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For some time now, it has been well known that having an application developed enriches any company’s existing services, simplifies obsolete processes or generates more entertainment. However, companies are quick to venture into application development without taking into account the technical difficulties or the cost involved in creating a good application.
First of all, it is necessary to differentiate between the types of existing applications to understand which option is the most suitable for each company:
According to Internet Live Stats, there are almost 2 billion active websites and more than 3 million apps today, surpassing the 3 billion smartphone users in the world. Each of these sites or apps is involved in the development of new web and app trends. Consequently, the number of IT workers is growing by leaps and bounds. It is worth noting that development standards are changing, and changing more and more frequently.
In the near future, it is expected that current trends will be implemented in development, so we will explain the new changes in this sector and the trends that developers need to be aware of in order not to be left behind.
Firstly, the aforementioned PWAs are not a new phenomenon, but the technology is gaining momentum due to its ability to provide a quality user experience. Their main purpose is to make it easier for users to browse mobile websites with the same speed and convenience as they would from a computer. Among its main features is the ability to send push notifications without downloading additional applications, a major trend in digital marketing.
Some of the services improved thanks to PWAs are Uber, Twitter or Pinterest. These large apps have chosen this form of development because of the speed of loading, that the services can be used offline, performing the same functions as native apps.
On the other hand, AI in web and app development performs many cognitive functions such as machine learning, data collection, analytics or automation. AI simplifies most of the processes while providing the development service. For example, the most common method of using AI is by adding chatbots to websites for the functionality and user experience side. For the development aspect, AI is applied in all steps from implementation to testing.
Fourth, voice search and navigation are the focus. Most IoT devices around the population include this technology. As such, developers should keep in mind that voice navigation facilitates the use of applications, helps with speed in solving tasks and searches, and provides an excellent user experience. Similarly, a developer is looking to spend as little time as possible typing code and script commands, so there is an emerging trend of using voice to write scripts. Development will therefore be closely linked to the implementation of such functionality.
In addition, serverless architecture is a method of avoiding system overload, data loss or high development costs. Cloud computing makes it possible to replace conventional servers to strengthen application architecture and increase flexibility. Thanks to this technology, tasks such as backing up, delivering notifications and exporting files are performed at high speed.
Finally, the RAIL model, which is not a new concept either, but which originally went unnoticed in 2015, now involves faster load times and provides higher performance. Its acronym refers to what this method consists of:
This model implies instantaneous response, a sense of optimal animation and fast execution of actions, completing them in mere milliseconds.
When comparing these new trends or types of application development whether hybrid, web or native, no one option is better than the other, each has its advantages or disadvantages, these will be used depending on the specific business.
Web or application development for a company is mainly used for the development of minimum viable products (MVP). A web application will improve the company’s performance and provide easy support for the company. In situations where budget is limited, a hybrid or cross-platform application is the best option. However, if the company is looking for a unique customer loyalty and experience, native applications are the best option.
In any situation, it is essential for the IT department to be aware of new trends and keep up to date with them, as the changes that are currently taking place are changing at a great pace. PWA services, AMP, voice search and AI are just some of the most notable trends in the app or website development sector at the moment.