Nine App Development Trends That Are Defining the State of Mobility

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2016-03-30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Nine App Development Trends That Are Defining the State of Mobility

    The interest in emerging tech continues to grow, a recent mobile trend report shows, with automation being a key market for developers.
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    2 - Back-End Data: The New Mobile Dev Problem
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    Back-End Data: The New Mobile Dev Problem

    Getting access to mobile-optimized back-end data is becoming the single greatest challenge to building apps, say 72.4 percent of developers. The most difficult aspect of integration, according to 46.7 percent of developers, is building and deploying mobile APIs.
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    3 - Popular Public Data Sources
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    Popular Public Data Sources

    In 2015, only 19.6 percent of developers reported that they had no need to connect to public data sources. That's down from 25.1 percent in 2014. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Dropbox lead the pack, suggesting that social sharing is still the No. 1 driver for accessing public data sources.
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    4 - Tools of the Trade
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    Tools of the Trade

    Mobile leaders are more likely to use a wider variety of development tools on a regular basis. More than 50 percent of mobile leaders report using app user-interface design and cross-platform development tools on a daily basis, while less than 15 percent of mobile laggards report using these tools daily. For laggards, frequent use of other tools—such as unit test tools, functional test automation tools, and so on—is minimal.
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    5 - RMAD Underwhelms
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    RMAD Underwhelms

    Feedback on Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) tools is tepid; only 25 percent of developers described their experience as positive. Still in its early stages, low-code, drag-and-drop app development tools aren't a panacea, with nearly 60 percent of developers reporting that RMAD has its place for certain apps, but that it isn't a cure-all.
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    6 - A Need for Speed
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    A Need for Speed

    Release velocity has become the No. 1 differentiator between mobile leaders and laggards. Forty-two percent of leaders report a weekly or biweekly app release cycle. That number drops to 9.5 percent among self-identified laggards. Mobile laggards are also falling further behind; the velocity gap of those delivering app updates monthly or faster widened 7.5 percent from 2014 to 2015 (4 percent more leaders are delivering monthly or faster, while 3.5 percent fewer laggards meet this pace).
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    7 - It's Hard to Manage What You Can't Measure
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    It's Hard to Manage What You Can't Measure

    25.5 percent of mobile laggards say they "don't know" the reason for failure when an app falls short of user expectations. Among leaders, this figure drops to 9.9 percent.
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    Home Is Where the Hack Is

    Developer interest in emerging tech has increased across the board, which means we can expect to see Internet of things innovation continue, but the No. 1 most interesting market, according to developers, is home automation, which beat out wearables, automotive applications and industrial control devices. Fifty-eight percent of devs said they are very interested in developing for home automation.
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    9 - Motives for Development
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    Motives for Development

    The top three reasons for developing are to generate revenue, increase customer loyalty and increase brand awareness. Sixty percent of developers said revenue is their No. 1 motive for development, followed by 45 percent who identified "increasing customer loyalty" as their main objective and 36 percent who said they're looking to "increase brand awareness."
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    10 - App Paths to Cash
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    App Paths to Cash

    Of those who build apps to generate revenue, 43 percent said that in-app purchases are the best method for making money, while 23.9 percent said in-app advertising is the best method. Only 19 percent said they charge for the app itself.
 

The state of mobility, generally speaking, is awfully healthy. As many new companies get started and plunge into their markets, they're looking at a "mobile-first" IT strategy that at times sets up a mobile app before even doing a Website. Then there must be a strategy for how employees use mobile devices for company business: Will they be allowed to use their smartphones, tablets and laptops, or will the company provide some or all of the equipment? All of this portends well for mobile app developers, mobility management companies, integrators and device makers. However, it all hinges upon how good those mobile apps are and how important they become to users. They have to be easy to understand and use, and they must work 100 percent of the time. There's too much competition out there for an app to stumble. In this eWEEK slide show, we look at Appcelerator and IDC's recent "2015 Mobile Trends Report," which surveyed 5,778 developers to get their take on the state of mobility. Here's a look at the top developer trends that are defining the state of mobility.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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