Top Emerging Mobile App Development Trends
It is a dynamic world and the world of mobile app development is particularly evolving at a really fast pace! This is primarily because the needs of the users are changing all the time and new technologies are always on the brink. Hence, you as a mobile app developer must always be on the lookout for new trends that are emerging.
Progressive Web Apps
Progressive web apps are a great solution for those who are looking for the capabilities of a web app while experiencing the look and feel of a native app. The PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) are essentially revolutionizing the conventional structure of mobile app development.
While users would be able to open the PWA in their web browser much like a web app, but the developers can take advantage of a number of native features like a faster load time, push notifications. There are many reasons why this trend seems like it is here to stay and is not just another flash fad.
- PWAs are easier to develop because they do not require any specialized skill sets, nor do they a separate code to be developed for different OSes
- PWAs are known for their low data consumption
- PWAs do not need to be updated periodically
- PWAs have the ability to work in the offline mode (especially great for areas with low or no connectivity)
- PWAs are a lot cheaper to develop
This only a scratch on the surface of all that PWA can do! The only point that sours the whole experience is that PWAs are not yet supported by Safari, the Apple browser, though there are indications that it might change soon! Until that happens, Android developers have the advantage of exclusivity in driving innovation forward.
This is yet another trend exclusive to the Android app development field and has been making big waves in the world of ecommerce specifically.
This comes in the form of a “Try It Now” button on the Google Play Store which lets you have a taste of the app without having to download the whole thing.
Instant app works by loading only a particular portion of the app that is imperative for implementing a certain action. This portion of the app or any other data related to it, is stored on the device by t he instant app, only temporarily.
The developers build an instant app by breaking the native code down to smaller modules. This process, referred to as modularization and decreases app dependencies!
The challenge of only being supported by the Android OS is common to PWAs and instant apps. Also, the instant app needs to be in a URL addressable module and must be sized under 4MB. This can be a bit of a challenge for the organizations majorly because the instant apps depend primarily on Google searches to draw in the users.
Apps Would Go Modular
Mobile app developers today should consider modularization and not just because of instant apps. Modularization of an app essentially means breaking the app into smaller manageable components. This means that the code ownership within the whole team is a defined in a more transparent and organized manner. Not only does this save the company a lot of time, but also helps you track and take care of any bug that might have come up in the app.
This can be a particular advantage in case you need to scale, because modularization puts forth a greatly organized strategy at the disposal of any development team.
Swift – the programming language from Apple for iOS app development encourages the trend of modularization as it inherently provides well-defined access controls that make certain portions accessible to particularly designated developers.
In Apple’s WWDC 2018, it was indicated that soon the developers would be able to port iOS apps to macOS. It effectively means that developers would be able to share codes between different destinations with great ease!