The Future of Mobile App Development
Technology is always on a forward march. There are many developments in progress, in almost all the varied fields of technology. Mobiles are the new generation’s staple device, and mobile apps are the newest technological advancement in this field. Mobile app development depends mostly on user demands and popularity. However, there are hardly any aspects of life left, which has not been the inspiration for the development of some genius mobile app. This poplar surge of demand for mobile apps compels techies to strategize the future of mobile app development.
GigaOm, in collaboration with the Netherlands based Distimo, conducted a widespread survey of over 350 mobile apps all over Europe and the US. Distimo is an esteemed app analytics enterprise. A look at this detailed survey reveals many recent trends and future possibilities in the field of mobile apps development.
Quite predictably, the trends lean towards iPhone, Android and related OS development. The survey also brought in to light some other potential facts. There will be a significant decrease in mobile Flash development. The future endeavors for development to the Blackberry OS do not have any higher intensity than the progress focus for Windows mobile development. Symbian and WebOS platforms show tendencies of lowering interest and focus.
Cloud Computing is another fast growing aspect of technology that has computers and mobiles alike, in its grip. In fact, reports from popular mobile trends developers and communities like the Eclipse community, have quite predictably pointed out that cloud computing is the future of web technology and mobile development too. Smart phones still need some more time to gain popularity in the developing nations of the world. Feature phones hardly utilize mobile apps at the same frequency. However, cloud computing still shows positive signs of establishing itself quite fast. The main advantage of cloud computing for mobile apps is that you can now eliminate the mobile carrier company from your mobile app transactions. You can directly get your mobile apps if you have an access to the internet. It is being predicted that cloud computing will be almost completely initiated in the major mobile platforms by the end of the year 2015.
However, this revolution does not mean that you will have to continually depend on a web browser to use your mobile apps. The major platforms in this field, like the Google App engine, Amazon Web Services and Salesforce’s Force.com will develop mobile apps in both web and mobile formats. A major difficulty for mobile computing is the speed of your internet connection. 3G connection is available in the market but the reception in non-urban areas is quite unhelpful. Some advanced technologies like HTML5 might prove to be helpful to breach these problems.
Mobile app development is still in its initial stages. However, this rather reminds the users that web technology and desktop applications also had a phase where the user interfaces were quite under developed. Most of the surveys, including quite an extensive survey conducted by mobile apps platform Appcelerator, indicate that most app developers are quite comfortable with Apple’s various mobile platforms. They are most likely to introduce initial apps with versions adaptable to the Apple mobile OS, which they will later develop to be adapted to various other mobile platforms.
Most of the surveys conducted to understand the trends in mobile app development have been conducted over a cross section of techies and technologies that renders the research quite trustworthy. The survey was based on app developers who were working as independent professionals as well as those that were working closely with the biggest brands in the market. The apps themselves had a wide variety of range from games, lifestyle, education, social media apps as well as entertainment apps thrown in the collection. The data, thus collected, takes in to account a wide variety of factors that increases the survey’s accuracy.