Mobile development continues to thrive at a feverish pace in 2016. As the mobile industry expands throughout much of the world, the demand for consumer and enterprise mobile development will continue to surge forward. According to Statista, Smartphone users are predicted to grow from 4.61 billion users in 2016 to 4.77 billion users in 2017. If your enterprise is looking to continue mobile expansion plans into 2017, or looking to implement a new mobile strategy, it’s important to have a strong understanding of all the mobile development trends and options that we will continue to see emerge in 2017.
Cloud Technology Will Impact Mobile Development
One issue in mobile development for many organizations is how to build mobile apps that are applicable to many mobile devices. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy will continue to be a topic for many organizations. One solution to this mobile development dilemma, and additional issues around mobile computing is to move the mobile apps and their data to servers running in the mobile cloud. Mobile users will be able to access the app and the data running on many different mobile devices. Mobile app developers will look to provide the integration and synchronization in the apps to support multiple platforms. Cloud technology provides mobile developers with a variety of tools for building mobile applications, integrating, testing, and launching. This efficiency through cloud technology will provide cost savings and a faster route to bring the app to market.
Unprecedented Growth For Enterprise Apps
Mobile apps have cemented their ability for driving efficiency and growth in business. The potential for businesses of all sizes to become more discoverable and accessible to their audience makes mobile a key business initiative. According to a Gartner survey, demand for enterprise mobile apps will outstrip available development capacity five to one by the end of 2017.
Hybrid HTML5 Will Become Standard Development Tool
Mobile App Security
As the number of mobile devices we use and own on a daily basis, and the number of mobile apps we download grows rapidly each year, so do the number of mobile security attacks. To decrease mobile security attacks, app developers will need to continue to develop mobile applications with safety protocols like two-factor authentication and make sure the mobile application does not store personal information, banking information and doesn’t request more permission from the user than needed. Mobile security around iOS and Android will continue to evolve in 2017. In 2016 iOS and Android continued to enhance security features within their devices.
Apple’s iOS devices are known for their strong security, partially due to Apple controlling the entire device ecosystem-software, hardware and firmware. In addition Apple relies on strong encryption practices throughout its platform. At Apple’s 2016 WWDC event, the company announced it would require the use of its App Transport Security (ATS) feature in all apps by January 1, 2017. This would essentially force all app traffic to run through encrypted HTTPS connections.
Google is making a plethora of changes to its mobile OS to increase security. The improved hardware-backed security functionally is one of the most important mobile security-related Android updates. In addition, automatic security updates for Android will be in effect, making it easier and quicker to patch applications. Android changes have been made to its app permissions model making it more granular and asking for specific permission at the point when is needs that permission to perform a user-invoked action that is more likely to be trusted by the user. Android will need to explore additional security functionality, as it will always be limited in its capabilities due to a lack of control of its potential integrations.
Mobile Automation Integration In Manufacturing
Manufacturing industries will look to embrace mobile automation more in 2017. The manufacturing industries are seeing the benefits in adopting smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices that offer faster access to key information and problem-solving application. Using mobile devices in manufacturing provides a wealth of features and benefits for operations. Mobile integration will drive this trend through the ability to push machine system notifications and status information from a cloud server down to the mobile or wearable device used by the operator. Adapting mobile integration will provide the manufacturing industry an extraordinary level of flexibility by providing actionable information to all the key people, in any region of the world. An additional benefit, is the ability to leverage participation in “bring your own device” (BYOD), reducing the learning curve through the use of familiar devices.
The Internet of Things Will Gain More Attention
The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to gain more attention around the globe. Mobile developers will continue to expand on connecting new technologies and invention. Throughout your homes and business the Internet of Things will continue to look for ways to provide access to various things through IoT based apps in your smartphone. The IoT is gaining tremendous traction in a variety of industries including Home Automation Systems, Energy Efficiency, Healthcare, and many more.
What The Mobile Development Future Holds
Look for these trends to captivate the mobile development landscape as we head towards 2017. It is clear that now is the time of mobile, mobile users outweighs desktop users. With the focus on mobile for consumers and enterprise, we will continue to see new trends take place in the mobile market. If your organization is looking to continue mobile expansion plans, or looking to implement a new mobile strategy, or may be new to mobile development, Xorbix can help. Contact Xorbix today for a free mobile estimate for your next mobile app development project.