“If you want people to think out of the box, you shouldn’t create the box in the first place,”
– Martin Cooper’s
often quoted phrase regarding the first, portable, hand-held, cellular phone that apparently weighed a kilo. Since then – the mobile phones have evolved dramatically from just being a verbal communication tool with the advent of applications like Google maps, Uber, Instagram, Inshorts, Quora etc.
Two key factors that drove the massive growth of mobile apps are: –
1) Users loved the convenience of apps they could download and use on their phones; and
2) Users almost always carried their phones with them wherever they went.
Here is an insight of three trends in mobile application development which will revolve around-
- Wearable Devices
IoT- Internet of Things
Is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data. Now you may be thinking, why mobile apps and smartphones? Having mobile applications associated with the IoT means that apps can push notifications directly to your phone. This allows you to control and monitor the devices from anywhere. Some of the IoT applications are –
- Smart Lighting Can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting, regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
- Smart Home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
- Smart Meeting Room Google Jamboard, Alexa for Business, Samsung Flip,Microsoft surface hub are streamlining meeting rooms.
- Smart Refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently in hand.
- Smart Locks and Security cameras that grant or deny access to visitors. Smart locks can also detect when residents are near and unlock the doors for them.
Iot possibilities are endless.
Smart wearables like the Apple Watch, Microsoft’s HoloLens, on-body healthcare sensors, smart jewelry, smart watches, display devices (like Google Glass) have become very popular these days.
Interestingly, we at AAPNA are doing a live project on Wearable Technology which will provide Geo-Fencing facility using beacon-based technology for proximity monitoring.
Mobile AI (Artificial Intelligence)
The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) involves a machine with the ability to copy intelligent behavior. The rate at which AI is expanding is gaining momentum. According to study –
Mobile is one of the most promising areas for AI apart from sectors like healthcare, education, and finance.
Some of the example of Mobile(AI) are –
- Taco Bell released “TacoBot,” which tailored user experience by recommending personalized menu suggestions by anticipating user-specific purchase trends.
- Alexa and Google assistance have already stolen the show. Amazon released Alexa in the home and is now transitioning her outside. Ford has teamed up with Amazon to bring Alexa into its cars. This enables Ford users with SYNC 3 to access Alexa inside the car to do things like check the weather, play audiobooks, add items to shopping lists, and even control Alexa-enabled home devices.
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