Three essential mobile application development trends
Like it or not, the era of the desktop computers has all but dawned. Nowadays everything is about portability, accessibility and a permanent connection to, well, everything. The future is here and mobile devices have set this trend and are also keeping it going. And to be honest, there isn’t anything getting in its way or hinting that it might slow down at some point.
Mobile application development represents a large part of the software development services market at the moment and the best part about it is that this particular branch of the IT industry is still a long way away from reaching its full potential. And with new technologies being developed every year, there is no telling where or when mobile application development will slow down. Here are just three of the most important trends in application development services for mobile devices.
1. HTML 5
If you are in any way linked to software development services of any kind, there is no doubt that you have heard about HTML 5 at least once. Deemed as the future of the internet, it now has a great say in mobile application development also.
In 2012, HTML 5 saw some really heavy usage from monster companies like Mozilla, Research in Motion, Facebook or Google. With this sort of lineup, HTML 5 is well on its way of becoming a mature technology.
2. Cross Platform Entrepreneurial Applications
More and more businessmen and CEOs are using their mobile phones for presentations, saving time, pitching new ideas to potential customers, better client engagement and just an all around more efficient multitasking.
This is where business applications come into play and to be more exact, cross platform ones. The reason why cross platform mobile applications are so valuable is really easy to figure out. It’s hard pleasing or engaging multiple clients because you are immediately dealing with several different mobile platforms and trying to choose “to right one” is like trying to sort out clients based on their favorite color.
Also, since every platform comes with its app submission requirements that developers might or might not meet, the chances of having an app rejected are much slimmer since there is the possibility to try out more than one marketplace, upload the app and improve it from that point forward based on customer feedback. Of course, this is not the best mobile applications development technique and we don’t encourage it but nevertheless, it is a good way to know where you’re app is standing before releasing it on all platforms.
3. Location based Applications
Think about our ancestors. They had to find their way back home by looking at the stars or at the moss growing on trees. I wonder what they used during daytime and when there were on trees around, those poor fellas. Now, all you need is a Smartphone and you’re good to go. Just type in destination and you are set. Well, if you are not using iOS maps that is.
In 2012 location-based mobile applications shot through the roof and are still going strong. Ever since the social factor was introduced to location based apps, more and more people started using them. Also, large companies are now using them to see what their clients are up to and to learn more about their habits and behavior. At first this seems like something out of 1984 but in the end everyone has to gain from it, as long as both companies and clients know where to draw the line.