Mobile apps are an integral part of modern daily life. We use them for everything, from setting our alarms in the morning to chatting with relatives on the other side of the planet.
Given how widely they’ve been integrated into our society and culture, it’s no surprise that mobile app development companies are constantly striving to innovate and produce something new.
Advances in apps aren’t only a goldmine, but a key to changing how the average person actually lives their life. What this means for us everyday folks is that some of our favourite mobile apps are about to get a lot more advanced. The future of our favourite app stores is going to look very, very different.
The evolution of apps is picking up speed, with the coming years promising to bring exciting new innovations to the world of mobile apps. But what should we be preparing for?
Increased Lifestyle Monitoring
Apps are already very good at monitoring what we do. They can follow your location, track your steps and even calculate how much sleep you’re getting. But, compared to what is coming in the next few years, this is primitive tech.
The capabilities of lifestyle monitoring are quickly becoming much more than basic calorie counting tools or apps that tell you when you’re near a local store. Apps are evolving in a way that will not only change how we see ourselves, but could also save lives.
Future apps will be able to tell you everything about your life, breaking every aspect of your day into figures and statistics — how long you commute, how long you sit down for, who you spend the most time with, friends you rarely see, how long you are alone for.
For some it may be a scary thought, to have your life laid out in front of you in the form of data. However, knowing this type of information can be advantageous. It allows you to take stock, to see how your time is actually spent and how it could be better spent — if that is what you want.
Other innovations point more towards monitoring health and well-being. Apps are being developed that can continuously monitor human biology, life signs and the environment. These types of apps are being built with the hope of saving lives, by early detection and diagnosis of health problems, alerting people to potential issues, supporting individuals living or working in harsh conditions and even protecting those with mental health conditions.
Full Digital Immersion
It seems that, every year, the lines between the digital and real world become a little more blurred. This is a trend that looks set to continue, especially as apps evolve.
We’re all aware of augmented and virtual realities, although most of our experiences fall purely into the realms of entertainment — gaming and video content. Yet, as the technology becomes more accessible, functional and streamlined, its applications will go far beyond its current, novelty uses.
The applications of augmented and virtual realities are seemingly endless. From crafting live, 3D street-level maps for advanced navigation and creating product models to visualise within our homes, to virtual classrooms for immersive learning, future apps that utilise the new technology will transform our daily lives.
Mobile Web Apps
Mobile apps have a weakness.
Despite the fact that most users prefer them to mobile websites, there is a disconnect from our primary form of internet engagement: the web browser.
Currently, you’ll find that mobile websites and mobile apps exist separately, often with a website pointing you towards a download. The issue is, apps are very isolated in this way. They exist as lonely tabs on a mobile phone screen, and navigating between them in a fluid way isn’t easy. Nor is finding them, unless you are directly searching a particular app in an app store.
Yet things are set to change. Mobile app development companies are exploring methods of combining the mobile browsing and mobile app experience. In the future, instead of loading a mobile website, a link in Google, Bing or any other search engine could take you directly to an app-like interface.
This sort of app connectivity would make a big difference to our browsing experiences and also have a major impact on how app stores actually operate. Currently still in testing phases, this stage in the evolution of apps is likely to be something we’re all introduced to very soon.
Affordable Mobile App Development
Mobile apps offer functionality and connectivity above the traditional mobile website, which is why developers are so keen to combine the two. Yet, despite their benefits, many organisations and individuals who could stand to gain from developing a mobile app fail to do so.
Why? Because they are too expensive.
App development costs can range from tens out thousands to hundreds of thousands. The outlandish prices often verge on the ridiculous, pricing out many people from the app game. But as apps evolve, they are becoming more accessible, too.
As with all tech, evolution means that previous designs become more affordable, and apps are no exception. Affordable mobile app development is fast opening the door to many potential developers previously unable to join the market.
The result is that, in the future, many more of your favourite independent brands and local businesses will be able to secure app development, leading to better user experiences and more versatile businesses.