The boom in mobile application technology in 2016 has provided users with a plethora of options. But in a fast-rising aspect of technology, it has become imperative to highlight trends that will shape the direction of mobile technology in the future.
A recent study established that messaging is a prominent function most used by people to tend their communication needs. Oftentimes, people engage in regular conversations whether for business or pleasure all around the world, round the clock. With the unique user-friendly options exhibited by virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo, the expectation is that conversational interfaces will soon take mobile technology to unimaginable heights.
User Experience Analytics
The proliferation of mobile applications has made it possible for the young and old to be conversant with the capacity of technology to improve their lifestyle. What is paramount now is to ensure the competencies of mobile applications is properly harnessed. This can be done through the feedback provided by users. User feedback can be analyzed through a set of Qualitative Analytic tools provided by developers with a view to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their products. This trend is prevailing, but improvements to meet specific details will stimulate the awareness that most applications are grossly under-used or misused. Personalization in UI Design The availability of metadata about the user ensures that mobile applications are easily adaptable to user-layout.
With a personalized UI Design, the application is able to switch conveniently to the satisfaction of the user. It is hoped that knowledge advancement will empower developers to be more-focused on innovative solutions that satisfy specific individual needs.
The addition of augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) to mobile technology has succeeded in creating a remarkable impression about possibilities. It is an imaginative solution designed to accommodate peculiar needs in the area of tourism (think of ‘visiting’ a tourist location before you actually do so), or shopping (have a feel of a product before making an order for it).
We are made aware of an interactive platform called Tailor-i launched by Textronic which enables you to choose collars, cuffs, lapels, plackets and a lot more. The selected elements can then be combined and the garment instantly visualized. It is like your online garment stylist and tailor store that enables you to customize your clothing. That is the height AR & VR has taken mankind to.
Currently, one issue that is gaining the attention of developers is to take care of navigation constraints of users. Attention is now focused on creating navigation solutions that allow users to move through an application freely. An example lies in Amazon Shopping, where users can browse through a number of categories at the same spot of your device. Efforts are being geared towards more robust and personalized mobile applications.