Talking with mobile app developers about your plans for a project can be an exciting process, but it's a good idea to keep up with trends in the industry before you get too involved with an effort. Modern smartphones and tablets are adding impressive new technologies every quarter. These five advances in the business may give you something more to talk about with your app development team.
1. VR and AR
Virtual reality and augmented reality, styled respectively as VR and AR, have taken deep root in the world of smart devices over the last couple years. A race is on to add VR/AR goggle capabilities, with Samsung and Apple leading the pack, as usual. Virtual reality systems allow users to navigate artificial spaces and explore possibilities, while AR provides overlays of computer models that they can interact with alongside real objects. A number of games with AR capabilities, such as Pokemon Go, have taken off, and serious industries, such as telemedicine, are beginning to see a number of entries, too.
2. Indoor Navigation
Using a slew of software and hardware hacks, mobile app developers have begun to provide indoor navigational capabilities similar to the GPS systems that we use outdoors and in our cars. The method used often requires the installation of markers that allow the apps to map their interfaces to the real world. A popular use case for this type of navigation is providing access to information about bathrooms, stands and terminals at airports, subway stations, and stadiums.
The advantage of a new generation of smart devices, such as watches and athletic wristbands, has opened up a world of apps built on top of wearable technologies. Even standard smartphones are getting in on the action, thanks to a generation of systems that make clever use of features like the camera to do everything from scanning faces to monitoring blood pressure.
If it's available on a smartphone, people want a way to put their individual mark on it. Personalization technologies are running wild, especially thanks to the rise of animojis, animated emojis that utilize face tracking technology to create personalized pictures.
5. Cloud-Based Backends
Providing the highest level of availability for the backend of an app is critical, and cloud-based technologies have stepped in to fill the void left by traditional servers. Companies are also reducing costs by distributing their content across the cloud, minimizing their on-site storage requirements.