Each day, it seems as if a new technology or software enters the market, promising to change our lives forever. From changing our surroundings with VR to improving computing times with AI software, new technologies are already shifting activities in our daily lives. As an app developer, trying to create a mobile app that incorporates these technologies can seem like a tall order without the right knowledge and approach, until now.

While it may seem like the latest technological advancements are far above our reach, by the time they get to the consumer level, they are far more manageable. On top of that, incorporating them into your app development project can set you apart from your competition and even potential gain the edge you are looking for.

In this article, we are going to review a few of the latest technologies we have seen promise in over the last few years. Along with that, we will show you how to create a mobile app that uses the strengths of these technologies for a superior user experience. Let’s get into it.

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

When you are working with any sort of software development, staying ahead of the curve is vital to staying relevant and the overall success of the project. By incorporating these emerging technologies like Blockchain or IoT when you create a mobile app, you are not only betting on your own success, but the success of these technologies.

Often this would seem foolish, as you are going ‘all or nothing’ on a new technology. However, not only have we chosen these technologies because they show huge growth potential, but keep in mind that the alternative is to do nothing. In fact, this is what most will do when they create a mobile app: nothing. By taking this risk and betting on the cutting edge instead of the status quo, you are putting yourself in a better position to be successful.

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Latest Technologies

Now that you have a better understanding for why you should build a mobile app that incorporates the latest technologies, let’s talk about the various emerging technologies worth integrating into your app’s development.

Augmented Reality

A few years ago, it seemed like everyone and their mother was playing Pokémon Go, one of the first augmented reality apps to take off. Now, app developers around the world are trying to create a mobile app with AR that can match this level of success. Even Instagram and Snapchat are getting involved in the AR craze. But, how do you actually leverage this technology into a valuable asset of your mobile app?

Well, like any of these emerging technologies, it needs to have a rightful place within your app development project. The only thing worse than not even trying to use new technology is to shoe-horn it into an app with no need for it. This will increase the cost and length of the project without adding much benefit.

When it comes to AR, there are plenty of options. For instance, if you want to create a mobile app that can highlight how products would look in a space, you can use an AR camera to give users a glimpse at what this would look like. Thankfully, both Android and iOS have their own kits for helping you with the AR process, so be sure to follow their recommendations.  

Wearable Technology

The next emerging technology we will review is that of wearable devices. Beginning years ago with the Fitbit and Apple Watch, wearable technology has slowly grown in both potential and popularity. Now, developers are finding new ways to use this technology and app development teams should take notice.

While there are obvious benefits of wearable technology when it comes to app integration, such as tracking steps, others are less straightforward, such as using a customized wearable shoe to find the perfect arch support. Regardless, the best way to ensure success when you create a mobile app incorporating wearable devices is to only do so when it provides clear value to the end user.

The Internet of Things

In a similar vein to wearable technology, the Internet of Things is rapidly expanding, with almost limitless potential for app developers. Just consider what kind of solutions can be made using the multiple IoT devices you can find in most homes today. Incorporating these devices can greatly expand the potential of your mobile app, far beyond what we ever thought possible.

Again, our advice remains consistent: only use IoT if it makes sense. Far too many companies are already trying to use IoT when it is completely unnecessary. However, if an IoT platform can help improve the user experience, either through automated processes or nearby devices, by all means, work with your development team to integrate it.

Blockchain

This brings us to blockchain, another emerging technology you have likely heard about quite often in the last year or two. While it is associated with cryptocurrency, blockchain technology is simply the secure, digital ledger that keeps track of transactions. It’s clear that we are only seeing the beginning of blockchain, with new use cases coming to light every day.

When it comes to wanting to create a mobile app with blockchain, there are a few things you should take into consideration. Automated smart contracts and improved supply chain performance are obvious bonuses, but since this is such a new technology, true breakthroughs will come from more novel ideas. Either way, it’s clear that blockchain will be a vital part of the digital ecosystem moving forward, so any chance to integrate should be seriously considered.

Voice Integration

Finally, the last new technology we will review is that of voice integration, made popular by Siri, Alexa, and other similar devices. While voice falls into the IoT category, it seen such a meteoric rise that it warrants its own review.

The first thing you should know about voice is that its main function is inputting information, not receiving or exporting. Keep this mind, as by focusing on the strengths of this technology will leader to a more successful integration. For example, one could incorporate Apple’s Siri into their app to receive commands and even perform basic processes.

The important thing to understand here is the limitations of this and other new technologies when creating a mobile app. If you can operate within these boundaries and parameters to create a better user experience, that is a clear sign you are on the right track.

Final Thoughts

As you have seen, in order to create a mobile app with new technologies, you need to have a few things working for you. First of all, you need a plan of approach. Understand how these new technologies will actually benefit your users before you integrate things. Next, you need to understand the benefits and limitations so that you aren’t stretching yourself too thin.

Finally, unless the UX design of your app can be significantly improved by integrating the new technology, it may be worth laying the groundwork first before diving straight in. While it is important to stay ahead of the curve, it’s also vital to focus on user needs first. This, most of all, will dictate the success of your mobile app.