It's hard to believe that twenty years ago there were no mobile apps. Computers were nowhere near what they are today, and even having a phone on your camera was considered advanced. The 2000s and on were decades of technological advancement no one had ever seen before. It wasn't until 2008 that the first mobile apps were released, and since then the industry has grown to have more than 2 million mobile apps available for download. It’s hard to believe that the world could experience another phase of technology development that profound, but experts think it's likely going to happen (and it's going to include mobile apps).
The state of mobile applications has always been dependent on consumer needs and industry trends. Since COVID-19, the accessibility and dependability of mobile apps have been solidified. Now more than ever people are reaping the benefits of mobile development and want to see continuous growth. In the next 5-10 years, there are a few trends and advancements likely going to take place within the mobile sector. These changes will not only improve mobile development as we know it but further weave the technology into the necessities of everyday life.
The desktop computer industry has been declining since the early 2000s with the emergence of mobile applications. Desktops are not likely to become completely obsolete, but the significance of the market is certainly trending downwards. Lifestyles are mobile now and our technology needs to reflect that. There are a variety of industries that have already made the switch to mobile, such as banking, health and wellness, and e-commerce. In the future, we’re likely going to see an expansion to mobile for other industries like education, entertainment, and even transportation.
Not only will desktop-based programs be switching to mobile apps, but technology that never relied on any kind of external computer will as well. Technology like home security and car remotes are becoming more and more reliant on mobile applications. Looking to the future, most of everything will be controllable right from your phone. How fast the progression will be in the next decade is uncertain, but if it's anything like the past-it’s going to happen fast.
Artificial Intelligence has been making its debut slowly over the past few years into mainstream society. It’s also been slowly integrated into mobile phones with features like facial recognition and Apple’s Siri voice communication. The future of AI for mobile apps will include emotional recognition, more smart features, and even real-time translations.
Though it hasn't been rolled out in many apps quite yet, AI can now use body language cues and vocal inflection to detect human emotions. Mobile apps will be able to capture important data regarding their consumers in order to further target ads and personalize the user experience.
Advancements in cameras are also going to be a significant improvement in the future. Using AI technology, cameras will be able to identify people in photos and sort images based on who is in them. They will also be able to auto-enhance photos based on the subject and background to provide the optimal settings for top-notch photography. Certain apps like MyFitnessPal or other wellness trackers use smart camera features to scan nutritional information and import that data into a wellness app. These features will become more accessible across different industry mobile apps to enhance customer experience and overall app potential.
Another trend expected to gain popularity in the future is multi-purpose apps. Right now, most applications have one real purpose. Whether it be banking, shopping, or entertainment-most apps have features limited to one benefit or industry. Instead of having an app for every service, a super app gives access to multiple services all within the same interface.
For example, one mobile app might allow you to message friends, shop, order, and transfer funds to and from bank accounts. These types of apps are not only convenient for use, but they save storage and allow people to have fewer downloads on their phones. As the digital world continues to evolve in the future, these types of mobile apps will likely be the norm.
Lastly, the future of mobile apps aims to be even more secure than it currently is. Security is of course a significant focus for any technology service, as most carry personally identifiable information and private documents. With the uptick in desktop-related cyberattacks, mobile software and development practices are working to make their apps safer for users.
Some of these improvements can be tied together. For example, AI can enhance the security of a mobile app by requiring facial recognition or voice recognition in order to access it. Additionally, as more apps are developed, security practices continue to improve and strengthen through experience. Any new technology can have vulnerabilities, but the more established an industry or technology is-the more opportunity and resources to secure it. In the future, security will be at the top of the priority list for mobile app development.
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