Top 5 Mobile Development Trends in 2016

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Mobile apps have turned into the bedrock for many businesses worldwide. Since the revolution of mobile market in 2008, mobile apps industry has undergone a drastic makeover and has witnessed some breakneck innovations. Especially for the last couple of years, mobile app developers have witnessed heightened demand for mobile application development.

According to the statistics and figures obtained by latest annual reports carried out by BI Intelligence, there has been a 48% increase in purchases made through mobile devices from the previous year. Some statistics shared by Statista about online shopping indicate that around 22% of the retail eCommerce sales in the U.S. were generated through mobile devices in 2015. The m-Commerce sales figure is expected to rise to 25% in 2016 and 27% in 2018. It is also estimated that over 10 billion mobile Internet devices are expected to be in use by 2016.

Here we’ve listed some mobile app trends expected to unfold in 2016.

1. Cloud-driven apps:

Thriving cloud technology is likely to play a key role in the app development revolution. Some of the world’s top tech giants are working on integrated cloud platforms and cloud based data engines. According to reports, the cloud-based app market will reach $32.8 billion in 2016 at a 19.5 percent compound annual growth rate.

2. Internet of Things:

The Internet of Things holds great potential for businesses and the society en bloc. In 2016, we are experiencing a greater reliance on IoT technology to improve connectivity and increase the speed of communication. Some key IoT trends appeared to have commenced already are new devices, development of new standards formulti-sensor support and M2M automation, vertical IoT services and a lot of topics related to security and privacy concerns.

3. Swift programming:

Apple has come up with a new programming language called Swift.  Since its launch, it has garnered a lot of attention from tech communities and particularly from developers. In 2016, the new programming language can take lead in developing diverse apps for iOS, OS X, Apple Watch OS, and Apple TV OS apps.

4. Security:

 A trend foreseen in 2016 is that the security will remain a big challenge in mobile applications. As predicted by Gartner, 75% of mobile applications would not be able to pass even basic security tests. It has become a dire need today that developers take security issues like insecure data storage and data leakage seriously.

 5. More free apps:

According to reports, in 2015, 75 percent of apps were absolutely free to download, and it is likely to increase to 93 percent in 2016. Developers are recommended to create apps which are free to install. Profit can still be made by having required payments for in-app purchases or the extended features.


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