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Hansa Sivakumar

8 mobile technology trends for 2017 and beyond

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The future is already here and hope you do not miss out on it. There is a host of mobile technology developments happening and if your business is not keeping with the pulse, then you may miss out on a host of future-ready ideas that your competitor may action before you. So here’s another take on the what the future of mobile looks like for 2017 and beyond. There are plenty of articles already providing info on the statistics and numbers in mobile trends, but in this particular article we will focus on providing few real-life examples of how these technologies may be used in the near future. We hope that these ideas will tickle your brain cells too and help your churn out better ideas of your own! Happy thinking!

1. Hybrid Mobile Apps Development

This is a trend which has been around for sometime and is not entirely new. But this is something which many small business owners have to give serious thought to if they still haven’t gone in for a mobile app. Using a hybrid technology to develop apps can save them time and money and they can still deploy their app on multiple platforms. Also, the future trend is to have small businesses develop their own apps which will save them a ton of money. There are quite a few tools and utilities out there which support even non-technical users to get their mobile app solution up and running like AppMakr, jQueryMobile, PhoneGap, Appian, DropSource, etc.

2. Location- based Technologies

Apps like Uber are already making good use of location based GPS services. There is a plethora of opportunities still waiting to be tapped in this field. iBeacon technology is a value addition to make shopping experience better for a user in a brick and mortar environment. A beacon sensing app on the customer’s mobile would listen to the signals given out by beacons in a store which would enable sending customers highly contextual, hyper-local, meaningful messages and advertisements on their smartphones depending on their exact position in the store. Beacon technology uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) which provides a digital extension to the physical world.

3. Cloud-based Apps

Cloud based apps have been around now, but what is new is the great upsurge in the use of multiple devices connected to mobiles. The focus is to integrate and sync mobile apps to these multiple devices. Therefore, the cloud approach in the near future will have to enable technologies like IoT, AI, and wearables for multiple functionalities. It also opens up myriad opportunities in healthcare, education, security, automobiles and home technologies.

4. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality

With wearables like Google Glass creating a never-before opportunity in the field of Augmented Reality, last year’s most popular (100 million+ downloads) app Pokémon Go was proof of how a well-designed AR app can make kids become more active. Also, the healthcare field is throwing up a wide area of possibilities for AR apps like apps for Medical Inspection, Ingestible Sensors, Hearables, Smart Glasses and Moodables. Moodables are devices which can read your brainwaves and send low intensity currents to it to elevate your mood. There is no doubt that they have the great possibility of becoming a man’s best friend some day in the near future!

5. Artificial Intelligence & Automation

The newly launched Amazon Go store is a fine example to show AI is paving the way for future mobile technologies. Very soon we can also find self-serving kiosks which will completely remove the human component. In addition to this Amazon, has also piloted and made its first successful drone delivery, which is expected to become commonplace soon. As Amazon is making of use of Deep learning algorithms, Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion technologies to make the ‘Just Walk Out’ technology a reality. This is just the tip of the iceberg and the number of possibilities are numerous. But there are other issues like security that are sure to crop up. As long as the automated drones are executing critical first aid and saving the lives of people, we may not have too much to worry about as of now!

6. Internet of Smart Things

With the advent of devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa (Echo) which are paving the way for Smart Home technologies, the day is not far off when all the devices of your home communicate with each other and obey your command. Already most of the new homes of the new homes in North America are being fitted with fixtures that are able to communicate with each other. The possibilities include manufacturers who develop these smart fixtures and others who develop the software needed to control these devices. 

7. Big Data & Analytics

The amount of data available on the various devices is growing day by day and the cloud makes it even more seamless. Making big data more human from 2017 is the top priority! The efforts should be focused on seeking more empathetic and qualitative bits of data and projecting it in a more visualized, accessible way to the end users. 

8. Wearable Tech

From your Nike shoe with in-built sensors to your Fitbit activity trackers to Google Glass, there is a whole gamut of wearables that have already made their foray into the Smart devices market. A lot of research is also already being done on them and the future definitely looks quite ‘gadgety’. Eventually all the eye candy will be left behind and what will stay are the only wearables which really enhance the quality of life be it in terms of inspiring people to become more active or helping people to improve their productivity. 

All these trends seem promising and we are eagerly looking forward to the new possibilities that are opening up. But on the other hand, synthetic food is also another area, which is fast gaining popularity with some American stores already stocking burgers made from ‘Soylent’. For now, would like to pass on this one!

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