Change is the only constant in the world of technology and mobile apps are no exception to this paradigm. The definition of a mobile app, what it can do and what it is meant for are changing every day what with instant apps, integration between various apps and delivery of mini services by means of notifications. Thus, the context of a mobile app is being redefined every now and then. Being leaders in mobile app development, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to provide an overview of what is changing, why change is imminent and how radical a change are we looking at.
Mobile Apps & What They Are Used ForMobile applications are being increasingly used for anything and everything from conducting businesses, financial transactions to entertainment. Consumers are becoming increasingly dependent on apps for booking salon appointments, movie tickets, ordering food, personal shopping to transferring money. Almost every business is thinking of owing a mobile app that will help connect with their customers directly and innovations are happening all around. Mobile apps are so popular that mobile app marketing is in itself a lucrative industry today and there are billions of apps available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.
There is also the integration of web applications and mobile apps that is happening. For instance, if a user happens to be checking something out about some locality, he/she can find restaurants nearby, user reviews and so on. Google Maps actually shows you how close your nearest Uber is and what restaurants are nearby or en route! The user gets these as mini notifications which we think are very cool! This is a trend setter in mobile app development and both Google and Apple are working towards this direction.
So, with such changes coming up, the whole idea of a mobile app is changed today. In such a scenario, what can one expect in the near future? Read on to learn what we think.
So, What Does All This Mean In Essence?The app is being redefined and will no longer in its conventional form. Users will be able to do things without having to download the app, which is a major relief for many users! No longer does a user have to install an app from the App Store or Google Play Store to enjoy its features and functionalities. He/she may do so after they have sampled how it works and then go ahead and install it. This not only does away with the download, it also means the user needn’t have his/her phone to use the app. This is a dramatic change, isn’t it?
The app is basically being deconstructed and parts of it are available for sampling and though the native app as such will still remain, this idea is about to change the way apps are perceived and written across mobile application platforms. Thus, we could have bits of various apps embedded online and they will become part of the online experience.
Though this will take time to catch up and make way for further advanced systems, as of now companies working on various mobile application platforms should work on understanding user behaviour and how they can cater to the customer’s wants. Though we don’t think that native apps are going anywhere right away, changes to the perceived idea of a typical mobile app are imminent and we are progressing towards achieving a state where we get to enjoy the best of both the mobile application and a web application.