It’s true there is an abundance of mobile apps in various categories and one can’t help but think that the market is overly saturated. This isn’t the case according to Forrester Research, a research-based advisory firm. In a study the firm conducted, the results indicate that mobile app development is increasing at a staggering rate.
The same trend was observed by another analyst agency, Gartner. The organization came out with the statement that the rising availability of inexpensive smartphones in the developing countries is the driving force behind the need to build more and more apps.
Another prediction from the same company is that by 2016, around 50% of the apps available will by hybrid apps. Said apps are multi-platform or can be used with multiple devices across operating systems.
The merging of mobile apps with cloud computing has given way to smart apps. These apps change the way users use their brain for remembering or learning things. This means instead of storing information in our heads, we now store them using apps. Shopper, is a free grocery app for iOS and Android. Just recently, the creators announced a new feature: image recognition capability. This makes it the first visual search app for grocery shopping.
The new feature works by allowing users to take photos of grocery items around their house and then proceeds to build a grocery list out of those photos. How cool is that?
Travel apps are getting a lot of attention these days. Navigating a new place can be daunting for some. This is especially true for some solo travelers who don’t know anyone in the place being visited. Well actually, it’s not really that hard when your destination is Paris and you’ve got the SmarterParis app installed. Getting around Paris has never been this easy, fun and hassle free for both Parisians and tourists. Just take a look at the list of features on the website to find out for yourself or better yet test it.
Health monitoring apps have also become popular these days. There are thousands of those in both the Android and Apple app stores that it has been predicted that soon some of these apps will require a prescription.
The BlueStar app from WellDoc is the first of its kind prescription-only app made for people suffering from Type II diabetes. What the app does is analyse and immediately give guidance and feedback using patient’s data that he or she inputs into the app. The doctor can also use a patient’s stored data, analysis, and health report when they come visit.
Wearable tech is a tech trend that will have a huge impact on app development. It refers to the range of clothing and accessories that have computer and electronic components. Examples of wearable tech are GoogleGlass, Samsung Smartwatch, the soon to be released Apple Watch, Nike Fitbit, Virtual Reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift and the recently announced HoloLens and the list goes on. Tech analysts predict that soon even small players will join the tech giants in coming up with wearable devices.