Since their invention, computers and mobile phones have revolutionized the world in many ways. They have come to ease communication among people from all corners of the world. As a result, we now have a global network where everyone can communicate with other people despite the far distance between them.
Application programs, or Apps as they are known to many, were then developed to help us do our work easily and interact with us directly. Companies have come up with their own apps, which most of us use on a daily basis. Despite their current popularity and use, the future seems bleak for apps. To start off, they have bulky sizes that make them unsuitable to have. Imagine having installed all the apps made from the over 500 million websites on your smartphone. This will not only be a bother to you, but to your smartphone too. It means that the smartphones will have to be equipped with vast memory sizes, which is not economical in any sense.
The world is going mobile, and recent studies have indicated that the number of smartphone subscriptions will soon outnumber the global population. This is hugely powered by the fact that many people are embracing the use of custom applications. People want to do everything in their own comfort zones like homes and offices via a few taps on their smartphones.
The Future Revolution of Apps
Due to the ever-changing world, everything ought to change with it in order for them to survive. Apps will surely change in the near future, so as to remain valuable to their users. Some of the predictions to the future of apps are:
- Evolution of Apps into Notifications
An article by Alyson Shontell clearly shows that it is possible that apps might survive in the future and remain in existence, but will serve as notification systems that push content necessarily rather than pull systems that are bulky and fetch all data onto your phone. Notifications have started gaining ground and many users are applauding them. This is due to their interactivity and ability to allow the user take actions without launching the entire app.
- Fewer Apps than Websites
The web is a fascinating place for all of us, because it houses infinite places for you to visit. Research by Adam Bosworth (a long-time Silicon Valley Veteran and Pioneer of the XML Language) revealed that many people don’t check apps that aren’t on their home screens, and this makes the apps dormant due to lack of use. In the future, many more websites will come into place, but the number of places that people visit via mobile apps will continue to decline.
- Emergence of Content Cards
In order for Notifications to fulfil all the needs of current apps, Content Cards will emerge. These cards will serve the main purpose of allowing users to view more information and take appropriate actions quickly from a pop-up message or notification. It means that designers should focus on building systems and not destinations to assist users operate faster and more conveniently. In addition, these cards could become personalised and get some ordering paradigm, say by favourite sources or vital contacts.
- Development of Smarter Apps
Presently, apps are converging with cloud services. Some app developers employ the help of managed service providers to help with the integration of this latest trend in the app market. These developers understand the underlying benefits when an IT support company gets involved in their production process. This will allow them to focus more on the app so to speak. This will lead to smarter and smarter apps in the future. This will help ease the burden of having to recall much information, but instead move across and having the apps connected to the cloud. These Smart Apps will be more user-friendly, which, in the long run, will lead to increased profits, mindshare and loyalty.
- Apps will be Vertical
Future apps will be managing a vertical path in their user’s job or life, say health, home, finance and beauty. The companies owning the apps will then plug into the category that incorporates their service or product. This will allow users view brands that can augment and have value proposition within them.
The trajectories above give an insight into the future of apps, both web-based and mobile-based. It is very clear that apps will fade away, but the few that will remain will bear major enhancements than the ones we are used to today.