Today mobile is rocking in the electronic gadget market with a steep and higher growth of consumers and their consumption. This ultimately leads towards the rise in the demands of mobile application development. Better technology, better tools, more developers, and better ideas, are contributing to the rapid growth in the industry. Here are some future trends to keep an eye on in the next 5-10 years.
More Multiscreen Use
Experts are predicting that in 2014, people will own even more mobile devices, not fewer — up from 5.7 devices per home in 2013 to 6 or more devices per home in 2014. And users will be looking for exceptional experiences on each device. We’ve just recently started seeing new kinds of mobile devices, or wearables, such as smart glasses and smart watches. Although it might still be awhile before wearable devices start going mainstream, mobile developers will need to be aware of performance issues on each new type of device and screen.
People are using two or more connected devices at the same time to interact with each other via specialized apps. For instance, the Xbox One has its SmartGlass app, which allows users to use their smartphones as a remote hub to control their Xbox Ones. Expect more such apps to come down the pipe this year.
Componentization supporting smart functionality
Efficiency dictates that a common system is ideal from a development and maintenance point of view, yet lines of business know that they need customization to themselves work most efficiently. The answer is componentization, which “will enable app delivery teams to blend the best elements of custom-built apps and components and off-the shelf-components for functions such as loan origination and know-your-customer apps. That even extends to smaller firms, which tend to use prepackaged business apps. This will enable the economies of scale needed for integrated, flexible, easy-to-use, and quick-to-deploy business apps.
Application development and delivery shifts to the cloud
In a trend that’s already taking off, we’ll see more and more businesses move their application development to the cloud. Rather than provision, install, and monitor their own hardware, more companies are opting for platforms installed on cloud hosts for their application development.
Mobile and cloud adoption are the primary drivers shaping application development, and this will become even more visible in 2014. Director of Cloud Strategy at Canonical. As data and applications are centralized in the cloud, delivery will become everything-as-a-service (XaaS); and as new, smarter, thinner hardware emerges, devices will no longer be ‘client heavy’ or location dependent, and will instead rely on applications hosted in highly flexible cloud environments. As a result, the complexity, intelligence and functionality of applications will reside almost entirely in the cloud, reducing the cost of application development, and adding simplicity to their deployment.
The Third Dominant Operating System
Since the beginning of mobile, there have been three dominant vendors; most recently Apple, BlackBerry, and Android. With BlackBerry falling out of favor with developers, the third slot is open. There are plenty of contenders but no single OS has yet to take the cake. Developers project an emergent Windows platform, an Android derivative like Amazon’s Kindle, or even a dark horse like Firefox OS to fill the spot. The Nexus, in particular, is seeing a considerable rise in developer interest while Window’s phones and tablets are reportedly bottoming out.
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