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Mobile App Development Tools and Trends for 2016

In last few years we have witnessed a revolution in the world of mobile application development for building robust and user friendly apps that enable easy accessibility of products and services.  From online shopping to ordering favorite cuisine, from booking a flight to sharing instant videos, mobile apps play an important role in our daily routine.

Experts predicts that the smartphone users is likely to go beyond 2.15 billion in 2016.

This brings a whole new field of ideas to try and avenues to pursue in order to reach customers, create dialogues and forge relationships with them in a way that makes your app irresistible. So what will 2016 look like for mobile app development? Let’s take a look!

Wearable Device and Internet of Things
2016 will see a surge in applications created for wearable technology. With technology driving the change, customization of mobile applications to integrate with a personalized network of other gadgets, also known as Internet of Things (IOT), is the next big thing.

2016 will be about combining real-time data derived from these integrated devices in order to monitor and extrapolate trends and make predictions. We at Mantra Labs are already designing solutions like Stay Close that provides a complete mobile integration platform with healthcare care sensors that can be worn on bodies to detect daily healthy anomalies and help families stay connected.

“Smarter” is the term that is making smartphones to transform into a center of personalized network that constitutes a variety of wearable gadgets and it includes smart watches, smart displays such as smart jewellery and healthcare sensors that can be worn out on the bodies to detect any kind of sense like “Stay Close” by Mantra Labs. Besides all this technology, in the coming future apparel and footwear will be introduced with various kinds of sensors that will enable to thrive in all the spheres of our daily routine.

Integration with Cloud Technologies
As wearable tech and smart devices will grow, the requirement to sync all devices and apps will become undeniable. Cloud technology will allow designers and developers to shrink the size of their mobile apps and address the key issues of memory and bandwidth.

Platforms like Andriod, PC, iOS, will become more cross-functional. According to Centaur Partners, the cloud-based app market will reach $32.8 billion in 2016, a 19.5 percent compound annual growth.

User Experience Through App Analytics and Big Data
With several thousand app and products being launched every day, consumers are faced with several options to choose from. In order to influence consumer decisions to use the product, businesses today need to provide a holistic brand experience. From initial contact to repeat business, it is important to consider the customer experiences at every single step.

Creating more customer-focused application will be the norm in 2016. Data analytics will play a crucial role in helping business understand the customer experience with the product and improve the user experience. Analytics will be a handy tools for designers and developers in 2016 that will enable them make data driven decisions on their projects.

Swift Programming
Recently, many companies, like Yahoo, Vine, LinkedIn etc., are using Swift programming. While there are several popular programming languages for mobile application development, Swift is  becoming increasingly popular because it is more resilient to erroneous code and also more concise.

Cross-platform Tools
The development of mobile apps using cross-platform tools will increase in 2016. Enterprises have to use a wide range of platforms to keeps their apps working properly. This trend is also supported by the huge amount of mobile devices featuring high level functionalities and perks. Sencha and Corona are some cross-platform tools mobile developers use to do this job properly. Since cross-platform mobile apps will cut down maintenance costs, app developers will be  happy.

Hybrid HTML 5
Hybrid HTML 5 will gain momentum over time. The usage of hybrid HTML 5 will increase due to two factors: time-to-market and favorable economics. In addition, hybrid HTML 5 allows for an improved user experience. Since most enterprise departments will need mobile apps in 2016, there will be tons of pent-up demand.

React Native
React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps. With React Native, you can use the standard platform components such as UITabBar on iOS and Drawer on Android. This gives your app a consistent look and feel with the rest of the platform ecosystem, and keeps the quality bar high. These components are easily incorporated into your app using their React component counterparts, such as TabBarIOS and DrawerLayoutAndroid.

As 2016 approaches, one thing is clear. Mobile apps are here to stay. Make sure your business has what it takes to compete in the rapidly growing mobile environment with help from Mantra Labs. Our team of expert app developers can create a custom app that works to better your business and boost your brand.

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