In recent times, the world of smart gadgets has gained lots of traction. Apart from smartphones, other smart gadgets like Android wear, smart televisions, and other smart gadgets have taken the world by storm. Moreover, technologies such as Internet of Things and cloud computing have made this technology sector look forward to greater advancement. These will keep application developers glued to the edge of their seats. In this article, I’ll share with you some trends that will shape mobile app development in 2016.
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First let’s see some interesting app developer statistic that will affect trends:
- Total number of software developers globally – 19M
- Total number of mobile app developers globally – 8.7M
- Region with the greatest number of developers – Asia (760k)
- The highest average iOS app developer hourly rate – $150 (North America), the lowest – $30 (India)
- The highest average Android app developer hourly rate – $168 (North America), the lowest – $26 (India)
- 83% of developers use at least one cross-platform tool for things like analytics, crash reporting, and testing
- 53% of mobile developers were already working on some form of IoT project
Here are some app development trends for 2016:
1. IoT and Mobile App Integration
Internet of Things is taking mobile app development to a completely different level. Following statistics clearly reveal the vital role of IOT in the near future:
- The global IOT market is slated to grow at CAGR of 31.72 % by 2019
- IoT product and service suppliers are expected to generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion in 2020.
- By the time we step foot in 2020, more than 5 billion people and 50 billion things will be connected to each other.
Some important IoT trends that will be on lookout are new devices, development of new standards for M2M automation and multi-sensor support, vertical IoT services and a lot of topics related to privacy and security concerns. All these trends indicate a boom around IoT, which will lead to an increased adoption of related products and a growth of the required ecosystem. Some companies are still underestimating the effect of IoT on their market and business operations and it’s strongly recommended that they should measure this effect on their business goals.
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2. Enterprise apps are more profitable for developers
The continuous rise in the sales of mobile phones creates a demand on suitable apps . Among the estimated quantity of 1.5 million available apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, almost half is focused on enhancing the overall performance of enterprises. The reason is very easy; company is able to pay more, particularly for the tools that will bring dividends.
The average income with enterprise apps is about $10k per month which will continue to attract more mobile app developers, than other sectors. Furthermore, around 35% of leading companies are expected to develop their own mobile app development platforms by 2016 that will result in mobile app demand outrunning the capacity of IT companies to satisfy it by five to one in the 2017.
3. Cross-platform tools will take the leading positions
No longer is it comfortable to be restricted to the usage of only a single platform. Significant amount of devices with advanced level functionality require the support of multiple platforms. The sudden rise of cross-platforms will be intensified by the rise of cloud computing. Such cross-platform tools as Sencha, PhoneGap, Unity3D, Appcelerator Titanium, Cocos2d, Qt, Corona already exists these days. An ability to work on a common language and the easy apps maintenance are the two main pros of cross-platforms.
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The first benefit allows mobile app developers to design native mobile apps with improved functionality and updated features, to create a user-friendly interface and to translate to faster mobile app development and iteration. The second benefit allows minimizing the maintenance costs due to the specifics of the working process which involves only one team of app developers, who share common knowledge.
4. Swift Programming Language From Apple
With the advent of Apple’s new programming language Swift, we are seeing a shift in iOS app development from Objective-C vs Swift. With Swift becoming the most popular programming language on the internet according to Tiobe Index and iOS app programmers finding it a lot easier to work with one can be sure that we will be hearing more about Swift in 2016.
5. Cloud and Mobile Applications
There is no question Cloud computing and technologies are already making a dent in the tech industry and makes life easier for all of us. We now expect Cloud Technologies to play a crucial role in mobile application development.
With 2016, we will be seeing more mobile applications utilizing cloud technologies and developers building apps on the cloud so that apps can be easily used on different mobile platforms. This will also help developers easily sync data across a wide spectrum of devices utilizing the Cloud.
I hope that the above listed app development trends for 2016 will prove to be useful to your business. If you have any query or points to add here, please feel free to leave your comments below!
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