Apps are developing quickly, in a matter of 5 years we have gone from basic apps that are effectively a website in app form to complex apps capable of monitoring external data i.e. heart rate, distance, listening in to surroundings and recognising music, proximity based systems and mobile banking. In this article we’ll have a look at what is to come and which types of technology you can expect to see in 2018.
As you will have seen, Google, Amazon and Apple are pumping vast resources in to their respective voice recognition devices, whether it be Siri or Alexa. As always with the app sector, the most successful apps are those that take base technology (developed by much larger companies) and then apply it to something else to either solve a problem or make a game. Voice recognition is creeping in to day to day life more and more, cars were using it (unsuccessfully) a few years ago, phones then began to offer it, robotic personal assistants are now in use and satellite navigation systems are using it. We will wait to see which apps come out this year and really utilise this technology to solve an issue, at the moment it seems that with most voice-controlled items, it is actually slower to use that than just write/type it in.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Whilst Amazon are putting all of their eggs firmly in Alexa’s basket, Apple are focusing more on AR (Augmented Reality) which seems like a more exciting and viable market in its uses. There have been basic AR apps around for a while, most notably the app developed to show where the twin towers used to be when held up against the New York skyline, obviously this had a single use that was very limited but it was an early trailblazing app. Apple are looking to take this a step further and other tech companies are starting to listen. Just think of an app where you could be viewing a new house and be able to drag and drop furniture on your screen to show how it would fit in the room, scaled perfectly. AR has practical uses that would really benefit our lives and we’re excited to see what comes out in the future.
Virtual Reality has already seen somewhat of an explosion in popularity in the last couple of year with it being the primary area of interest for VC’s to look to invest in Silicon Valley. There are a variety of Android App Developers and iOS App Developers currently sending out apps that enable you to feel like you’re riding on a rollercoaster (with the use of some fetching headgear that your phone plugs in to) or see yourself wearing a chosen outfit from an e-commerce store. It will be interesting to see what new apps 2018 brings.