Most mobile developers know the main tendencies of their professional world well. But sometimes there are so many movements that it can be useful to stop, look around and understand what will be in high demand and popular over the next month or a year. We’d like to talk about the main trends in mobile development and the app economy using a State of the Nation report by VisionMobiles.
The State of Nation report features all the latest trends in mobile and IoT development, including platforms and language prioritization, revenues and revenue model, and more.
1. Swift is becoming more and more popular among mobile developers
The adoption of new products and technologies may take some time, so the growing popularity of Apple Swift definitely deserves some attention. According to the State of Nation report (total number of respondents – 8 000 developers) showed that 20% of mobile developers were using Swift just 4 months after it was introduced to the world.
We should mention that 23% of Swift adopters were not using Objective C and that’s a clear sign that Swift may succeed in attracting a much wider range of developers to build native iOS apps.
Objective C is not going anyway and the best iOS specialists often use two programming languages. The report by VisionMobiles said that during the next few years it’s possible that the mobile developers will need to learn both languages in order to become a highly-paid specialist with an interesting IT project.
2. The popularity of cross-platform tools is growing
The same report showed that most respondents use some third party tools while working on the IT projects at their companies. The fraction of developers not using any third party tools at all has fallen to an all-time low of 17%. The percentage of developers using cross-platform tools has grown from 23% to 30% over the last 6 months.
3. Enterprise apps bring more revenues than consumer apps
The number of smartphones and tablets is increasing every day throughout the world. But that does not mean that a consumer app will bring you to the next level of revenue. Actually 43% of enterprise app developers make more than 19% of consumer app developers reaching the same level revenue. The reason is that many consumers don’t want to pay real money for mobile applications. On the other hand, organizations and companies can pay for apps that help to optimize their business processes and structure.
4.Internet of Things – hot topic
We have already talked for a while about the IoT (the last post on this topic – Why the IoT could demand a new network?).
Many mobile developers invest their personal time and efforts into some project that won’t show a result here and now, and all these projects are operating in the sphere of IoT. According to a report, a massive 53% of mobile developers are already working on some kind of IoT project. For most of them it is just a hobby, not a real job. This trend is still in the first stage of development, but the community is increasing constantly.
Smart homes are the most popular market with 37% of mobile developers working on IoT projects targeting it. Wearable devices are on the second place with 35% mindshare.
Taking in mind everything mentioned above, we can come to a conclusion that the mobile market is constantly growing, involving new areas and fields – from tools to finances. The ability of a mobile developer to adapt to this dynamic field allows him to be on the top in the list of similar specialists.