Five Trends in App Development
App development is a rapidly developing field with new ideas and trends emerging every year. This might prove to be an issue for busy developers who are so burdened down with work that they have little time for continuing education. However, it always pays to remain abreast of the new trends because some of these trends actually form the backbone of the development models in the coming years.
The changing landscape of mobile and cellular technology is reflected in both software and hardware platforms. In particular, the most important and visible change is the introduction of new versions of mobile OS every few years. Each new version introduces a new set of features that often require a new approach to app development.
Faster Development Cycles
The need to remain competitive in the market means that the businesses require their apps to be ready as soon as possible. The result is a lot of pressure on the developers to finish development of the apps within a very limited timeframe.
This rush to introduce apps as soon as possible means that the market is ripe for rapid development tools. These tools cater to both end users and developers but each category has differences that ensure that the intended user is able to use the product efficiently.
Integrated Cloud Technology
Cloud based solutions allow developers to take advantage of always-on and always-available development environment. A number of companies offer cloud based development products that provide access to workspaces with a high degree of collaboration from a distributed development team. These development environments provide complete support for the entire development process from initial design and development, integration, testing and final deployment.
Location Based Services
Location based services is the latest buzzword in app development. Even simple cellular devices contain a Bluetooth radio and support for Wi-Fi internet access. Locating a particular device is as simple as using a set of APIs that access the device and pinpoints its location on the map.
Location based services form the foundation of a completely new class of apps that push information to the end-user based on their location. Almost all customer facing industries including real estate, entertainment, retail and healthcare services providers use these apps to provide the users with information and advertisement.
Finally, security is the new standard of app development. All apps need to be stable and secure enough to provide basic security for users’ personal information. The need for security increases as the sensitivity of the apps increases. Thus, apps, that store or process personal and financial information, require a very high degree of security on both the device and connectivity levels. Security should be built in the structure of the apps from the very start. Developers who treat security as an add-on or separate module soon discover production schedule slipping and development process disrupted.
App development has changed a lot with agile development methodologies and quick prototyping tools that greatly reduce the production cycles. Developers should integrate these trends in the development processes to ensure highly productive and stable apps for their clients.