Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

9 android app development trends in 2018

Smartphones have become an important part of our professional and personal lives. And android phones dominate the market so far. As we all know, android development trends change day by day according to tech innovations and the different types of users.

So, Apiumhub team decided to share with you our list of top android development trends of the year.

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9 android app development trends in 2018

Android app development landscape in 2018 promises to see the continuing emergence of new, cutting-edge techniques.

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1). AR & VR will create some magic

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality apps are nothing new nowadays,however their growing popularity keeps hitting the records. For example, according to valuecoders, in 2017, AR & VR  have been revolutionary in gaming and entertainment industry: Pokemon Go, iOnRoad, Sky Siege and myNav are bright examples of AR games. VR devices like Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift are gaining popularity.

According to Fortune, experts predict that AR and VR will generate $150 billion in revenue by 2020, creating a huge new market for developers and enterprises to explore.

And according to ISSUU, standalone artificial reality app downloads will reach 1,389 million by 2022. However, reports also state that Virtual Reality has gained a lesser growth as compared to AR Apps. But in 2018, both AR & VR will contribute significantly in android app development trends.

2). Artificial intelligence is a reality

Gartner found, there will be a more than 300% increase in investment on artificial intelligence next year compared to 2017. And the AI market will experience a revenue growth of more than $47 billion in 2020. Through the use of advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces into complex systems, and machine learning techs, AI will provide business users access to powerful insights never before available to them. Customised, conversational commerce and chatting with online shoppers are highly lucrative for any business.

Apps are increasingly learning about their user’s preferences. And we are expecting much more in 2018 keeping the AI android application development trend growing.

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3). Cloud driven android apps

Everyone has heard about the cloud technology and how it’s impacting our collective lives. Now, we see powerful android apps which directly fetch data from cloud and take minimum space in your smartphone internal memory.   

4). Focus on cybersecurity

According to Gartner, 75% of mobile apps would not pass even basic security tests.

Developers are taking more initiative to secure the app’s code from the ground up. And there is also an increased awareness towards better use of authorizations and encryption.

What we can see now is that cyber security will dominate all aspects of the technological advancements, especially in mobile app development field. Unfortunately, most mobile apps focus on UX and completely skip the security part. For example, apps that ask for access to data unrelated to use, such as fitness tracker app asking for access to your calendar data,

make it easier for malicious attackers to access user’s device and steal private and sensitive data. Of course this issue should be solved ASAP and here you may find more info about it.

5). Wearable devices are not dead

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the market for wearable devices are going to experience a composite annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3%, leading to 213.6 million units shipped in 2020. Wearables payment facility will take a different shape in 2018. Beyond  predictive analytics and data collection, wearable will also play a major role in the future of m-commerce and customer loyalty.

6). M-Commerce and mobile payment

These days, instead of using credit or debit cards, considerable number of users prefer to make purchases through Google wallet. This is giving a push to m-commerce.

7). IOT will be much bigger

Analysts predict that IoT will grow to 661.74$ billion by 2021.

According to International Data Corporation , the wearable devices category will see a composite annual growth rate of 20.3%, with 213.6 million units being shipped in 2020.

Wearables and IoT devices for both consumers and businesses will need apps to manage, collect, analyze and present the data in readable form, and this particular app category will see a boom in 2018. The well-known idea of a smart home, smart cities, industrial IoT, automotive industry, smart health, and smart retail is growing, so keep an eye on it!

8). Blockchain

Blockchain is probably one of the most discussed topics this year. This trend can possibly redefine mobile payments and many other areas of business. This trend is worth watching it in 2018.

9). Kotlin

Kotlin hits the records. Last year, Google has officially declared Kotlin as a first class language for Android. Its adaption rate is increasing at a very high speed. And this year it is expected to be used by the huge number of developers.

These are the key android trends in 2018, if you know other ones that deserve to be mentioned here, feel free to share them in the comments section below!

About the Author

Ekaterina Novoseltseva is a CMO at Apiumhub – software development hub, which is specialized software development and software architecture. 


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