Over the past decade, the concept of mobile app development has taken off in a big way. It is no surprise that the technology has become a lucrative business across the globe. So, what does the future of mobile app development hold? Down below listed are the rising trends that will probably bear their weight in future of mobile app development.

Cross-Platform & Cross-Device Development

Now when it comes to choosing the right platform we almost end up to the default ones, i.e. iOS & Android and to much a lesser extent, Windows mobile. iOS maintains its own grip with no signs of letting go of their premium position. While on the other hand, Android seeks to dominate the world by offering devices at low price points. Window although growing, isn’t growing enough. Hence, creating apps that work easily on multiple platforms and devices is an only option. Perhaps, in mobile app development, “one size fits all approach never works”

App Development For The IoT

The future of app development won’t be simply revolving around mobile phones or tablets. Day by day we are heading towards the era of cloud computing powering Smart-Everything and one in which our smart devices do not simply live in isolation. IoT products such as the self-driving car by Google, the ring that controls everything, the fridge that could read your tweets, wearables has become an exciting area to keep an eye on.

Tools For Developers

The trend is like developers building tools for developers to build yet more tools. Sounds more like a Greek version of the movie Inception, isn’t it? No matter how absurd and dreamy as that might sound to some, it could very well be true. The future will see developers building specialised tools for developers. Another future trend in the evolution of smarter mobile deep linking tools. This technology will transform the user experience by better connecting different devices and/or platforms, and enable us to discover new apps via relevant content on the web.

Forces That Will Drive Mobile App Development Prices Down

It is revealed that due to various economic factors, mobile application prices will continue to drop by 80% in 2018. This drop can be analyzed by mobile market and business development data arrived from well-known development companies across the globe.

SDKs Are Trending In App Development

I am sure you must have come across several articles written on the topic in TechCrunch or VentureBeat. Same patterns are seen in practice these days. For example, the WebSummit/Collision app makes use of the Layer SDK for messaging between conference participants. Plugging in, customising, and making the UI an integral part of the conference app. Although, such creation usually would’ve taken months to develop, but it was created within a couple of few days. Perhaps, it makes a perfect sense that using SDK in apps can enhance their lives for a longer run. Analytics (Google, Flurry SDKs), push notifications (Parse, Urban airship), customer communication (Intercom), and deeplinking (Branch.io) are just to name a few.

High-Quality Global Competit

I personally suggest that if you are looking for a mobile app development company then choose an offshore development company in Europe or Asia. After all, their UX/UI, business problem solving, and project management skills are at the same level. The reason is that the agency ecosystem in the US is not the sexiest. In fact, the agency business is stressful with no immediate gratification. I guess the lack of motivation is one of the biggest reasons why employees do not stay for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, development agencies in the US have a hard time employing even below-average developers.

Frameworks For Web Developers

React Native and NativeScript has been picked up a lot of times. And one of the big reasons why these technologies remain unsuccessful these days is that they use native UI libraries to render UIs that have native performances and that look and feel native. Which eventually opens up several possibilities for a developer to be familiar with JavaScript and CSS.

The Manual Costs Of Long-Term App Maintenance Is Automated

There is no doubt in the fact that enormous effort and huge budgets are required to maintain compatibility with the fast-moving ecosystem. Things like SDK updates, UI design updates and App store, Google play binary submissions require large amounts of effort and valuable resources to be executed. As a result, developers tend to invest their knowledge as well as efforts into where it matters the most: innovation.

Wrapping It Up

Based on all the above-mentioned factors, the overall cost of a typical app development project automatically gets decreased by half in short span. It is estimated that in the next couple of years, prices of mobile app development will drop, i.e. between $15,000 and $20,000 for basic ones and between $100,000 and $200,000 for more complex apps with longer production cycles.