A Glimpse into the Future of App Development

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In 2014, the number of mobile phones in the world exceeded the number of people. This is quite an astonishing figure which goes to show just how popular mobile devices have become. If mobile adoption rates are high, then app adoption rates are even higher. The number of mobile applications that are being downloaded year on year is rapidly increasing. Statistics have shown that 180bn applications are downloaded per year, and this figure doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Why even bother with apps?

Every company worth their salt is developing a new app and fuelling this phenomenal growth. As technology advances and new devices are being introduced into the mix, the need for application developers to keep with the trends and deliver new and exciting apps is imminent. Here are some of the trends that are going to influence the future of app development


50% of people shop for something on their mobile make a purchase there and then, this is because the purchase intention is much higher when using a mobile phone. Because of this, it would be silly for e-commerce websites to ignore the signs and stick with what they know. There is so much money to be made through m-commerce, which means that app developers are going to have to create new and exciting m-commerce applications for customers to browse with ease.

Wearable devices

Since the Apple watch was released, wearable devices have become the new in thing. There has been a massive transition from the regular wearable devices to the new technological cousins. These gadgets can connect to other smart devices and share phone calls, social communications and even allow the user to browse with ease, which is going to massively influence the way applications work and how they are developed.

The connected home

More than wearable devices, your entire home can now be connected to your mobile device. This means you can turn your AC on while on your way home from work, or switch on lights while you're away to give the impression that someone is home. The connected home is changing the way developers think about their apps because it brings a new dimension of capability to the fore. While there's an app for each connected device, there are also challenges in creating apps that work across multiple devices in order to create a truly connected home. It won't be long before your fridge will automatically update your food order to let you know you're out of eggs.

Native development

When developing an app, there are a few options available to developers. They can either create an app for multiple devices and platforms (cross-platform app development) or focus on one platform (native development). The benefits of native development are now being capitalised on thanks to the ability of native app developers to be able to create a truly unique experience. Native app developers can work with a device's unique features such as the navigation or accelerometer in order to improve the user experience. In the past, cross-platform developers would have to dilute the experience so that it could be used across a number of platforms, but native app development is turning this idea on its head.

Mobile UX

Think back to a time when you have gone on a website on your phone that is difficult to use, slow and glitchy. It’s extremely annoying and hard, to say the least. People as a whole are becoming more used to high-quality websites and applications that allow them to navigate with ease, so any future applications are going to have to follow this rule of thumb. The need for better user experience is imminent and people are becoming increasingly less patient and tolerant. App development companies, such as Apadmi, can seek to create better-performing apps based on user preference.


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Rebecca Harper is a freelance writer living in London. She specialises in law, politics and social issues including equal rights for women in the workplace and the social services.

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