2016 had been a big year for technology enthusiasts and 2017 is looking even bigger. People are understanding innovative technologies and adopting them with ease, embracing them as a part of their existence. The mobile app space is also being touched by the magic of these technologies and it is using them to deliver the most amazing experiences. In fact, mobile apps are leveraging these technologies to gather pace and popularity in the competitive app store scenario.
Let us know all about the big tech trends of 2017 and their influence on the mobile app space:
(1) Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is the technology that has changed lives, the way people live and work. The technology connects physical objects (things) to the internet with smart sensors. These “things” can be accessed and controlled from remote locations by a person who is authorized to do so. IoT translates concepts such as home automation and business automation into reality and improves the quality of life.
The Mobile App Perspective: Mobile applications are the fuel of IoT technology as they are used to make the devices perform. For instance, you would need a mobile app to monitor and manage an IoT-connected device at home or at work. Wearable apps for Apple Watches, Google Glasses, and Fit Bits are the best instances of apps meant for personal use. Similarly, enterprise apps make a great combination with IoT as they streamline business operations and enable inventory/employee tracking.
(2) Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
The technologies of AR and VR are at the peak of popularity right now. These offer immersive experiences as they merge the real world with the virtual world. While Virtual Reality completely changes what is perceived by the vision, Augmented Reality merges virtual objects in the physical world. In 2017, these technologies have stepped out of the gaming realms and are now making a big entry in the business scenario.
The Mobile App Perspective: The AR and VR trend is bringing new opportunities for the mobility space. These technologies are being included in mobile applications to enhance their aesthetic value and usability. AR apps are used for training employees as well as giving life-like demos to the clients. VR apps are finding a place in the e-commerce industry as they are being used to create virtual try rooms for online stores.
(3) Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Another technology trend that has made it big in 2017 is that of Artificial Intelligence. The technology enables machines to mimic cognitive functions much like human intelligence and gives them the ability to understand, learn, and solve problems. It serves in various forms such as natural language generation, voice recognition, decision management, robotic process automation, and deep learning platforms.
The Mobile App Perspective: The best instance of AI technology being merged with mobility is the adoption of smart virtual assistants or chatbots in e-commerce applications. These virtual assistants are a perfect alternative to their human counterparts as they apply AI to serve perfect customer support solutions. Similarly, the technology works with apps to deliver perfect experiences that match user expectations and preferences, such as sounding a reminder alarm or playing their favorite piece of music.
Healthcare apps, driverless cars, remote security systems, and machine automation are some of the best examples of the application of innovative tech trends. The role of mobile applications in materializing these technologies is crucial. In fact, apps and technologies are symbiotic as both are interdependent on each other. At Mobibiz, we develop futuristic mobile applications that harness the best of these trending technologies.