With the continued decline of PC sales and the subsequent rise of mobile device consumption and use, there is no question where the future lies when it comes to technological preferences. The number of mobile devices accessing the web are skyrocketing. It was not very long ago that for the first time in history, more people used mobile devices to visit e-commerce sites as compared to desktop computers. These metrics clearly state that mobile is indeed the way to go. As of now, is it enough to invest in basic smartphone / mobile app development?
The following trends might help you decide:
• Voice is coming back, and texting is slowly becoming out of style. With voice now becoming the preferred means of sending messages, making calls and doing a range of tasks such as web searches via smartphones, it is highly likely that demand for voice apps will rise. In recent years, different voice apps have already started to appear on the bigger scene. Applications such as Line, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Kik, which provide instant messaging not only through text windows, but also through audio & video channels.
• The internet of things industry is gaining even more momentum, which means developers will need to be conversant with means to leverage and build upon the array of location-based and services which will be introduced online in the upcoming years.
• The demand for responsive apps is still high, as consumers continue to demand support for their device’s screen size.
• The mobile payment market is also growing rapidly and more players are clamoring aboard the Google Wallet and Apple Pay train. Mobile app developers must explore methods to ensure that applications are plugged into the latest and most innovative ways to purchase physical goods and services.
• Wearable devices are also revolutionizing a new and growing industry closely related to smartphones. Therefore, developers need to keep an eye out on the wearable market, and start developing apps for these types of application environments, including enhanced interactions with smartphones.