It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that smart phones have become an extension of our very core being in recent time. Do you remember the last time when you were without your phone for an entire day? Me neither!
Even usage stats can’t do justice to how much we rely on these little devices for anything and everything. Right from staying in touch with people, to organizing meetings, to booking flights, to ordering groceries or watching a movie; the list is endless quite literally. As per current statistics, there are no less than 3 billion mobile users across the planet and counting.
And if you want another staggering statistic, people around 25 years of age use their smart phones over 265 times in a period of 24 hours. Unbelievable isn’t it? This way or the other, we’re connected to our phones in some shape or form every minute. Its not all gloomy though as it is this usage and widespread nature which helps drive innovation and technology forward. On that note, here are some important mobile application trends which deserve your attention.
Cloud-based Apps Are Still In!
Years have passed by, but cloud computing still continues to be a buzzword in the technology sector. When it comes to apps however, it all depends on how the impact of the cloud can be optimized on the internal memory of these devices much like Google Cloud or Dropbox. This is one facet which doesn’t seem likely to go away anytime soon.
Blockchain is not just the technology that gave rise to cryptocurrencies across the world, it is so much more. It is a digital ledger of economic transactions which can’t be tampered with come way may. And it doesn’t just end at financial transactions, almost everything of value can be easily recorder. It is no wonder that the juggernaut companies have started noticing its potential; it is one to watch certainly.
The Mystery of Artificial intelligence (AI)
As was the case a few years ago when AI was the new kid on the block, Aritificial intelligence still offers business and companies across the world critical insights and statistics using advanced analytics, machine learning tech and cognitive interfaces. Some mobile-app based success stories include Hound, SwiftKey AI and Microsoft Pix. This is only going to move forward with time,
The Age of Mobile Payments
This one’s kind of a no-brainer. Just in 2017 alone, according to statistics, mobile payments around the world exceeded $700 billion, which represented an increase of $500 billion over the past few years. Earlier this year, Google also introduced a highly simplified mobile payment version with its ‘Pay’ disclosure. Instead of going the conventional route, a wide array of apps is making use of this facility, by giving m-commerce the boost it needs.
App Security Has Reached Paramount Status
When m-commerce is on the rise, how can security be left behind? There was a very strong rumour in the market which said that not even 75% apps on the market will pass a basic security test. Given the amount of private data and payment information stored in these apps, security has become a foregone conclusion. And this is one sector which will see an immense rise sooner rather than later.
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Some of the other avenues where mobile application will take flight are augmented reality, wearable apps, personalization, location based services and the IoT (Internet of Things).