In the increasingly competitive digital economy today, businesses of all sizes must provide personnel and customers alike with enterprise-grade communications enablement tools in order to gain market share. The modern consumer has come to expect large businesses to enrich their experience with a robust set of communications features, from intuitive IVR to in-app messaging.
Global consumer demand for mobile applications dramatically increased from 400 million to 1.8 billion in just a matter of eight years. The landscape has radically changed since the first smart phone, equipped with only a calculator, world clock, calendar, and contact book, was introduced by IBM in 1993. Now, customers spend 90 percent of their digital time using mobile apps and only 10 percent browsing websites. An average user also downloads about nine applications per month and are satisfied with them only 55 percent of the time.
The battle for supremacy between the two giants of the operating system world—Android and iOS—grows ever thornier. Once a developer has decided to build an app, the key question that he or she often battles with is “between Android and iOS app development, which is the best choice for me”?
Google finally opened its Cloud Speech API to the public, allowing third-party developers to convert audio-to-text within their own applications. Since March 2016, the web giant has provided access to the limited preview version through its developer website. Although it’s still in beta, Google’s speech recognition technology promises to offer developers an improved experience that’s better than current speech recognition providers.
The mobile app development industry continues to flourish at a feverish rate. As mobile app trends move from 2016 into 2017, developers expect to witness the continuing emergence of better, cutting-edge technologies that will advance the growth of the industry to higher heights. From an increase in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence to the proliferation of app streaming, here are a few of the top trends impacting the mobile app development landscape in 2017.