As it happens every year, experts are already speculating the major technological trends that we are likely to see among mobile application development companies. Several research firms agree that mobile app development is still in its nascent phase and has the potential to churn out some outstanding developments. Mobile app development is still one of the most lucrative ventures and in the coming years is expected to bring with it billions of dollars in revenue.
Let us explore some of the most popular mobile app development trends that companies are likely to pursue in the next calendar year:
Android is currently peaking and has a more than good chance of beating iOS as the leading mobile platform in 2015. This will present an ideal scenario for Android to take over the tablet market from iOS. With the availability of new features on its apps, Android will look to buil further on its already impressive 80% market share.
We will surely see a steep decline in native apps. This decline can be directly attributed to the rise of web apps that have markedly improved over the past few years. Their biggest advantage is their compatibility with various OS platforms. They can quite easily adapt and are very versatile. These clear benefits mean that native apps are becoming the less attractive option. So be prepared to see more web-based apps.
Continuing with the 2014 trend of connected objects, we will see mobile application development company notching up smart and highly captivating apps that have real and practical functions such as the smoke detector app released by Google’s NEST. In this case it was controlled by a Smartphone app. In case of Samsung, a washing machine was released that was controlled by Wi-Fi. The connected objects concept will only go further as more household appliances are included in this scheme of things. 2015 will also see the rise of wearable technologies and other products in the mainstream taking connectivity to the next level.
People seeking the best of the desktop world and the web app world will find their solution in cloud applications. Cloud applications are the perfect hybrid between these two. They facilitate the upload and download of data anywhere, anytime. This enhanced connectivity will mean increasing significance of their role in the future. All future business apps are likely to be cloud-based. It also offers the added advantage of a richer user experience than traditional desktop or web app and more versatile.
Speaking of rich user experience, nothing enhances the visual appeal of apps more than parallax scrolling. Besides providing a more dynamic and interactive user experience, it is also adaptable enough to function seamlessly across various platforms. It adds to the depth and movement of images in the app. With the unprecedented rise in the use of Smartphones, browsing is increasingly done on smaller screens. With the parallax scrolling function all the content of the site can be displayed on a single page allowing companies to engage users on their web pages for a long time.
These are just some of the trends that are likely to be at the forefront of app development this year. There may be other break-out trends which may shape the way apps and app design are viewed.