Top Mobile App Development Trends to Look Out for in 2018

May 16, 2018 | Published by

The year 2017 was phenomenal for the economy of mobile apps and 2018 is expected to be another excellent year. More than ever, mobile phones apps are now mainstream, and all types of businesses rely on them to meet their customers’ needs and boost revenue. Trends in mobile app development are always changing and this year promises continuation in the emergence of new, state-of-the-art tools and techniques, alongside growth in old approaches and technologies. However, for now, let’s focus on the best trends to look out for in 2018.


Al will create a mark not only in mobile apps’ construction methods but also in improving their capabilities. By using machine learning techs, cognitive interfaces, and advanced analytics, Al will offer business users ability to access great insights they had never had before. Voice-based AI is expected to become more popular than ever before in 2018.

Cloud-based Apps

The Cisco VNI Global Mobile Forecast for 2015-2020 indicates that nearly 90% of people storing, retrieving, or using mobile data traffic, will depend on cloud-based mobile applications. These apps provide uninterrupted access to multiple people, across geographies, on the go. Another major advantage is that people can store as much information as they want without affecting the storage space of their mobile phones.

Mobile App Security

Smartphones’ security has become more vital than ever before due to the quantity of owners’ data it accommodates. Apps with integrated security features are especially important in the app space. Meanwhile, iOS is now moving to Swift, which is Apple’s own language of programming. Many developers will start using this platform, offering better UX with additional security features. Android app developers are offering mobile security apps using the latest techniques.


In 2017, smart homes became more interactive. Ecobee and Nest are two organizations that have trail-blazed the technology of the smart home. In the case of app developers and designers, integrations involve backend infrastructure and complex mobile platforms that can share and communicate data between devices for an experience that is unified. Data analytics also become important in this case because all data that is shared and stored needs to be accessed efficiently and easily. The Internet of Things is shaping development trends for mobile apps because almost all IoT solution requires a dedicated application that enables users to manage smartphones.

Digital Wallets

With the world shifting online, the demand for digital wallets is increasing at a steady pace. In everyday life, the digital wallet is easily confused with an e-wallet which allows for instant monetary transactions. But, developers and app creators now offer digital wallets with all the features of core banking and products along with the functionality of an e-wallet on one, single, platform.

In conclusion, there are several other mobile app development trends that companies should look out for in 2018. The mobile industry is geared towards improving and enhancing their offerings, but, businesses wanting to stay ahead of the competition curve cannot ignore the above-mentioned trends.