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3 Upcoming iOS and Android Mobile App Development Trends

As per the figure estimations provided by SurveyMonkey, global revenues from mobile apps are ought to grow by a mind-boggling 962.5% from 2011 to 2017—$8 billion to $77 billion. With existing business maintaining their high-level usage of apps and the emergence of new markets, it can be easily said that the revenues will jump as high as $100 billion by 2020. So let’s explore what app development trends professionals need to look out for both iOS and Android phones in 2017.

1. Growth in hybrid technologies

Around 50% of the firms around the world use enterprise apps. The trend is likely to grow thicker, with emerging hybrid development technologies paving way to gain their increasing hold. For agile hybrid app development works, developers will start using platforms such as Ionic, AngularJS, Sencha Touch, Cordova, and PhoneGap more intensely. Such hybrid technologies have experienced a recent rise in demand due to more and more companies allowing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) technology on a global level. It’s been projected the demand for business apps will be 5 times to the total availability of developers. So it’s a global call for all the developers out there!

2. It’s all “Cloudy” in future

It has been calculated around 75% of worldwide smartphone users prefer going for apps that have the cloud feature installed. It’s obvious the major reason is to allow a user to access his/her app and data from different devices. With heavy usage of cloud-based technologies, accessibility across multiple synched devices and integration will become more seamless than ever. Additionally developers will get more ground for testing, coding, performance-measurement, and launch purposes for apps. Cloud-based technologies also look promising to shorten the overall app development time cycle and speeding the average launch time in the market.

3. We will see more of Citizen Developer’s trend

It is not every day you see developers with extended years of experience and expert knowledge of coding and related platforms. While the number of such developers do not match the demands of app development today. To cater this shortage, several DIY app development tools and techniques have been put into practice by non-programmers. Recognizing the need, various automated development techniques and a basic WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design have successfully assisted the development of platforms such as Microsoft’s PowerApps, IBM’s Mobile First, and others released by Exicon and Telerik. The self-explanatory custom templates and drag-and-drop features will enable even an average developer (with limited or even below par knowledge of coding) to create mobile apps for different platforms. This “Citizen Developer’s trend” (for Low Code/No Code app development) is surely to benefit from in 2017 and upcoming years.

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