The Android app development industry is one among the many big industries that are rapidly transforming themselves owing to the growing dominance of Artificial Intelligence. Google’s recent announcements point to the fact that their services, and potentially various other mobile technologies, will heavily rely on AI to offer exemplary user experience.

Here are a few facts that highlight how Google is embracing the increasing influence of AI.

  • The Google Duplex, announced during Google I/O 2018, is an AI-based technology that allows one to call businesses or book appointments via a ‘smart’ virtual assistant.
  • Android Q is designed to offer impressive AI, ML, AR experiences especially in Pixel devices.

Now many companies offering enterprise application services are willing to invest in imbuing AI capabilities into their mobile apps. With Google seemingly doing the same, it’s no surprise that Android app development will also have a renewed focus on AI-fueled capabilities.

That said, let’s check out a few great AI features that next-gen Android apps will very likely possess.
 

Smart Reply

 
The feature was first seen during the Google I/O 2018 as something that has apparently made Gmail ‘smarter’. The feature utilizes a combination of both AI and ML to generate smarter responses for users during conversations or when sending mails. The Smart Reply feature can be used on social media apps, chat apps, business support forums etc.
 

Personalization with AI

 
Netflix is what it is today not just because of its massive library but also because it caters to the specific interests of each of its subscribers. The app brings videos to a user based on his/her interests and watchlist history. Netflix does this with the help of an AI-driven predictive analytics system, similar to how Amazon does it – recommend products that may be of interest to users.

Personalization significantly improves customer experience which is why every growing mobile app development company should add AI-based personalization feature in their apps.
 

Voice recognition

 
Artificial Intelligence augmented voice recognition technologies in more ways than one leading to the birth of Speech Recognition. Now apps feature powerful speech recognition technology that can accurately decode human speech into a language understood by a computer. Businesses can leverage this technology in their Android apps enabling their users to sign up for services and fill up forms with speech alone. The feature can also come in handy when the app is meant to perform various business operations as per the user’s instructions.
 

Landmark detection

 
Apps with landmark detection capabilities are capable of identifying landmarks in an image if any. The feature is powered by Artificial Intelligence, and is primarily considered for apps offering services associated with travel and tourism.
 

Face recognition

 
AI-based Face recognition is much smarter than the previous versions of face recognition technology we are familiar with. AI-based face recognition is more accurate and has been embraced by popular websites such as Lenskart.com and Ditto.com to scan visitors’ faces and display how the faces would look with a chosen eyewear on them. The face recognition feature can be useful in enterprise mobile applications for employees of an organization and government applications to bolster security.
 

Conclusion

 
Parallel to technological advancements, customer needs are also changing. Mobile users demand better services at the shortest periods of time. This is why businesses are forced to upgrade themselves to cater to their customers and entice potential customers better than they used to.

For businesses investing in Android apps, embracing and leveraging powerful technologies is a necessity. That said, it’s obvious that the influence of AI in mobile apps will be growing even more in the coming years.

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Written by: Rikhil Mohan

Yet another year passes by as the Mobile App Development industry retains its tremendous growth rate. In 2018, the tech world witnessed significant changes across various industries that influenced app development, more specifically iOS and Android app development. Mobile devices and applications evolved due to various trends and technological advancements.

Statista’s research expects the number of smartphone users in 2019 to exceed 2.5 billion next year along with a proportional increase in the number of mobile apps – both iOS and Android.

However, on a technical front, app developers and mobile technologies enthusiasts are looking forward to seeing the updates 2019 will bring to the table.

That said, here are the mobile app development trends to watch out for in 2019.
 

IoT will be prevalent

 
The Internet of Things, popularly known as IoT, turned a lot of heads in 2018, and has evolved enough to boost a number of industry verticals including healthcare, eCommerce, transportation etc. It’s expected to penetrate the retail and real estate industries soon, and be the catalyst for the development of ‘smart cities’. The technology is expected to solve traffic issues and vehicle parking problems.

IoT app development is trending now though we don’t see many IoT apps gaining traction at the moment. Owing to the technology’s massive potential, it’s safe to assume that IoT will be involved more in revamping businesses across the globe next year. The technology will become common in various regions.
 

Intelligent chatbots

 
Many on-demand apps today feature chatbots with unique features and functionalities. The advancements in Artificial Intelligence helped make chatbots smarter.

Statista forecasted that the global chatbot market will increase to 1250 million by 2025. Chatbots is expected to bring forth many success stories for businesses in the form of virtual sales assistants and customer support. Customer relationship management will be further escalated by chatbots in 2019, essentially making chatbot development a big deal next year.
 

Application Performance Management (APM) will be the norm

 
APM originally was defined as the mobile metrics integrated into Google a few years back. It was meant to avoid issues that degenerated app performance. With proper APM, app performance and quality can be significantly boosted. As a matter of fact, many QA specialists use APM during the app testing process to ensure quality. In 2019, APM will have more relevance and will be more prevalent among testers and developers.

EMM or Enterprise Mobile Management is also expected to gain momentum next year improving app development technologies as well as the skill of the people behind the development. Both APM and EMM will play key roles in streamlining mobile computing, covering various aspects including app maintenance, security, finance management, and user experience.
 

Enhanced beacons

 
The Beacon technology isn’t anything new, and is primarily used to attract customers who are in close proximity of the physical store of a business. In 2019, we will be seeing an enhanced beacon technology tailored to serve various purposes. It can be of great use in airports and for mobile payments. Users will be able to access information seamlessly while businesses can get closer to their customers and prospects more efficiently.
 

Robust app security

 
A common trend followed every year, app security will have even more significance next year as new kinds of cyber-threats emerge. Corporate giants like Google and Apple are relentlessly trying to augment app security to offer uncompromising features that’d safeguard confidential user and business data. As such, we can expect better app security protocols to emerge in 2019.
 

Conclusion

 
Developers as well as testers will need to enhance their skill sets and expertise in various technologies and leverage buzzing trends to stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive app market. There will also be a shift in the expectations of the average app user demanding more responsive, secure, and fast mobile app experience. Evidently, every enterprise mobile app development company has their work cut out for them in 2019. Staying up-to-date on changing trends is the key to a great start in 2019 for app development companies.

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Written by: Rikhil Mohan

Features are what makes a mobile app stand out, and these features instigate the traffic to a web application regardless of the application platform. Speaking of platform and mobile technologies, Android still leads with over 85% global market share, and Android apps are known for introducing unique features in apps. Android’s wide acclaim and demand made it indispensable for mobile application development companies to give more importance to integrating unique features in apps.

With the development centered on building an app with all the right features, the developers shouldn’t neglect up-to-date mobile app development trends. These trends keep changing offering new dimensions for developers to explore and interesting features for the users to experience. However, it should be noted that the features should be added in accordance with the business requirements.

Investing a lot of time, effort, and budget in unnecessary features that actually don’t offer much value to end-users is not a wise idea. They should include only those features that matter, and are vital for the app to serve its purpose.

In this blog, we will explore a few such important features that Android app developers should focus on.
 

User-friendly interface

 
For the app to stand out, it should be easy for end-users to understand and use. Many apps will have complex processes driving its functionalities. But all those complexity shouldn’t be exposed in its interface. The interface should be easy to figure out. The navigation should be simple as well. All features of the app should be easily accessible.

This is important because users form the first impression of a mobile app within the first couple of minutes of using the app. So enhanced user experience right from the get-go is important for the app to succeed.
 

Simple login and registration

 
Let’s be honest. No one likes to fill out a long form with lots of fields to register and avail a service. Most apps, particularly the on-demand ones, require users to create and register a personal profile so that they can collect important data.

If the form is just too long demanding the customers to spend some time typing in all the details, it’d just annoy them and give them second thoughts. It’s important to keep the login and registration process simple for the users.
 

Give room for feedback

 
User feedback, one of the most crucial elements of a mobile application, is a double-edged sword. It is a key factor that influences the fate of the app. The app developers should take measures to encourage users to send feedback on the app. If the feedback is poor, it may deter potential users from checking out the app. However, feedbacks also give developers insights to improve the app. Feedback is important for app performance analysis.
 

Impressive loading speed

 
One major reason why many apps fail to succeed in the market is because of their slow loading speed. The market is highly competitive, and will most likely have faster alternatives to slow apps. Users prefer apps that respond quickly. Developers should take special care to ensure that the app’s performance aspect is impressive with fast loading speeds and processing power.
 

Conclusion

 
Android leading on a global scale also indicates that android apps will have fierce competition. To stand out from the rest, an app should have features that its target audience would want and can easily figure out. This is why research goes into understanding the audience and the hottest mobile technologies. This way developers can determine what features can raise the value of their app while impressing end-users. To conclude, an app without simplified features is highly likely to run out of gas in the market rather quickly.

Written by: Rikhil Mohan