Today, smartphones have become an important part of our daily lives. From email to chatting with our loved ones using Whatsapp, we use smartphones and apps for almost everything. As per a recent report from TouchPoints, currently 2.1 Billion people worldwide own a smartphone.

The rise of smartphones and apps is unbelievable yet true, and this trend is increasing rapidly. In this blog post, let's discuss about the mobile app development trends to watch out for in 2017

Last year we saw launch of some smart apps, AI tools and a lot more smart concepts. This year we will witness these smart concepts develop into fully functional mobile apps.

Cloud Based Mobile Apps Are on the Rise

Today from customers to tech experts, everyone is aware of cloud technology and how it’s impacting our daily lives. Cloud computing is widely used in mobile apps today.

We can expect powerful mobile applications which consumes minimal internal memory by directly fetching data from cloud. Cloud based web apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., are just the tip of the iceberg. As per a recent report by Cisco, cloud based apps will drive about 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019.

Wearable Devices and Apps

Wearable devices continue to gain popularity among customers. According to recent report from IDC (International Data Corporation), Wearable devices market is expected to grow at (CAGR- compound annual growth rate) 20.3%, leading to 213.6 million wearable devices shipped in 2020.

During 2016, we saw some remarkable wearable devices like Apple Watch, Google Daydream View, Pebble 2, Xiaomi Mi Band 2, etc., and in this year more wearable devices are expected to hit the market. These wearable devices are not restricted to healthcare industry; they prove to be one of the most promising mobile app development trends in 2017.

IoT and Smart Apps

Internet-connected smart devices would become part of our lives in near future. The rapid adoption of cloud based apps and IoT devices have piqued mobile developer interest last year and this trend is expected to continue during this year also.

It is expected that IoT market will grow from 157.05$ billion in 2016 to 661.74$ billion by 2021, at a CAGR of about 33.3%. This humungous growth of IoT devices directly impacts the app development trends as these devices are mostly controlled by Smartphones.

Artificial Intelligence

AI (Artificial intelligence) has been the talk of the town since 2016 and is expected to gain popularity this year like never before. With the help of the Artificial intelligence, app developers can figure out effective and enhanced functionality for their app development projects.

This year, developers will work towards exploring and finding out the ways to make use of AI to improve their app functionalities and performance.

Open Source will continue to Rule

Open source development breaks the data center down into its lowest-level components. It makes the development process much easier to scale solutions across the business and to incorporate new functionalities. As the ever-increasing demand for open-source app development is on the rise with each passing year, this year we will witness more and more software solutions built on popular open-source platforms like Linux.

Several open source platforms such as Xamarin, Apache Cordova, Node.js etc., are being used as they have already built API’s for most common databases.

Final Words

When it comes to app development, developers can’t rely on dated tools and trends. 2016 was a major year in which augmented reality based Pokemon Go and Snapchat have had huge successes. After reading the above-mentioned trends see how you can incorporate these to grow your business.