5 Top Trends for Mobile Applications

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 by Forte Group in Mobile Development

Mobile AppsThe giant boom of mobile applications has taken the world of smart phone users by storm. The phenomenon is, arguably, the fastest growing in the wireless communications marketplace. With the popularity growing in every industry, it is becoming increasingly more relevant for companies to remain updated and ahead on the trends. Over the course of the last three years nearly 275 new apps have emerged daily; fighting for the public's attention. The never-ending question is how to stay ahead in the changing app market.

 

    The market is always changing direction in terms of demand and new discoveries, but there are some promising directions that are sharing a large part of the profit when looking forward with the market. Let’s take a look at the 5 of the top mobile apps trends which will carve out the most profitable mobile market niches.

     

    • Monitored Data

    All good things must come to and end. For those who have enjoyed the luxury of unlimited data, this will soon be a thing of the past. In the foreseeable future you and I will pay for what we use, just as we pay for household energy. While this may scare some users of mobile devices, it will create massive competition between carriers, content owners and service providers, and provide excellent opportunities for the value shopper.

     

    • Object Recognition (OR)

    High-end mobile devices have an increased sensor and processing capability that enable sophisticated applications to recognize the user's surroundings, including specific objects of interest. With mobile social networking holding the fastest-growing consumer mobile app spot, this app has gained further use in terms of recognizing people in a room based on a simple snap shot. OR has advanced as far as recognizing anything from restaurant information to the information of a social network connection in the room. Because OR provides an easy-to-use interface, more apps will come to the market with enhanced capabilities by 2012. Users will rely on the camera, as well as other device sensors as a communication tool when OR capabilities are combined with more-traditional app functions, giving users advanced search capabilities and a more entertainment and productivity functionality than users will know what to do with.

     

    • Mobile App Stores  

    The profit train has taken off and wireless companies have figured out the trick to increasing revenue. If a wireless provider has their own personal device that they sell, then that device is going to have their own mobile marketplace. Increased profit, and increased traffic. Don't expect that train to derail anytime soon.

     

    • Mobile Business Apps 

    Consumer app stores have taken the market by storm and are only increasing in size, but just as everything else turns towards commerce, so shall the mobile app. Considering the high end dollar figure that apps makers are able to charge in comparison to a consumer app, and it is no wonder that this is the growing focus in the mobile apps world.

     

    • The Next iOS

    Apple's iOS operating system is built to work specifically on all Apple iDevices. The newly released Google Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system promises the same multidevice functionality. This is the wave of the future, and tech companies who do not release a single operating system that functions on all devices across all forms are going to be drinking from the bottom of the technological capital gains pot to find solutions.

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