Android is the true king of the smartphone realm. It runs in close to 86 of all smart devices sold in 1st quarter 2018, according to statistics of Statista.com.
The Google’s touchscreen OS, Android will turn 10 in next few months. Doubtlessly, in the period of last 10 years, there has been no other match for Android. We have been seeing a steady growth and acceptance of the OS. It may feel like an exaggeration but the actual credit of making smart mobility successful just goes to Android.
Android is the OS everyone. Android-powered devices aren’t restricted to big budgets or fancy brands. In many Asian countries, you can buy a low-end Android device for as low as 80 dollars.
Businesses around the world are extremely inspired by the widespread of the Android OS. There are hundreds of success stories of businesses that received global recognition, mass coverage, and opportunities only because of begin on Android platform. The way to enter the Android world goes through Android app development, a software development process to create applications or apps for Android OS.
Android App Development Trends in 2018
But, today’s Android isn’t what it was 5 years back. Android, after 14 versions and the new one to come in next few months, has come a long way and so have the Android application development. Let’s us explore the top Android app development trends in 2018 and beyond. These trends will help those who are planning to hire developers for their Android app idea. You can learn what is going on the in the market of Android app development these days so that your end product will live up the expectation of your audience. Here we go—
1. Machine Learning & AI in Android Mobile Apps
AL and ML are two buzzwords in the tech world. Developers are thinking about ways to integrate AI and ML to mobility that can easily deal with complex processes and automate several tasks.
Infusing AI/ ML with an Android app allows developers to make their end-product smarter than their competitors. Android apps can use chatbots which can understand human behaviors, learn from them and come up with better interactions.
2. Android Instant Apps
Google launched Instant Apps in October 2017 and recently in March, redesigned its Google Play Games app that lets users easily play Android Instant app. Instant apps are an advanced way of Google to deliver Android apps to users. Now users do not need to download an app to try it and then uninstall it if they don’t like it. The Instant App feature allows users to instantly start using an app without downloading it on their devices. If they like App, they can download a full version. This helps users save their time and data.
So if you are launching an Android app, make sure you consider with the possibility of adding Instant App feature to your Android app.
Augmented reality and virtual reality
People have just started to explore end-user level AR and VR apps because they are now available easily on their devices. Previously, they were limited to PCs only. Now it’s easier for developers to target their AR/VR app ideas to Android devices. In fact, many apps can be purely based on AR/VR techs. Google Measure is an example of how AR/VR technologies can be used to make things simpler.
Google Measure is an AR app, offered as a substitute for a physical tap measure. The app works with any smartphone supporting ARCore (running Android 7.0 and up).
Google also has a VR app known as Google Cardboard. The app can also be used to set up your Cardboard experience. The app allows users to view videos, photospheres and other content in VR format through your own device and a VR headset. Also, it can be used to see Google Earth to fly around or to take a trip to Versailles.
These two examples show that Google is already pushing hard, providing technologies, and setting examples to make AR and VR common. It’s now Android developers’ turn to use these technologies and come up with practically useful Android.
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4. Cloud-based apps
Android is an open-source Linux based mobile OS. The Linux kernel of the Android architecture manages the task like power management, memory management, security settings etc. The application framework level is comprised of blocks to directly communicate with the basic device functions. When Android apps are created with the cloud technology, even complex apps function smoothly as they reap the benefits of cloud technologies like faster time to market, affordability, and agility.
The cloud environment is managed by services providers. It means that developers can completely focus on creating innovative, robust, and user-friendly apps.
Key benefits of using the cloud to implement an Android app includes quick access, high-level security, quick addition of new functionalities, flexibility, an economical option etc.
Businesses must consider implementing cloud technology to get these benefits into their Android app.
5. Internet of Things
The concept of IoT, connected and remotely controllable things, is prevailing around the tech world. However, the IoT exists for so long but before smartphones, there was no easy way to establish that the concept is handier and practically useful for end- customers.
Smartphones are themselves a full-fledged PC. They have even powered mini satellite sent into space. They are as powerful as a large size PC. But they are portable and can be carried in our pocket. They are the best devices IoT technology developers have been waiting for.
Garner says that the world will have more than 20.4 billion connected things by the year 2020. What Google has already contributed to pushing the trend further is its broadest mobile-user coverage through its mobile platform, Android. Google’s Android, as mentioned above, is running in 85.9 percent of all smart devices used over the world.
Google has created a big market for IoT-enabled device manufacturers and app developers to come with low-end IoT solutions for various requirements. There is an increasing adoption rate of these low-end IoT solutions in several industry segments such as home automation, healthcare, agriculture, supply chain, etc.
Voice command/voice search feature
Smartphones have freed us from chunky devices like laptops. Our smartphones can do whatever A PC does. But they still lack at a convenient portion. It’s utterly boring to input information on a virtual keyboard. People just don’t like, but there is no other way to provide a physical keyword, especially when the largest focus of consumers is on the screen real estate.
But Google has solved it for its devices and Android apps. Google’s all apps are already voice-search enabled. The company has provided Voice Action that allows users to quickly complete tasks in an app just by using the voice command. Google Voice Action gives single API to support Android-powered phones, tablets, and the Wear watches.
This helps businesses and developers to make an Android app more convenient for users.
Focus on cybersecurity
With the growing size of the app world, more and more businesses and services provider are turning to smartphones platforms like Android. But the trend is also lurking hackers and attackers who with the intent of stealing private data and breaching personal information can compromise an Android app. Although the current Android ecosystem is secured enough to keep malicious apps away from users, Android developers too need to provide the best possible security to their app.
Also, Google has already completely changed the approach to provide permissions to apps. Now apps aren’t given all the permissions at once when a user downloads them. Permissions are given when an app actually needs it with the full consent of users.
Instant chat for shopping apps
If you are planning to develop a shopping app, adding the instant chat feature for customer support can lead you to have better conversions. Many times, customers find it difficult to search for a product they really want to buy. They come across more than one product options which leave them confused. Here, an instant chat app can help customers easily find products so that the instance of returning can be avoided. The instant chat feature will help customers quickly consult with an expert before making a purchase.
The chat feature can also be integrated to an app for both pre-sales and post-sales support. We will see more apps; especially those are in e-commerce segment, adding chat for shoppers.
Although the wearable technology hasn’t been quite successful, it is still the prime focus of the healthcare industry which is looking to exploit the fullest advantages of wearable techs for various general purpose health and fitness tracking requirements.
Like an Android phone, wearable devices too need apps. These apps collect, manage, analyze and present data in a readable form. We will see that concepts of smart home, smart cities, industrial IoT, retailing, and connected automobile will also infuse wearable technology into their applications.
Kotlin has already got a pace. Developers have started to adopt it for both existing and new Android app development projects. As per Google, it’s now Android’s official coding language; however, the company hasn’t put any compulsion on developers to use it. Developers can use both languages together as they both work on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine).
Developers are already using it but this year and years ahead, we will see that an increasing number of Android app developers using Kotlin as the official Android app programming language.
Do consider these trends while going to hire an Android app developer for your business. Understanding and going by them will help you come up with the most relevant Android app.