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March 30th, 2017

5 Android app development trends for 2017

Trends in Android app development seem unlimited with developers constantly creating modifications to ease and excite users.

Here are some trends in Android app development that will take 2017 by storm!

Android Instant Apps

What are Instant Apps? For instance, to use a feature, you need to first download the app onto your phone but a mobile internet connection does not allow for a quick installation. To fix this problem for users and help them gain quick access to Android apps, Google developed Instant Apps.

It is worth noting that Instant Apps traffic is comparable to casual web page traffic — hence, our phones and tablets won’t be full of various applications that we need only once. However, it turns out that there are some pitfalls, especially for developers.

To start with, users who deploy only Instant Apps will be less engaged in the active use of the app hence, they won’t be interested in new updates. For this situation, the prevalence of any instant app on Android may bring about diminished revenue for developers. It makes it difficult to certify that new apps generation by Instant Apps will be beneficial for everyone.

As for Google, it will surely make some profit due to the increase of web searches since for now only about 27% of apps are installed through a web search but the Instant App technology has a great potential and will rise in the years to come.

If you are using the latest OS version Android 7.0 Nougat, you can try Instant Apps. As for the development process, specialists don’t need to develop two different apps. Instant Apps require the same Android API as well as the identical project and source code. It is only necessary to update the existing app and add Android Instant Apps’ functionality. This process doesn’t take any more time for development than most common Android apps.

Security in Android apps

There are some serious cases wherein breached up security could harm our health considering fitness apps. Similarly, e-wallet/m-wallet apps have our personal information which poses a serious threat if they do not meet the standard security guidelines. Hence, to satisfy the consumer’s software security requirements, Google is planning to improve the security of Android’s operating system.

Taking Instant Apps into account, the core technology is enabled by a runtime permissions model.

In addition, the total security of every app will be increased due to automatic security updates that will make interactions with the app secure and easy to use. There will be newer integrated security features in mobile operating systems to see this year.

Android AI-assistant

Today we use voice assistants and chatbots on our mobile devices. Game developers are increasingly incorporating AI into their games to make gamers have a vivid life like gaming experience.

Computers with artificial intelligence like IBM Watson can solve some tasks that are impossible for a human mind. In addition, with many people dreaming of intelligent robots to assist in daily life so the development of artificial intelligence is moving forward swiftly. These robots are already existing, but are only in the form of virtual voice assistants.

A year ago Google guaranteed to proceed with the integration of its new supporter Google Assistant into the coming Android gadgets. Improved features and intellectual skills are the primary advantages of the upgrade. The Okay Google command has turned out to be more useful — it is able to converse with the user, clarify important information — acting as a smart chatbot. The bot recognises even the most complicated commands which will improve in the course of time. The virtual assistant enables you to switch off the light in your home through Google Home, book a table in a restaurant etc. Developers now are also able to add other commands to Google Assistant. The quality of artificial intelligence in Android has risen up to 93.9% in 2016 from 89.6% in 2014n which in itself is quite a feat.

Apart from this, Google Play search will have added smart features. The neural network will use machine learning to find the most relevant results according to your queries. Google Play will analyse word or collocation input, proposing results based on previous queries. This smart search, as of now is functioning in beta-testing mode, and it is steadily improving itself.

In-App payments

E-commerce has become an integral part of the modern world and since people have already adapted to shop online, the transition was smooth. Internet shop development is quite the rage. Online stores offer a larger variety of products at different prices. Buying online products have become easier with the introduction of m-wallets and or going cashless through credit cards. We are increasingly becoming dependant on our mobile devices, so the possibility to make online payments from our portable gadgets has become imperative. This necessity to make mobile payments triggered the mass development of payment apps.

As experts predict, by 2017 approximately half of all online transactions will be made through mobile devices and even wearables like smartwatches. M-commerce is entering the golden era of its impetuous development.

With the introduction of Google Wallet, the mobile payment system allows people to perform payments with their Android smartphones using the NFC technology. The benefits of Android Pay lie in the possibility to effect payment by simply unlocking your device.

As of now, USA and UK are the only countries where Android Pay is available. Google is working towards expanding this system and its reach throughout the world in the coming years.

This year, developers intend to build apps with integrated Android Pay buttons. This innovation will surely simplify the mobile payment process.

Search within apps

This feature will allow you to find any content you require on your phone. Unlike the common search feature provided in any Android smartphone or tablet, this In-App function represents the Google search bar within the apps you have already installed and now, any app will allow you to search the content on the phone just using one keyword.

Google has integrated the new feature into popular apps as Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube and developers are moving to extend the number of apps supporting In-App in the nearest future. So this year this feature in the space of Android app development trend is expected to be among the hottest ones.

The main advantage of this new Android feature is that you can keep on searching the necessary information even when you are out of the connection. The In-App search is located directly on the phone, not on the cloud. The regular search bar will be available all time while using an appropriate app.

App developers are constantly devising methods to further simplify the interaction between the user and their smartphones. We hope these trends gave you a better insight about each of these trends and their uses. We are excited to see which trend takes the fore this year. Do let us know your opinions about the latest Android development trends in the comments section below.