If you were surprised when mobile app technology came to wearables such as a smartwatch or to electrical appliances through being able to fully control them through an app then be prepared to be even more surprised.

Rising trends in mobile app development are changing the industry as organizations continue to develop and incorporate technologies such as VR and AI. Here are the latest.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is billions of devices connected through the Internet, which collect and share data. IoT woud have not been developed if it wasn’t for cheap processors and wireless networks which help pretty much any device turn into part of IoT. Devices can communicate with each other without human intervention, allowing digital and physical worlds to work together.

Organizations are focusing on and implementing IoT development in order to better capture and manage everyday data. Many industrial applications and business operations are already using IoT in machinery and devices that assist in interconnected operations such as transport and logistics.

Artificial Intelligence

Mobile app development is incorporating artificial intelligence in the form of enabling AI on devices and AI chatbots. AI chatbots are the next big thing in mobile apps as they will assist in making decision-making processes better and faster by being able to respond to and understand humans.

Organizations see artificial intelligence as a way to maximise speed and efficiency, and minimize human error when it comes to things such as verification, validity, security and control.

Blockchain and mobile payments

Blockchain is a decentralized technology that manages databases of transactions through a global network of computers. Meaning there is no central authority. Blockchain was used in Bitcoin, which is a cryptocurrency. With banking and mobile payments becoming significantly popular, blockchain is changing the process of mobile transactions by transforming them into business ecosystems.

Virtual reality and augmented reality

From 360 degree environments to interactive experiences with computer-generated perceptual information, VR and AR is providing visuals to users no one could have imagined. Organizations are developing ways to use VR and AR for comprehensive surveillance and monitoring purposes from remote locations and to optimize user experience of their platforms.


Biometrics are technologies such as the fingerprint sensor and Face ID which have been added to mobile and apps. Organizations are using biometrics in mobile apps to assist in financial transactions and help make data transfers more secure. Biometrics are expected to play a big role in a digitised economy which will assist in the security of business operations and exchanges.


According to Forbes, the cloud computing market is expected to grow to $178 billion in 2018. Organizations are moving their processes and operations to the cloud which will help make operations more efficient, reduce hosting costs, improve loading capacity, provide better storage and increase user retention.