Application development trends in 2018

2017 was another great year for mobile device and app development. Mobile apps are now in the mainstream and a huge number of users already rely on the latest apps. What does the future of mobile app development hold for us this year? 2018 will see the launch of more innovative applications, along with the growth of modern technology. Below are some of the trends that will mark 2018 in the world of applications.

Artificial intelligence

AI will mark both the development of trends in mobile applications and the boom in its capabilities. By using advanced analytics techniques, cognitive interfaces within complex systems, and machine learning techniques, AI will provide powerful insights that users have never seen before. Due to these advances, the big players like Google, IBM, eBay and Facebook have started to acquire some expert startups in Artificial Intelligence.

Augmented reality

Augmented reality applications are already in use and will be in the spotlight during 2018. These applications will be mainly geared towards games and simulators. Pokemon Go, iOnRoad, Sky Siege, and myNav are some brilliant examples of artificial reality. Dominating the App Store, these mobile games demonstrate that AR has great potential to influence application trends in 2018.

Mobile app security

Security remains the number one concern for developers due to the amount of personal information it stores. The overall growth of the industry, the billions of users, third-party SDKs everywhere, and the vast amount of user information kept by businesses create huge security concerns for mobile app developers around the world.

Cloud-based applications

Mobile devices have become more complex and powerful. Now, many users do not want to install gigabyte applications on their devices. Cloud-based applications have reinterpreted the entire storage hierarchy on mobile devices. Through cloud computing, the user can install a small application that is connected to the cloud where all data is accessible.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is shaping the future trends of mobile applications so that users can handle smart tools. Analysts predict a major shift in IoT. There are already applications available that allow users to manage different things from smartphones and other digital devices. Therefore, the development of applications focused on IoT will be a clear trend in 2018.


Chatbot development is a growing trend. Through them, companies seek to solve the daily problems of their customers. Undoubtedly, the demand for these types of applications will increase this year.