Smartphones and tablets have a ubiquitous presence in our daily lives, so much so that that even the medium to small-sized businesses are gradually thinking in terms of adopting a mobile app, for their businesses, for growing them.
Clutch happens to be a business-to-business research and review company which has released a survey result that shows that less than one-third of small businesses now seem to have a mobile app. The fact, that this new number is growing is due to more such businesses are adopting the mobile app development as a strategy to ride over their competition and grow their businesses. In terms of traffic that is drawn, what was 10 % by the small businesses through their mobile apps, has now become 70 % with the apps.
As the mobile app development is growing at a tremendous pace, along with emerging technologies, we see that there is a growing trend of emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality, Data Analytics and others. The app development trends in 2017 is moving more towards Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chatbots and the Wearables.
Security As a Concern for Smart Mobile App Development
The mobile apps are generally exposed to vulnerabilities and weaknesses, working on a variety of platforms, operating systems and networks. We have already started to hear about cyber-attacks in the mobility space.
But, the effect is not that far-fetched so as to reach the business applications, which often contain the most valuable of data. While developing the smart mobile apps, we need to take security as one of the major factor to be considered.
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It is not cost-effective and a smart way to develop mobile apps on a device-by-device basis. This means higher time will to be invested in designing, building, testing and delivering the apps as well as influencing the marketing efforts in order to reach a wider audience.
Another solution will be to write the code, which works across heterogenous group of devices, with a wrapper app. The best is to select a mobile development platform provider, who will have a secure platform that evolved after lots of research and successfully develops a secure application.
Smart mobile apps need to be based on “write once and run anywhere” concept, so that they can be marketed at a rapid pace.
How the Mobile Apps are Getting Smarter
In order to develop the smart apps, there is an increasing interest that has generated across the much hyped areas of mobile app development with the Chatbots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Personal Digital Assistants.
The technology giants of the likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook are driving forwards towards a future that will be shaped by AI. AI will enable the machines to appear as smart agents who have the ability to gauge the environment and make important decisions. The Responsive Personal Assistants will answer questions, send messages, track information and even launch services. AI will make the devices absolutely hands free as with the intelligent voice capabilities. Natural languages are used while developing the smart app, which can be intuitively accessed by people. The advantage is that it enhances the connectivity between the apps and the users, with improved user experience.
There are lots of application of AI in the smart homes of the future. There are instances of using AI in preferential lighting, depending on where you are located. So, there are dimmer lights for watching TV and the same is brighter, while you are cooking. We see the thermostat working on AI in these smart homes. The smart thermostat will reduce your expenses by not necessarily heating the home, while you are out.
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The self-driven cars are the best known applications, for AI based mobile apps. The idea is about driving games and the ability of the car to see ahead and make decisions based on the data gathered.
Although AI is one of the most prominent among the app development trends in 2017, it will still be the prerogative of only a few companies. For the majority of IT companies, lots of work is left in developing their companies in the areas of agile development, implementation of API-based architecture and backend integration of apps with legacy systems, eventually transforming their companies for the rapidly developing digitized market. Whether these companies would be able to incorporate AI and Chatbots in their mobile strategies remains to be seen.
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