7 Latest Android App Development Trends to Watch in 2017

7 Latest Android App Development Trends to Watch in 2017

Today the rise of mobile and app development industry has crossed the horizon and is drastically gaining momentum with each passing year. Mobile apps have themselves revolutionized the user-device interaction and is continuously striving to make user-engagement better and more seamless than before.

Google is working hard to fight disintegration and wants to attract more talented developers and businesses in the industry of app development. So what trends are we about to encounter that will shape the android app development to a whole new level? Let’s examine the hottest facets developers can acquire to provide the most creative apps and mobile solutions like never before.

1. Better Security

Let’s not forget we are already engulfed by a countless number of apps and consumers certainly won’t be asking for any more. However, the one thing they require in the existing apps is the strengthening of security or data protection element.

It has been projected that by 2017, around 50% of global transactions will be conducted via mobile phones. Obviously no one wants their personal data and mobile passwords become prone to cyber threats and theft!

Android is not preferred by many businesses due to its poor performance in encryption (even in top mobile phones) and simple publishing. Easy publishing enables unauthorized access and parties to enter into Google Play without much hassle. As a counter measure, in 2015 Google introduced the container security solutions for Android run gadgets. The solution was meant to apply for all the operating systems starting from Lollipop. The protection allowed the users to create a separate workspace for their corporate apps and safeguard their personal data within. So the trend to come up with more powerful solutions is not likely to satisfy users just yet, giving developers much more to think and work for.

2. Swift Mobile App Development

The vendors are finding it more difficult each day to keep pace with the growing demand of apps. The concept of ‘citizen developer’ introduced by IT giants call to cater the rising demand making it the core source of all the upcoming big trends in app development. The vendors have eased the cloud-based platforms for development by incorporating drag-and-drop options through simple coding. In short, the simplified coding invites all the amateur coders to contribute their say in the global app development field.

3. Payment Solutions

It is calculated that payment through transactions will cross the staggering $118 billion mark worldwide till 2018. With the introduction of Android Pay and Google Wallet, Google has its own share to offer in mobile commerce. Google is working at partnership with CyberSource, Braintree, and other popular and widely recognized payment processors to back service integration.

In 2017, several noteworthy applications including Open Table, Groupon, Domino’s, etc. are expected to be activated.

4. Augmented Reality (AR)

The paramount investments in augmented and virtual reality have crossed an astonishing $1 billion only during the first quarter of last year. Take the wonders of Pokémon Go for instance, the location-based augmented reality game that blends in real-life elements with the features in the game.

Android OS is mainly preferred by developers for AR gaming apps due to its convenient APIs, the surface holder function, and graphics.

5. Internet of Things (IoT)

Tech experts have predicted that by 2020, there will be around 50 billion devices connected across the globe. The ratio is equal to 6 connections per person alive at the time. The connected devices accounts for all the mobile gadgets to wearables, smart refrigerators incorporated by security-sensitive technology, and even door locks.

However, every connected device requires a mobile app for activation and running. Given the trend and demand, it won’t come as a surprise app developers around the world will be required to remodel IoT apps into marketable products and accessories.

6. Wearables

For quite some time now, wearables were created and meant to be used by healthcare professionals only. However, the shift in the trend is all clear, as several tech giants are planning and working to introduce a number of daily-use smart wearables to work in parallel with mobile gadgets.

Google closely follows the trends and shifts in user experience and is well-versed with the software development guides, so additional advancement in the performance of apps specifically for Android Wear is surely on the cards.

7. Increased Emphasis on UX

If you are to make a top and effective app regardless of the industry, the user experience (UX) should always be mandated with foremost priority. With so many apps in the making at this instant and being launched daily, the demand for a better-than-before user experience is undoubtedly on the rise. Currently the iOS app development is inclined to perform better than Android at user experience, so a more stiff competition and performance is highly expected from top and experienced android app developers in the future.

Final word

Android app development industry is consistently performing better and coming up with unique solutions for users with each year. With the focus getting clearer for mobile devices, its obvious users are expecting to use a device filled with more UX-oriented and creative apps run on interactive interfaces. Examining these trends keenly is what every developer needs to do in order to excel for the betterment of tech industry and for their own career growth as well.

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