What we’re seeing now in mobile apps is an ever increasing diversity of content and capability. The apps are evolving, leveraging the many sensors and instruments built into your phone to provide a customer experience that’s richer than ever before.
A perfect demonstration of this trend is the heart monitor class of applications. Utilizing the image sensor, it is able to detect your heart rate – a use that was probably not envisioned when the camera became a staple of smartphones.
Similarly, with the power that this platform now has, developers are going to be able to exploit a phone’s capabilities in increasingly sophisticated and novel ways – and 2013 promises to hasten that trend.
These apps utilize the phone’s inbuilt capabilities to become aware of approximately where you are, in order to provide you with context that compliments your location. Searching for a restaurant? – read some automatically pulled reviews of the shops around you. New to the city? – Your phone provides you with automatic hotel recommendations, their reviews, and other details.
Tightly coupled LBS are the future of mobile search, and guess what? The future is already here!
While primarily a high-end phone phenomenon for the past two years, NFC is rapidly going mainstream. Many of the high-mid range phones are already sporting the technology, and it wouldn’t be long before it is expected to be a staple part of the smartphone package.
Essentially, what NFC does is provide the user with the ability to communicate with nearby devices in multiple ways: you can make payments, withdraw cash, open doors, and even program devices like your TV to automatically switch on and off depending upon the profile. This automation is going to result in some big changes in our lives.
So, what does this trend promise? Well, firstly we’re going to see little innovations with NFC. Small programs that can do the odd like thing around the house. But in the coming years, expect NFC to usher in a small revolution in the way we interact with the world. Credit cards, remotes – nothing is safe from its capabilities.
With new phones being released every week, it’s hard to see where any such convergence is coming from. But it is coming, and here’s why.
Tech companies are continually increasing the connectivity between their mobile offerings and desktop products. Apple OS X and iOS are widely regarded as converging in features and capabilities as mobile platforms become more powerful. Google has recently released Chrome OS. Windows 8 Mobile is quite closely coupled with the new Windows Desktop version.
This signals to app developers that their applications for a particular platform are going to be easy to port to other versions. This has huge consequences in terms of cost, product support, and development time: imagine if you can create a game for the desktop, and you only need to recompile it for the mobile! The benefits are astounding, and many of them will accrue to the customer as greater selection of apps and more polished applications.
Honestly, 2013 is going to be another amazing year for mobile application development with so many fascinating ideas, innovations and technologies to look forward to. Things are only going to get more exciting in the app domain. So, stay tuned.
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