There’s an app for that. you know that when an industry spawns a cross-cultural meme, the trade is in the huge leagues. consider other greats like ‘Google it’ and ‘I’ll find you on Facebook’. no one doubts the ubiquity of apps, but when it comes to app development, specifically android application development, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes that we don’t pay enough attention to. Namely, the innovation and boost that android app development is imbuing in the mobile tech space.Apps are only growing in terms of importance in our everyday lives, however with that importance comes competition, and thereupon competition comes tech innovation.
a new study from Flurry Analytics found that mobile app usage grew 11 November from 2015 to 2016. but – and this is important – this was the first year that the study found certain apps rising in usage while others fell. What that means, basically, is that a rising tide no longer lifts all boats. We’ve hit a point where app developers need to fight for people’s time, as social media and messaging apps grew by 440 yards in usage, while personalization apps fell by 46th.This app-eat-app world means that app developers need to take advantage of all the breakthroughs being made in the industry, including finding ways to continually boost mobile tech. Let’s take a look at many ways that android app development has spurred on the mobile technology sector, and what that means for the future of app development.
When apps 1st came out, everyone wanted to have ‘the’ killer app. What that meant was . . . hard to define, but everyone knew they needed the single app everyone needed. but as times have changes, app developers have realized that trying to successfully implement the ‘everything to everyone’ model is nearly impossible. Instead, what we’ve seen is that more and more companies are turning towards micro apps. A micro app is basically a very specific and very streamlined app that accomplishes a task while also having interoperability with different apps. Slack messenger is the great example of a micro app. These apps are designed to be plug-and-play, with little confusion for the consumer and little hassle when dealing with other apps.That effect of micro-apps is that systems will begin shifting in mobile tech to be more multi-task oriented. We’ve already seen that in tablets, for instance, the ultimate hybrid between a PC and a phone.
Mobile tech is shifting so that your device is focused on running tones of smaller apps in the background and allow them to seamlessly blend together, like geolocation combined with weather updates combined with local news.
Between android and iOS, the two competitors for the king of mobile operating systems, one has traditionally been seen as being more pro-business. surprisingly, despite its reputation for being the ‘fun’ computer company (remember those commercials) Apple is usually considered to have better apps for integrating into a company’s systems. this applies when companies want to distribute corporate phones. but android is fighting back. Google is going out of its way to develop a superior integration of android phones into corporate systems. the ability to use multiple apps seamlessly to help streamline the integration process is one of the massive advancements on the app end of things.
Mobile tech, on the other hand, is benefiting by having even better security options to help protect data. Mobile technology needs to have those measures in place, as data breaches are becoming the new bank heists, and only increasing the information security challenges.
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways that android app development spurs on mobile tech is through its updates. the newest one, Nougat, is shaping up to be an impressive one. You’d need a whole separate article to talk about the specifics of the changes, but broadly speaking, whenever updates are sent out to android phones, app development shifts to take advantage of that update’s strengths. And as app development shifts towards those strengths, the mobile tech will naturally follow.
App integration into the internet of Things
Apps love to build on pre-existing and cutting-edge tech alike. mobile app is changing the shape of mobile tech is the future integration of augmented reality and virtual reality. Apple is famously bullish on AR tech, and the new iterations of iPhones are going to support that. while not necessarily specific to android development, take a look at the success of an app like Pokémon GO which revealed to the world the power of AR apps.That single app helped shift more focus on AR as a hugely important feature for mobile tech going forward. That’s a great example of how app developers can steer mobile tech progression. other interesting possibilities on the horizon include the internet of Things, where mobile tech can communicate with all manner of devices, like a touch-based cutting board that would let you bring up a recipe without having to wash your hands and check your phone every 10 seconds.