Mobile App Development: Top Trends, Part 1

May 31, 2018

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The smartphone market is booming. According to Statista, the global smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.7 billion units in 2020. By 2021, 40 percent of the world’s population is forecasted to own a smartphone.

But what trends are projected to dominate the future of mobile app development?

App Streaming

Apps require storage space, and often they consume too much memory. Thus, high memory consumption is one of the major reasons for app deletion.

App streaming technology was developed precisely to solve this problem. Similar to video streaming, application streaming allows using particular app functions without any need to download and install it on smartphone.

The technology provides developers with a range of benefits. Users can get the first impression of the apps without having to install them. It allows reducing purchase costs, while, on the other hand, simplifying retention of current customers. As a result, users can be bound to the product in the long term.

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Enterprise mobile apps

Gartner predicts that by 2022, 70 percent of all software interactions in the enterprise will occur on mobile devices.

First of all, it will satisfy employees’ wish to bring their own device into the work.

Secondly, enterprise mobile apps can help companies to significantly increase productivity by providing more flexibility, generating extra working time for employees, reducing downtime from travelling to a desktop, etc.

Therefore, more and more enterprises are starting to realise the relevance of organizing their business operations, and provide better employee involvement on the go.

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IoT-based apps

As already mentioned above, the global smartphone market is projected to keep growing. New technologies, improved sensors and modern networks as well as greater acceptance of cloud services will boost its development.

Thus, IoT will also greatly increase its spread. It will become progressively easier to add IoT features to a product at a minimal cost.

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, IoT technology will be in 95 percent of electronics for new product designs.


According to Gartner, by 2021, more than 50 percent of enterprises will spend more per annum on bots and chatbot creation than traditional mobile app development.

Already today many large enterprises such as Amazon and Microsoft are investing in chatbot development. Bots help to book a trip, find required information online, etc.

Chatbots are expected to become the face of AI. The technology will change the way apps are built.

Traditional mobile apps downloaded from a store will be just one of many options for users.


Most mobile apps are focused on UI and UX. The security remains often totally neglected.

For example, apps that access unnecessary data (fitness apps requiring access to calender) generate needless log files.

In addition, they are dependent on diverse frameworks and tools. All this makes the software vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Precisely because of the rapidly increasing use of enterprise apps, it is important for developers to focus more on data safety.

Mobile App Development: Top Trends, Part 2

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