In the earlier days of usage of the mobile apps, the sole purpose that was served by this apps was to provide important information to the customers, just to be displayed on the various App Stores. But, over the years we have seen a surge in the use of smartphones, so much so that Google Play exhibits 2.2 million apps and Apple App Store has almost 2 million apps. The organizations gradually demanded more user-friendly apps and diverted all their energies towards advancing mobile app development of custom apps, for streamlining and automating the employee-centric business processes.
The demand for the custom apps is increasing day by day and we find that there is a need for efficient and rapid development tools, in the current context, so that businesses can pursue their initiatives in a much more effective manner. In fact, such tools are extremely useful in meeting the demands of the businesses that they are working for.
The mobile app development is growing at an almost relentlessly rapid pace and mobile apps are no longer part of some singular projects, but are woven around the entire organization with other emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality and Ambient Intelligence.
On the whole the mobile app development market is tending towards more smarter solutions.
The mobile apps are not restricted to smartphones, but are also gaining equal importance in other areas such as Wearables, Smart Cars, Smart Homes and Offices and the plethora of IoT based apps. 2016 was the year when we saw an increasing usage of the Cloud-based services and apps, which have the ability to share as well sync data in the real-time. Moreover, we see the rise of Personal Digital Assistants from the technology giants of the likes of Siri from Apple, Alexa from Amazon and Cortana from Windows, which are all capturing the attention of the customers.
Here are some of these technologies that will be gaining importance in 2017:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Rise of the Chatbots
The AI based applications have a wide variety of usage. First thing, that comes to our minds are the Virtual Personal Assistants. Apple’s Siri has gained lots of appreciation from everyone. These Assistants will take you to the next level. So, whether it is Cortana or Alexa, all of these serve only one purpose, enabling you to be more productive and multitasking, in a novel way.
There are many such productivity apps which have built-in AI. There are apps which are efficient in organizing the camera roll of your phone, and also search for the best images taken.
The Personal Assistants always need linguists who develop the speech recognition system for them. There is Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) which translates voice to text.
The use of chatbots are about to be increased to a great extent in 2017, so much so that they are supposed to even replace the mobile apps. The mobile-first approach by the app developers ensure that the chat bots are mobile optimized. Additionally the marketers need to spread their presence across social media platforms. Chatbots simply enables the users to update the messages, in one go. Furthermore, the chatbots are capable of real-time updates.
The ecommerce segment will gain considerably from the application of chatbots, as they replace the humans and increase your ROI, while keeping the costs low, requiring occasional human intervention, The chatbots are about to become the norms of the e commerce businesses, useful in giving a smooth experience for the customers.
Ambient Intelligence and the Smart Buildings
There is rapid growth in this direction, all about encashing digital interconnectedness, producing information and services, enhancing the quality of our lives. It is brought about by a dynamic combination of mobile computing platforms, neural networks and deep learning, Graphics processing units (GPUs) and Big Data along with Cloud.
So, we have started talking about Ambient Intelligence and the Smart Buildings. These buildings will respond to human behaviors, through the use of mobile devices and advanced level sensors. The human actions like location, facial image and temperature will be traced by these devices. Examples are smart building that respond to the human beings and the environment, switching lighting or heating as they interact.
However, there is still lots that need to be done, before the organizations actually adapt to the above technology trends.
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