According to statista.com, there were close to 150 billion downloads of mobile apps in 2016. The world population in 2017 is 7.5 billion so we humans downloaded about 20 apps per person, on average.
Wow! That’s a lot of apps being downloaded in cyberspace. According to research, that number will more than double to be 300 - 350 billion in 5 years. Between video and music streaming, and app downloads, our internet traffic will increase a massive amount. The revenue is predicted to be $75 - $80 billion in 2017. All these numbers are in billions, not in millions.
With more devices and smart appliances at our finger tips, we all need mobile apps to manage and control things. So what are the newer trends in 2017? Here’s what’s becoming more popular:
More apps will become smarter with GPS technology so they can locate you where you are and provide information you’re seeking more readily. Knowing where users are will empower businesses with more accurate and useful information at hand.
Virtual and Augmented Realities
Snapchat is a good example of Augmented Reality. While Virtual Reality is totally virtual, Augmented Reality gives you some sense of a virtual world on top of your real world. Don’t be surprised if one day soon an app exists where your camera can scan a piece of clothing in store and send you other comparative items to look at.
At-Home Security and Appliances
Many of us already have a home security camera, doorbell, or other appliances at home which can be controlled via an app on our phone. This technology will only increase in coming years. We will eventually be connected to and able to control all of our stuff over the internet!
With the help of A.I., more and more apps will predict your next steps, making your information search and decision-making faster. A.I. will also likely grow to benefit businesses as well and enable us to utilize our apps for running our business more efficiently.