With 2017 just around the corner, mobile app development will continue to escalate with new, innovative technology, techniques, and tools.

New developments will start taking shape in both mobile apps and consumer demands.  Here are some really hot trends collected by Binariks.com that will have an impact on mobile app development as we enter into the new year.

Altered Reality:

TV ads are already laying on the hype for the Daydream View headset and doing so just before the holidays.  In September, Google pulled its Google VR SDK out of beta.  Google said that the updated SDK will simplify common VR development projects so developers can concentrate on creating immersive, interactive mobile VR applications. Daydream-ready phones and headsets  “support integrated asynchronous reprojection, high fidelity spatialized audio, and interactions using the Daydream controller."

As always, Apple has been silent on the subject sticking to their protocol by not making any announcements until their unveiling date.  An article in July did announce that Tim Cook finally confirmed that Apple has “augmented reality plans.”  Another article discussed information about Apple's secret VR project with rumors circling around VR headsets, augmented reality smart glasses, and reality Maps information.

ArcTouch believes that VR and AR will finally be separated.  Technology has continually put VR and AR in the same bag when, in reality, they are completely different.  It is predicted that in 2017,  they will be more mainstream.

AI will have an impact on building techniques for mobile apps while boosting their capabilities.  There are those in the industry who are stirring up dust about AI bots taking over, replacing developers.  That's just not the case, especially in 2017.

Although it seems like science fiction, it's not too far in the future when the use of AI will improve development with smarter tools that will understand a developer's style and allow the development of a higher-quality coding.  There have already been signs such as Microsoft's Intellisense brought into Visual Studio and other IDEs to improve the overall developer experience.  HPE is already working on technology that will leverage AI and machine learning to allow systems to predict actions for those in the application development and testing lifecycle.

Companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM are already taking the lead in bot programming.  Cloud development leader Amazon Web Services has just recently announced Amazon Lex integration to help coders create chatbot-like conversational interfaces into their apps in an effort to draw in mobile developers to their Mobile Hub.

Outsystems predicted AI will offer more context-aware intelligent apps in the coming year.  The difference, regarding smart apps from those of the past, is having separate sensors and content delivery which will include “thinking” components.  Machine learning and artificial intelligence will process the context, the location of the person or sensor, and then make recommendations.  As an example, Netflix will suggest something tailored to the person logged in and not to the entire household.  This technology is behind smartphone health apps that are able to recommend the correct foods for diabetics along with specific exercises to balance their sugar levels.

Intelligent apps will not be limited to new digital assistants, every existing software category from security to applications such as marketing will be infused with AI capabilities.  Technology providers will concentrate on three areas: advanced analytics, AI-powered and increased autonomous business process, and AI-powered immersive, continuous and conversational interfaces.

Published by Justin Jersey