises improved performance in graphics and memory for mobile applications, making these devices fast and more efficient.

4.-New mobile Operating Systems produce more applications.

Android and iOS have been dominating the mobile OS market. Nevertheless, with the entry of new competitors like Firefox OS, Sailfish and a mobile version of Ubuntu OS, this is about to change. This means more apps will be created for these new platforms. More accurately, these new OSs are targeting to create low-cost smartphones to reach low-end markets and bring rigid competition in the feature phones dominated market. The fragmentation (the fact that there are several mobile application developers, each having its share of the market) in the mobile application development industry is only going to get worse.

5.-Apps connected to everything (Internet of things).

In the past few days, Samsung released a washing machine controlled by Wi-Fi. Also, Google bought Nest, an appliance maker; after it released its smoke detector which is controlled through a smartphone application. Even more interesting, smart TVs and video game console development are on the rise too. We are seeing a future where we have more connected appliances that utilize the power of smartphone applications, as technology improves and companies start taking the lead for the possibilities.

Developers, it is time to catch the wave.

With the fact that enterprises are continuing to heavily invest in mobile, there is more need for mobile app developers. By being aware and proactive, mobile developers can market to these trends and the resulting advantages to the enterprises, thus gain more business and profits.


Fernando V.

Born in Sinaloa and former military, Fernando is a talented photographer and extreme sports fan; he is the type of guy who will bring the party with him whenever and wherever. He is part of our Mobile developer team and has a Computer Systems Engineering degree with 10 years of experience as software developer. He writes for the Inflection Point’s blog about really interesting topics that will give you insights regarding trending development subjects.