Mobile apps are going under a tremendous shift this year. From the way they are built to the way they are maintained is undergoing a shift this year. New technologies and architectures are constantly arriving in the market which has greater support for the flexible, speedy, collaborative development and offer modular apps. Whether you are building the apps for the enterprise users or for the external customers, the process is iterative. Demands of the modern mobile users, requirements of the mobile app developer and need to update the apps are constantly changing and waterfall development practices are unable to support these needs and requirements. In order to support flexibility componentized and agile architectures and practices are needed.
The time has come to think how to divide the system so that pieces can be quickly and independently updated because this is required if the organization wants to keep up with this constant pace of change.
Below are the three emerging trends in this direction which will make you rethink the organization’s mobile development strategy.
Using micro-services in the backend enables the development team to operate efficiently and allow them to create flexible apps. These services are not bound to some specific technology instead they are used to provide small backend services which can be developed independently and then can be joined via APIs.
Each micro-service is built to implement a certain function of the mobile app. For example, a flight reservation system might contain the following micro-services:
Creating customer profile
Checking fight availability
Allocating seats etc.
Since, developers can maintain and update these services individually and independently; this makes easier to maintain and scale apps.
Card based UI is gaining popularity. This is the design scheme where data and images can be presented in rectangular shape and can be layered. The biggest advantage of this layout is that it allows brands to experiment with the ways in which the most relevant information can be displayed on desktops, mobiles and on other devices. Similar to micro-services each card can be thought of as specific thought or action and like micro-services are used for providing various services each card can be linked to another card or to a specific page in a different app.
These developments will change the mobile experience as the wall between various apps goes from becoming porous to completely invisible.
These bits of codes are then wrapped with the declarative language so they can operate without any dependencies. With this developers will no longer have to choose between performance and ease of development.
With flexible technologies like this it is easy to test the user experiences from every perspective which will result in more app engagement.
The mobile app development and technologies supporting them will never be done and end. So, build you infrastructure and strategy around the same assumption.