Predictions for mobile app development

In 2023, mobile development will focus on enterprise apps, multi-purpose design for connected devices, engaging users through micro-moments, enhanced security measures, cloud-based app integration, website-app hybrid functionality, and leveraging app stores for comprehensive management solutions in the IoT-driven world.

The fierce competition in the mobile space continues, and, as a result, developers continue to look for the next big thing. Indeed, all it takes is to leverage an emerging trend, and an app can quickly rise to superstardom. With the mobile development industry continuing its evolution, there’s no better time than now to share our predictions for the industry this year.

Enterprise apps will grow in number and popularity

This year has already seen many opportunities for app developers to focus on building and managing applications for the enterprise market, and this growth is expected to continue.

Multi-purpose design will become a requirement

Although wearable technology is being offered by more companies than ever before and is becoming ever-popular with consumers, this technology is moving beyond the body to enter televisions, cars and homes. As such, app developers will anticipate that customers will need to be able to use these apps from within this connected landscape and not just from a single device.

Anticipatory moments will take centre stage

The current techniques being used to engage users are shifting to what has been named the ‘micro-moment’. Micro-moments, defined as brief interactions designed to get customer attention to anticipate their needs, will continue this year. As a result of the shift, developer thinking will also need to shift. This trend is expected to cause the end of traditional singular applications. Developers will instead likely use several capabilities, such as notices, to connect with users several times daily.

Additional security will be needed

This year will see a large percentage of apps unable to pass even the most basic security tests. It is also expected that errors in mobile app configurations will cause security breaches into 2017 and beyond. Unfortunately, this will likely lead to sensitive data being put at risk as more business users continue to use their smartphones and tablets for work purposes.

Apps will become cloud-based

Because apps will require integrating various devices to be used to their full potential, they will be placed in the cloud instead of on individual devices like they are today. This will allow users to move more easily between devices as needed for work or at home. Each app will perform as well on one device as it does on another, offering the opportunity for full functionality whether the user is on a computer or a hand-held device.

Websites will imitate apps

With apps set to be usable across several devices, they will also cross into the website realm. That being said, more websites will start performing like apps. This means the addition of characteristics like responsive design, automatic updating and two-way communication. It is expected that the gap between how websites display information and how apps do it will continue to decrease this year.

The app store will be king

As businesses continue to adopt the use of app stores, the stores themselves will increase their utility beyond the provision of company apps to employees. Instead, it will be discovered that app stores can be a solution for consolidating systems currently managed separately. App stores may also be used to manage software licenses by combining application requests and existing software licensing processes.

The Internet of Things (or IoT) will see the creation of more mobile experiences than ever before. Smart homes, cities and offices will soon be connected and managed using nothing more than a single smartphone.

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