As you’re probably aware, modern technology has made rapid advances over the past few years. Smartphones and smart devices are almost ubiquitous these days, and central to these gadgets are mobile apps. And it’s not just games or shopping apps we’re talking about. More and more industries like banks and health care providers are developing mobile apps for their customers as well.
It goes without saying that smartphones have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Many people spend more time looking at their phones than they do watching television. Whether it’s scanning the news, watching YouTube videos, chatting with friends on Facebook or Instagram, or reading email, people spend a large part of their lives looking at these mobile devices. And the trend is only expected to grow in the coming years.
The two primary operating systems in the current marketplace are Apple’s IOS, and Google’s Android system. In this article, we’re going to focus on the former, and how app developers can brace themselves for trends developing in 2017 and beyond.
The following are some mobile app trends you should be aware of:
Enterprise apps for IOS
Enterprise apps are typically software platforms designed for governments or large corporations. EAs tend to be highly complex, component-based, scalable and critical to the organization. The development of enterprise apps is projected to grow significantly in 2017 with the transition of marketing and customer service to mobile-based apps. Developers who work in this area can expect steady work and growing opportunities in this emerging field.
Location-based services (LBS) apps
With the ease of use, and ready availability of GPS on almost all mobile devices today, 2017 is expected to see steady growth in location-based services (LBS). These apps give users real-time information about their location, and can even offer deals from nearby merchants. There are also applications for the security and tourism industries. Many of the giant tech firms have invested heavily in the LBS space, with Beacon Technology being one of the major players. Since these apps tend to drain batteries quickly, necessary hardware improvements will offer even more opportunities for manufacturers and developers.
The gaming industry is booming, and more and more IOS gaming apps are being written every day. Because the Apple platform tends to be more stable than the Android system, IOS developers will be pushing this advantage as they design reliable gaming solutions in 2017. People are spending more and more time on their smartphones and tablets, and games of all types will continue to be popular in the coming years.
And this list is by no means complete. Every day developers are coming up with new ideas for IOS mobile apps. This is an industry that’s in its infancy, and should only grow for many years into the future.