This is how Mobile App Development Process will Change in 2017
As 2016 draws to a close, those of us in the mobile app development field are looking at 2017 and the near future with anticipation; thinking of what technology will emerge. Some technology is already here, but still needs development, while other technology can seem more of an abstract hypothesis.
To wade through the noise and become proactive about your mobile application development strategy for 2017, here are 6 near-future technologies to become aware of and prepare for.
1. Foldable screens
Multiple companies have been developing foldable screens to place in their mobile devices. Samsung is even eyeing the release of their first product in 2017. With the realization of foldable mobile devices fast approaching, Mobile app developers would benefit from reviewing what this would mean for their apps.Foldable screens will bring interesting opportunities for additional interactive programming. An app developer could utilize the folding mechanism as a trigger or tool within the app itself. For example, Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University has developed a flexible phone, dubbed the PaperPhone.
Vertegaal has already begun to take advantage of the foldable aspects of the device, including triggering programs by the form of the folded device and flipping the corner to change pages. The possibilities only begin with these developer-produced ideas.
2. Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented reality has been around for several years, but came to mobile app consumer popularity with the release of Pokemon Go. Since the release of this mobile game, interest in augmented reality apps as been a consistent topic of discussion for mobile app developers.
As AR technology improves, many opportunities exist within the tech for mobile app developers to capitalize upon. From a monetary perspective by allowing geo-dependent ads to features reactive to reality, developers will be wise to review how their projects could benefit from this technology.
3. Built-in Projector
This technology will most assuredly be a popular feature once common. A quick Google search will bring a plethora of articles and discussions focused on how to make your mobile device into a projector. If this technology would become standard, much could be done by mobile app developers to take full advantage of a tech-hungry crowd.
From simple features such as making your business app projector-ready for presentations to utilizing the projection for benefits in reality, such as following a GPS navigated hiking path projected before you, a built-in projector would hold many options for the mobile app developer.
4. Voice Control
We have Siri, Alexa, and Google. All have their perks and definite shortcomings. But when voice control becomes fluent and effective in even the most challenging of environments, the feature will provide many apps with a fantastic improvement in usability. Business apps can become effective assistant by notating without error; games will be able to more effectively incorporate your voice into the game’s features. Mobile app developers would benefit by taking full advantage of the app user’s speech, as speaking will not require them to focus directly on the device, thus providing the user with a sense of additional freedom.
5. Electrovibration Technology
Electrovibration is a technology which uses electrodes to simulate tactile sensations. One of the leading research companies focusing on electrovibration is Disney. Labeled Tesla Touch, Disney is hoping their product will be able to enrich a mobile user’s experience so that they feel more connected to whatever they may be doing.
This technology will be a remarkable tool for multiple mobile app projects; most notably online storefronts and games. Stores will now have the ability to allow their potential customers to touch and feel the material of the product, thus reducing the customer’s concern about getting an unwanted item. Games will be able to add an entirely new factor to the gaming experience. Fully reactive experiences will immerse the user in the world created by the mobile app developer.
6. Virtual Reality (VR)
This market is trying very hard to grow right now. With the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and even consoles such as the PlayStation 4 VR on the market, there is a steady stream of VR compatible apps being developed.Games are currently at the forefront of the VR program, and for good reason. The technology lends itself well to games as opposed to in the business realm. That being said, limitations should not be placed upon mobile app developers who may be able to find additional uses for the quickly developing VR technology.
So, which near-future technology can impact mobile app development in 2017 according to you? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.