Introduction

New trends are actually quite important no matter what field we are talking about. That is because these trends will help improve the niche. When we are talking about mobile app development, you want new trends to come so that there will be new and more exciting features being implemented in today’s applications. In this article, I will talk about the top trends that will drive the mobile app development niche in 2018.

1. Artificial Intelligence and the Use of Chatbots

You have probably seen movies that make use of artificial intelligence (some in nefarious ways, but most of them are for good reasons). Artificial intelligence was primarily used in robots and its prototypes, but the technology has expanded so that app developers can make use of them in their applications. This is especially useful for business apps to better serve their customers. Machine Learning is one of the most ubiquitous implementations of AI in the app market. This technology is popular in streaming apps where it can give you certain suggestions based on what type or genre of content you consume on a consistent basis. Chatbots is also another way of using artificial intelligence. Whenever you visit a website, a pop-up might come and it will ask you if you need assistance. The same technology is already being implemented in mobile applications today. We will be expecting more AI implementations in the near future as the technology will have advancements to its architecture.

2. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearable Devices

Smart devices have become more mainstream nowadays and they have practical applications. Monitoring health, managing lights, and other industrial uses are quite useful and that is all thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is not quite commonplace in homes because the current products on the market that support the technology are still quite expensive for the usual household. But, as these things become cheaper and cheaper, expect to see more implementations of IoT. This also goes for wearable gadgets like smartwatches, for example. The convenience of having to do some of our phone’s functions directly on these wearables is a nice thing.

3. Blockchain Technology

Bitcoin is said to be the future currency that people will use. I do not know if that is true, but what I am actually excited about is the Blockchain technology. What this does is that it allows for the distribution and transmission of data that is immutable and cannot be copied by another source until, well, it is distributed to that end. This provides an avenue for apps to have more security. Yes, there are plenty of cloud services available today, but they run the risk of the information being leaked out. One security feature is to increase encryption protocols, but that can only do so much in keeping attackers at bay. With Blockchain, however, you are assured that your data remains secure at all times, so you know that the confidential information that is contained in your storage will be safe from the hands of evil-doers.

Conclusion

Top trends in mobile app development will shape the way we use applications in the future. Things like Blockchain Technology, advancements in Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things becoming more commonplace are going to make apps more exciting than ever before.