One of the questions we get asked quite often at Nevada is: What kind of apps can I build using your platform? This question is really hard to answer, as it’s too broad and depends on many factors such as what you want to achieve with the app.
One thing that has been clear over the last decade though is that even if Apple or Google release a new set of tools, there seems always be an app out there pushing the limits of what is possible with them. Just take Android L for example – when it was released almost all developers used its headline Material Design feature on apps, but within months this changed significantly.
One of the things that jumps at you when you start using Google’s new mobile OS, is that it does a great job in guiding users to discover all those amazing apps out there. The Play Store now clearly highlights those which have been last year’s most relevant and trending apps.
According to Android App Development Company expert’s, In this article we want to take a look what are the actual trends on the Android platform as an example. To do so, we analyzed more than one million of popular apps to see how they make use of Material Design principles. We will go over some interesting (and perhaps not obvious) insights found by us along with our prognosis for how these could evolve within next few months. For the full analysis, please visit this page.
These days there are so many trends in mobile development that it becomes difficult to keep track on them. Here is a list of the most popular ones:
Consistent and beautiful design (Material Design and iOS Flat UI)
As we already mentioned Material Design is one of the top trends on mobile right now. It offers an easy way to develop apps that are consistent across different platforms, look attractive with rich animations but don’t overload items with too many colors or textures. We have recently published a new tutorial called Developing Android Apps with Flutter which explains how you can build cross-platform UIs using Google’s new toolkit without sacrificing either performance or usability.
IOS has also unveiled its new design language named “iOS 9 Flat UI”. This trend consists in removing all kinds of skeuomorphism from your app, moving instead towards simplicity. If you want to know more about how to adopt it, we have a tutorial for iOS and Android which takes you through the steps required, starting from designing your app’s UI up until submission.
AI is not new but since last year it has really exploded in popularity. Even if Apple did not include any AI-related APIs on its platform yet, there are plenty of tools such as Wit.ai that help developer’s take advantage of smartphone sensors and voice recognition. If you’re building an app that requires some form of AI, then check out our feature detection guide or features like Smart Lock on Android M that allow users to access their apps with ease, getting rid of all kinds of cumbersome authentication procedures that were common before this trend.
Augmented Reality (AR Kit, Arcoren)
Apple’s iOS 11 introduces its new framework named AR Kit which allows you to integrate augmented reality in your app without too much hassle. It works with iPhone 6S and better models running iOS11 and uses Visual Inertial Odometer to track objects on the camera feed. If you want to find out more about this framework check out our tutorial. We will publish a follow-up post on best practices pretty soon as well as another tutorial showing how we built an Augmented Reality chatroom using AR Kit and React Native.
Google has also released a similar tool called Arcoren that works on Android devices having compatible hardware such as Google Pixel/Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Essential PH‑1.
Conversational UX & catboats
As voice recognition APIs have improved in the past few years, they are gradually being used by developers to build apps powered by catboats. They are not new per se but their popularity has skyrocketed over the past couple of years after Facebook introduced its messenger platform. It’s pretty similar to what Slack did with bots before that. If you want to know more about catboats check out our tutorial on how to create a simple bot for Telegram or I/O 2017 held recently in Mountain View where Google presented Duplex, an AI-based system capable of conducting natural conversations without disclosing its human origin.
VR is definitely not new but it has yet again become popular this year after Google’s session at I/O 2017. It seems the company is finally getting serious about this technology and it even launched its own headset called Daydream View. If you want to create a VR app for Android, we have a tutorial for that as well.
Legacy apps & cross-platform development tools (React Native, Flutter)
As most of the organizations are still using legacy apps or just lack resources to maintain their mobile strategy with native development frameworks, many developers are working on solutions that will allow them to rewrite their apps in order to take advantage of multi-platform development tools such as React Native or Flutter. As these technologies became more mature over the past few years, they provide an excellent solution for any kind of app, from games to productivity tools.
I hope this article was helpful and you will find the above resources useful in case you want to start a new project or simply update your existing app using some of these technologies. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.