The modern world of technology is changing and developing unbelievably fast. The innovation in technology is taking a huge leap, and the line between what is real and what is digital is becoming thinner and thinner. Particularly, mobile technology isn’t only changing the way people work and live, but is also defining it.
The development of mobile technology brings its immense impact on how people conduct their business and carry out their daily activities. Mobile technology trends such as mobile apps are greatly affecting how companies sell and market their products, advertise, or operate each and every day.
Mobile Technology Trends. What We Have and What to Expect.
The number of smartphone users is ramping up and, undoubtedly, mobile app development will even increase in 2018. According to Gartner, in 2017, more than 268 billion downloads of mobile apps will be registered, and they will account for $77 billion. thus, mobile apps will become one of the most popular computing tools for users all over the world.
When speaking about mobile apps, it should be mentioned that instant messaging (IM) apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Pinngle, are becoming so much widespread these days. Let’s take Pinngle. This free messenger was developed in October 2016 by Zigma Telecom and has already been downloaded by almost 5 million people worldwide. Pinngle offers a number of great features such as end-to-end encryption, super cheap services, low data usage, a capacity to work with the slowest Internet, an ability to work in VoIP blocked countries, and more.
Below you can read the most popular mobile technology trends of 2017 and beyond.
1.Small Businesses Developing Consumer-Facing Mobile Apps
According to B2B research company Clutch, it was predicted almost 50% of small businesses would have a mobile app by 2017. As of 2016, it was reported only 20% of small businesses had mobile apps. Major companies like Starbucks are seeing success with consumer-facing mobile apps.
2. Location Based Services (LBS)
Thanks to Location Based Services, customers can access targeted discounts and promotion based on their location. So, LBS offer customers real-time deals based on their location.
3. Augmented Reality (AR) Apps
Augmented reality is becoming more and more widespread. Companies start to integrate it with utility apps. AR apps help to increase customer engagement.
4. Android Instant Apps
Android Instant Apps are another trend that allows users to run their apps instantly, without the need to install. No downloading, no installing, simply search. Instant apps are great for a quick mobile experience.
5. Artificial Intelligence Embedded into Apps
Artificial intelligence has already gone mobile. The number of developers starting to embed AI into apps is increasing. This trend is great for the educational industry and for mobile commerce as well. It allows you to have your personal tutor and personal shopper right on your mobile device.
6. Apps Integrated with Internet of Things (IoT)
Today, everything from household appliances to toys is associated with the Internet of Things. Our everyday objects can now connect to the Internet. This results in an increased need for apps that can control all these objects remotely.
7. Mobile Security
Mobile phones develop into purses and wallets, and the security issues grow with them. Mobile devices must be able to protect the data users put into them. Companies must invest in keeping their customers’ and their personal data safe.
8. Gesture Interface
Gesture interface is a reality in mobile technology today and is expected to become available to masses by 2019. Gesture recognition has to do with computer science and language technology. The goal is to interpret human gestures via mathematical algorithms.
9. Electrovibration Technology
Experts in the field had already mentioned that 2017 would announce the arrival of electrovibration technology across touchscreen devices. The gist is that users can simply touch the screen of their devices and feel texture. Electrostatic charges can cause our brain to get this feeling.
10. Speech-to-Speech Translation
Real-time multi-language conference calls were expected to finally become a commercial reality in 2017. This is a fine opportunity to discuss important matters across the globe with just a tap, in multiple languages without the need for an interpreter.
11. Brain-Computer Interface
A brain-computer interface of your smartphone can detect the brain waves emitted with your thoughts and execute the set commands. Each thought occurring in our brain has its own brain wave pattern. The technology is based on mapping out electrical signals, and these signals are unique. Facebook has already announced it has started working on the development of such technology.
12. Wireless Charging
The ability to charge smartphones while just walking or tapping the screen was expected to be one of the major mobile trends of 2017. Also, our body heat could help charge our mobile devices as well. Moreover, it was expected another futuristic trend will become a mainstream in 2017. The latter refers to the fact that users can use one gadget to charge another without the need to use a wire.
13. Flexible and Wearable Smartphones
Technological means that are flexible and wearable are gaining more and more importance. Soon, users will be able to fold and unfold the screens they use. This is thanks to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. As a result, paper-thin screens that can project from both sides of the screen will become widely used. When it comes to wearable smartphones, this isn’t a pioneering concept in mobile technology, but it was expected to be made available to masses by 2017.
Mobile technology is a field that’s constantly changing and becoming bigger and bigger. It’s critical for companies to follow the new trends in the mobile technology space so to be able to take their business to new heights.