Top Mobile App Development Trends That Will Rule in 2018

Top Mobile App Development Trends That Will Rule in 2018

Smartphones have turned into an inseparable part of our life. Getting up with a morning alarm, using Whatsapp, reading news, listening to music, viewing YouTube videos, replying emails, updating project status and so on, everything is flawlessly executed from our smartphones.

2017 was a remarkable year for application development. And now when a new year is at our doorsteps, it will surely bring some of the new trends in mobile application industry. To beat the competition, being an application development organization, we have collected a list of few trends that are surely going to rule in the year to come. So, without even wasting a single minute, let’s dive into the sea to get an idea of upcoming trends.

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)

Today, in this busy world, no one has patience and time. With the innovation of AMP, the loading speed of page on mobile will become really quick. Apart from this amazing trend, another phenomenal function announced by Google is isolated search index only for mobile web. Looking from the SEO perspective, this can change the whole application development approach. AMP will empower the engineers to develop quick loading websites and mobile applications. This will decrease bounce rates and increase performance level over numerous mobile devices.

Blockchain

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This trend is still in existence and is going to continue in 2018 as well. In fact, it is going to stay for a long time. Blockchain applications are a record of organization’s details recorded as blocks whether it is bitcoins or transaction history. None of these records can be changed without changing all the consequent blocks alongside the collusion of the network. Blockchain application development can be a good way of putting your competitors aside if they haven’t worked on the trend.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Applications have started learning user’s preferences these days and are getting even smarter. Take any of the departments, cyber security, virtual personal assistant, IOT, everyone is turning their way towards machine learning and AI. It is being said that AI market is expected to experience revenue development of up to $47 billion by the year 2020.

Predictive Analysis

This trend is presently being implemented in various organizations such as Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM and also by a few other tech giants of the industry. This trend is about predicting the future results by incorporating machine learning and AI. Know the future analysis of your business by considering the present information and market outputs.

Cloud Tech

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Haven’t integrated Cloud Tech in your development procedure yet? Do it now! You can’t pass 2018 without Cloud tech. Out of all the major advantages of cloud tech, some are streamlined operations, decreasing equipment and facilitating, expanded application storage capacity and improved profitability and collaboration. If you expect to work with your application faultlessly, start using cloud tech ASAP.

Mobile Payment

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There has been an immense shift to the m-commerce with the boost in e-commerce applications and mobile banking. This has been supported more with Apple Pay and Google Wallet. This trend was also followed in 2017 and is expected to get stronger in 2018.

Android Instant Apps

Instant applications are essentially native applications which work like websites. Instant apps are exceptionally helpful that works significantly in getting more users. The need for application installation is eliminated, which in turn eliminates the barrier between applications and web. It runs easily on all Android versions and is additionally simple to share.

Lazy Loading

Many of the times clients abandon the application or website when pictures take too long to load. With lazy loading trend, this would not be acceptable. Now, pictures will be loaded just when turning on the page. Smart, isn’t that so? Bounce rate will decrease and conversion rate will increase with this rule.

AR and VR

Consider the Google and Apple events that occurred this year, both revealed integration in AR and VR. This obviously means next-generation applications, especially the gaming apps are all about VR and AR. The tech experts are expecting to produce revenue of $150 billion by the year 2020.

Edge Computation

The blast of IOT has made an inclination of intuitive computing technologies. Edge calculation is the way out for this. It essentially pushes the information, apps and computing powers away from its centralized point to the logical extremes of the network. A lot of tech giants have just begun putting resources into the hardware and software in edge computing.

Business Bots

The utilization of Chatbots is not in ample nowadays. But, mark my words, 2018 will encounter a gigantic adaption of the same.

Mobile application development trend is about to grow even more in 2018. So, app developers, buckle your boots, analyze the trends and start working on it.

 

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding?

How Mobile App Development is More Than Mere Coding

At Seasia, development of a mobile application does not just mean designing and coding, but is a much more involved process, encompassing different approaches, development, quality assurance, delivery and maintenance.

We take this extensive approach as it’s impossible to make a successful product without these aspects. A product can be technically sound, but will fail if it does not offer value to its users or is not needed in the market. Likewise, the inimitable value of the product can be clear, but the product might fail if the user experience is poor and has imperfections.

This is why we thought of sharing an overview of how we approach product development, demonstrating the considerations for a more holistic process can greatly benefit the quality of your product and its ability to succeed in the market.

1. Product Definition

Product definition focuses on determining the goals of the product, mapping business objectives, market and competitor research, and creating a mobile strategy. At Seasia, product definition is completed in an intensive 2-3 day of boarding and project kickoff process, with a clear set of goals together with:

• Identifying the business and technical challenges to be elucidated from a feature standpoint
• Identifying the KPIs and success metrics
• Creating an ordered product roadmap
• Discussing key questions or problems to success

Towards the end of this process, we provide a set of deliverables that include the user personas, journey personas, wireframes/sketches, storyboard, and a visual app pattern.

Our onboarding process works to set the quality and priority of the delivery schedule for the project; ensures that we have a solid foundation to build a successful, in demand product; and allows our squads to make the essential decisions to deliver a great product.

2. Design

Our design process focuses just on the end user. All the decisions are made by keeping in mind the user, which is why mapping out user personas during product definition is so grave. Understanding the user and their needs helps inform design that makes the experience with the app easy and pleasurable.

While designing a product, we focus on building a usable yet aesthetically pleasing mobile application that offers a smooth experience. It does not matter how good the product looks if it has a poor user experience.

From product definition itself, we are able to take insights and innovations we make and apply them visually through a process of ideation, formation, prototyping, and styling.

3. Development

Our development process combines elements of various agile philosophies that allow us to create great apps, reduce risk, minimize downtime, and maintain project velocity. The central doctrines of our development process are described below.

4. Flexible, Squad-Based Development

Flexibility is an essential aspect of agile methodology in theory, but not in practice. Flexibility is important because it lets you shift and adapt to the changing circumstances and project needs without affecting the velocity of the project. The reason why teams struggle with it is for the reason that it needs to be infused straight into the development process, which is not an easy feat.

At Seasia, the arrangement of our development team and the methods we follow are aimed to provide flexibility. For mobile application development, we use squadrons- small cross functional teams that share knowledge, plan together, complete the code reviews, and have an identified capacity that allows us to scale (up or down) within that capacity based on the project needs. There are numerous advantages to use this approach: faster development cycles, seamless knowledge transfer, reduced downtime, and an overall saving in the project risk.

We also make the most of rolling wave planning, which involves adjourning the product decisions until you are in the best place to make them. This allows the flexibility to adapt instead of having to stand by or re-plan a large document with the requirements that was conscripted earlier.

5. Sprints

Sprints are common agile development concepts that involve short development iterations. The purpose of these iterations is to accelerate the development and divide projects into smaller, attainable goals that can be achieved indefinite time frames. This allows the teams to be more productive, more accurate with the time estimations and you don’t waste resources in the event that produces a shift in the objectives of the business.

6. Story Points & Predictable Project Velocity

We plan and evaluate the capacity based on the story points. Stories are small units that define features from a user viewpoint. We allocate values to each story using a points system that measures its intricacy; the more complex the story, the more story points it would be awarded.

The capacity of the Squad is also defined in the story points. Expressively, a squad has a maximum of 25 story points per sprint. This verdict is based on our past projects that have allowed us to determine an unswerving number of story points we have been able to get through in the sprints from our former projects. This system allows us to estimate the time the project will take in the complete the work and maintain the project velocity.

7. Quality Assurance

The quality assurance serves the simple function of keeping the bugs away from the final builds. The QA team at Seasia is integrated with the development throughout the SDLC which helps in reducing delays and bottlenecks and ensures that the defects are corrected as and when discovered.

We use a combination of the testing practices and have a dedicated product team. Furthermore, we use an integrated system that gathers projects, checks for errors, and allocates the application to the product team for test analysis.

8. Delivery

Once the application is ready to be published, we also handle submission processes for the app stores.

For iOS, there is a vital yet overlooked phase that many don’t really consider in project timelines, but certainly should. If done inaccurately, the acceptance into the App Store can take up to a week, though stretched if the submission is overruled.

At Seasia, we also have a product release management system that assembles all the assets, enhances the app listing, and concludes the submission process as per the guidelines of the app store being submitted to.

Finally, looking at your mobile application project afar the scope of development is important to create a successful product. While from a design and technical perspective, the project needs to be sound, you also need a mobile strategy, a clear value, intention, an understanding of your customers, and a process for the testing and delivery. This holistic approach is what differentiates between the failure and success of the highly competing app ecosystem.

Must Consider These Resources While Developing Android Application

Must Consider These Resources While Developing Android Application

Whether it a small project or a big one, whether you’re an experienced or just a beginner with Android development, before starting we always need to recognize the resources that we have. The resources like videos, blogs, libraries and tools are always useful for any developer or team. We have so many online resources that will teach us everything we need to get started.

Android being an open source platform, can be used in many ways and there is no restriction of entry. Hence we can develop applications and place them on the marketplace without any need to meet quality assurance criteria. So here we have few of the best online Android development training resources.

Developer Android
It is the official Android development website provided by Google. It has all the documentation required to know before starting developing any android application. They have a training section as well where they guide on how to build an Android app from scratch. If anyone has interest in designs and distribution, he can find documentation for it as well and many more guides over here.

Vogella
This site has tremendous collection of free Android tutorials that covers everything from the basics to more advanced topics. Every tutorial is excellently written with good coding examples that developers can relate to their application. Vogella have resources links as well, in case anyone needs to refer or dig deeper into the topic.

My Life with Android
This is a blog that is more or less like a developer’s diary entry. Managed by Gabor Pellar where he has detailed write ups on his experiences with Android development. The data might be correct or might not be, because it is written by someone who is just showcasing what all he has learnt and found out while developing Android apps. But then yeah it is a great resource as we can always learn from other mistakes and their learning as well.

OkHttp
It is an open-source HTTP and SPDY library for Android and Java. So whenever we go nuts trying to nail down an HTTP problem this is the place we need to look for the solution. OkHttp is built on HttpUrlConnection and hence the API is so much acquainted. It is up-to-date with fixes from the Android codebase, meaning we don’t have to face any compatibility issues with previous versions of the operating system.

Android Weekly
As the name suggests, it is a weekly magazine. Just opt for this newsletter to learn about new libraries, tools, blog posts, various musings in the Android development community and more. Not interested in the newsletter, well go ahead and check the site every Monday for the latest issue.

So these were few of the best resources that we could use while developing an android application. However knowledge of Java is must to build a strong foundation in Android development and then move on with the Android development tutorials and articles.