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Android application development in 2019: The industry is moving forward

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Mobile phone usage is an integral part of our everyday lives. Every business seems to be going mobile in an effort to gain a competitive edge. Of course, a mobile app is not a silver bullet. But it is a great opportunity for a company to enhance customer interaction with its existing products.

Some years ago, Android broke into the IT world and started a revolution. It still continues to drive innovation as developers are constantly striving to impress even the most sophisticated users. That’s why, in the age of mobile apps, it's important to stay abreast of the latest Android development trends.

In order to keep up with our “think mobile-first” world, we’re sharing our thoughts on the future of Android app development. Let’s dive in!

Android development trends at play

Following best practices

Google recently released architecture guidelines on how to build robust and maintainable Android apps. Architecture Components - a set of Android libraries to help structure your app - brings the magic back to Android development. You'll be able to write apps with less boilerplate code and deal with issues that involve lifecycles and persistence. This will result in a more streamlined developer community.

Instant experience 

We all have lots of unnecessary apps on our devices. With Google Play Instant, users can try an app without installing it first. Android instant apps are stored and operated directly from the cloud so they don’t take up extra space on your mobile device. 

With IoT devices rising in popularity, on-demand apps will be increasingly used and the majority of applications will be equipped with IoT compatibility. 

Multiplatform development is on the rise 

Google knows how to make you “Flutter!” What makes us so sure? If you are considering starting a new project using the cross-platform development tool, check out the Flutter mobile app SDK.

Flutter was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (2017) and is currently in full use. This framework is the only mobile SDK providing reactive views with no need for a JavaScript bridge. What’s more, the way Flutter implements widgets is indeed disrupting. It offers a new architecture including customizable and extensible widgets that are really fast. Flutter provides its own widgets and doesn’t utilize the OEM widgets or DOM WebViews.

This newcomer has a chance to win the hearts of mobile developers. Alibaba, Google Ads, and AppTree are already using it!

Another promising solution is Kotlin/Native, a technology for compiling Kotlin to native binaries. It allows you to develop native apps with the help of native libraries and instruments (Xcode, Android Studio). All of the native platforms’ capabilities are available through Kotlin/Native.

Though Kotlin/Native is still under development, engineers are loving it. It’s destined to become very popular in the near future.

Minimum effort = maximum results

Technological advances have empowered us with new ways to interact with different systems. The good news is, they are still evolving.

Intelligent assistants

The popularity of digital assistants has given rise to a new range of apps. It started with two concepts called “Actions” and “Slices” that were introduced at Google I/O. These are deep links to different apps that appear at various places on Android based on your usage.

For instance, when you open up Google Assistant and start typing “work” it will give you the option to order an Uber to take you to work.

We can assume that developers will increasingly add assistant integrations to new apps as users demand more shortcuts and efficiencies.

In-app search

Effective app search is vital for helping users find exactly what they need. Thus, in-app search will become something mobile users expect. YouTube and Spotify have already integrated this feature to make their UX more engaging. The trend will continue so as more companies seek to maximize the value of their apps.

Making emerging technologies work

Thanks to Google’s AI-focused strategy, people are becoming more familiar with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for mobile app development. What’s more, with the proliferation of virtual and augmented reality, apps are going beyond the screen more and more frequently.

But what if we combine these emerging technologies? The possibilities of AR/VR integration with AI are of great interest to all tech experts.

Google I/O addressed this problem by introducing advances in immersive technologies, including its Visual Positioning Service (VPS). This is a brand-new AR  technology identifying and triangulating visual features in users’ surroundings.

Wrapping up

The Android application development landscape has a lot to offer in the coming years. So, here at iTechArt, we stay up-to-date with all the latest technological breakthroughs. We are always striving to explore and implement a new technological direction in order to add value to your product.

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