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Yes, we all are embracing and warm welcoming the technology but yet we are stunned by the way it’s showing the mystic marvel it could perform, aren’t we? Smartphones getting unlocked with ‘Face Recognition ID’ to the technology like “Augmented Reality” wherein it merges the physical world overlapped with the digital one.

Augmented Reality (AR) is exciting technology. It proposes to encapsulate human experiences bound to accomplish in the digital visualization. This technology optimizes your surrounding reality by overlapping (superpositioning) it with the made up components or elements such as images, sounds, etc. A photo sharing app that allows a user to add a hat or sunglasses (animated filters) over his or her own image before sending, is an example of Augmented Reality.

The key aspects of Augmented Reality are to reduce the customer problems and enhance brand connection via product visualization, brand uniqueness, and consumer engagement. Augmented Reality derives its major push from the fact that most of us use smartphone nowadays. Hence, it practically propels the utility and practical implementation in daily life.

More importantly, AR has paved the way for all industry ranging from Education, Health & Medical and much-benefitted Entertainment sector (video games, cinema, and television). It is ever more alive and spreading its significance in the world of Fashion & Retail. Let’s see some characteristics, features, and future of AR to improve the shopping experience in retail industry.

Salient Features:

With cutting-edge tools, techniques and state-of-art infrastructure facility, Moon Technolabs is persistently involved in developing and nurturing this technology with its hand on numerous projects and portfolios which has consistently generated growth for our clients. Let’s have a look at few amazing features to see how Augmented Reality is changing our vision of the everyday life.

Product:

The collaboration of AR with mobile applications provides extraordinary engagement level of consumer and service with respect to the product. Filters like in-app feature/price comparison to check product quality & affordability respectively. Not only it provides attributes of related products through predictive and intuitive analytics but also provides in-depth details of product information.

Try Before You Buy:

Ready-to-wear in apparel or fashion industry or Ready-to-try products in retail is another demand for technological innovation direction. For e.g in a retail furniture store or home accessories, AR turning user’s camera into smartphone empowers them to feel and see the product virtually in their homes such as a piece of couch or furniture. Same is the case with a pair of sunglasses or clothing, which can be virtually applied to your body, allowing you to choose from the wide range and make an informed decision.

Personalized Offers:

Applying analytics to customer choices, preferences, shopping behavioral pattern and requirements, retailers can easily customize personal offers to enhance users shopping experience.

What’s In It For Retailers:

Surpass Physical Hindrances – Since retailers can merge virtual selling space with real in-store space.

Product Inventory – AR allows retailers (specifically small store owners) to display more stock & products then they could actually fit-in in reality. This allows the urban retailers to compete with bigger market competition in terms of product selection as they usually struggle with limited selling space.

Customer-Centric – People can virtually try any outfit, decorate their car or kitchen, rearrange their living room furniture just on their smartphone without leaving their home proves that AR’s core objective is to excel user’s experience and keep on improving.

Sales Boom – This simple technology since allows to easily apply the products with real-life surroundings immensely helps in eliminating the pre-purchase confusion and hesitation as with ample amount of choices customer can make well informed and improvised decisions.

Customized Present – AR is an actual boon for retailers as it allows them to have the insight of customer shopping behavior through analytics and hence, helps them to offer personalized product offering or tailor-made benefits on customer preference.

AR Beyond Space:

Augmented Reality is a mature technology. The way forward for this technology is to always stay on its toes of innovativeness. Yet, we are far away from touching the real potential of this technology. In other words, with respect to Augmented Reality, we have just begun to unearth its real power. Improvements are much needed for a seamless layering of the display with swiftness, elegant look, interactive and engaging UI/UX.

Almost 2/3rd of the world population has access to smartphones. This has already let to surge in developing applications for all sorts of industry ranging from marketing, education, medical, travel, etc. However, these sectors are still holding the minor share of the app market. The sheer dominance has been acquired by Gaming Industry’. Over 90% of the app revenue is generated from the mobile gaming apps. With the rise in cutting-edge tools and techniques, mobile technology has catered to the niche community of people who love to play games. Moreover, these improved technologies have influenced millions of lives across multifarious sectors. Hence, it’s safe to say that mobile technology has a gigantic impact on the gaming industry.

Let’s see the prime trends that have ruled and revolutionized so far and those that might will in the near future in the gaming industry.

1) Cloud-based Mobile Gaming Applications

This has been one of the major sources to attract gaming community to download their app while being cost-efficient at the same time. Cloud-based mobile games make lots of things possible simultaneously such as multi-players, seamless integration with social media and hence, a favorable choice as developers are able to give more attention to the design aspect while cloud deals with all the other essential things.

2) Socially Adaptive Mobile Gaming Apps

Social media is not limited to sharing posts, blogs, pictures, videos, etc but has become an innate part of everyday’s life activities including the games we all play. With everything being connected to Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat at the very least, mobile app games are no exception. The gigantic mobile gaming apps create the need for immersive players and an outreach social engagement so that players could show their achievements through share options that allow them to post about their game performance.

Even the offline and asynchronous gaming apps have found their existence and have shown the tremendous scope of development. Many of these apps are likely showing promising future. They provide a safe & secure connectivity and non-competitive experience.

3) Augmented Reality (AR) And Virtual Reality (VR)

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) has already paved the way for the giant leap in the gaming industry. The technology is here and most likely to remain and break the floor and expand by developing into interactive games. Location-based technology has already gained momentum into becoming the prime factor in the gaming industry. Geo-location based games can hugely be financially benefited by branding or product based partnerships. In fact, a game developer can well adeptly use this technique to make the game more interactive.

The wide usage of wearable devices is inducing the use of AR tools in mobile apps. Because of this, mobile game developers are heavily depending on them to facilitate this tech generation with unique gaming apps.

4) Use Of Analytics

A constantly generated thorough statistical analysis of gaming data is much needed to break the financial barrier and unlock huge profits. This data usually is the analysis and bifurcated information to optimize the game performance and provide tailored experiences. Moving on it prompts a financial way depending on players’ in-game behaviours. Developing engaging games are much on the priority list so as to have a personalized player experience and so that players can positively respond to it via in-app purchases and ad consumption.

Conclusion

As compared to other app industry sectors, the gaming industry is gaining popularity and expanding at an exponential rate. Every now and then, there is a new addition to games with new features to add excitement and challenges to skilled players who quickly adapt to latest trends. The gaming industry is one hell of a mobile app segment to look forward to amazing future.

We are habituated with it now and that’s a fact. Mobiles and smartphones have become one’s part of daily life. May it be getting acquainted with the latest news or fun-filled entertaining activities like listening to music, watching videos, playing games to merely finishing your pending office work like sending emails or reports, all these could be accomplished with the little device which can be encapsulated in one’s palm.

The sudden rise of this dependency on mobile technology, has given a gigantic push in the apps development industry and hence, the surge in mobile app development companies. These companies in the need to attract more clients to their portfolio and rake in profits on the financial grounds have to follow market trends by inculcating and implementing latest tools and technologies by providing niche services.

Thus mobile app development companies around the world are on a constant verge of trying to unfold new advanced technology in software and hardware components. App stores are experiencing such a massive number of app downloads which becomes the primary reason to believe that the year 2018 will see some of the promising new trends in mobile economic applications to increase their revenue by meeting customers demands.

As belonging to one of the established Mobile App Development Company, from Moon Technolabs we present you the latest mobile app trends that will mark its immense presence in 2018.

1) Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)

AR and VR technologies are used in creating real-life situations mostly in the entertainment and gaming industry which ultimately has brought a revolution in the way we experience and perceive. With Apple introduced ARKit and ARCore from Google, augmented reality apps for mobile devices will have a brand new face on these most known sturdy platforms. Games like Pokemon Go will influence marketers to provide the amazing compelling user experience. Moreover, VR devices like Google Cardboard and Samsung VR Gear are becoming more and more popular by the day.

2) Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI’s contribution has inspired and enabled many exciting features in mobile apps like recommendation engines, personalized experience, and behavioral targeting which has opened the doors for new possibilities and hence, are favored by giant corporate institutions ranging from Construction to Coffee maker. Usually, AI can optimize the business process by providing powerful insights. Chatbots tools are powered by AI to stimulate human conversation, however, yet in the near future, we should be seeing the full potential of AI as there is a high demand of hiring experts from the same industry.

3) Wearable Apps

Smartwatches and other wearable technologies seem to have made the alternate reality come true of the technology market. So far these devices provide standalone features on its own, however, from time to time they still require some sort of support from device’s software to function well. There is a wide usage of wearable apps such as fitness, messaging, entertainment, etc. and users prefer wearable devices to be synchronized with their devices for the better access to the data. Wearable technology will see a much higher growth and rise in 2018 with most of its technological power yet to be discovered.

4) Lazy Loading & Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

To reduce the bounce rate because of the slow loading, Google initiated the AMP project wherein a lot faster and responsive mobile version of the web page is created. Alternatively, instead of allowing the user to wait for the whole page to load, the webpage can be displayed seamlessly – it is called as lazy loading. These both techniques can be used to speed the performance of mobile apps when the content is transmitted through the web. Importantly, these techniques have the changed the mobile app development scenario from the perspective of Web App and SEO. AMP has drastically paved the way for increasing user experience and hence, can be accounted as one of the most significant mobile app developments in the near future.

5) Cloud-Computing

The prime benefit of using cloud-driven apps is that such applications minimize the space usage of your device as it directly fetches all the required data from the cloud account. OneDrive, Dropbox, GoogleDrive are few examples of cloud-based apps. A report suggests that cloud apps ease the mobile traffic up to 90% of the total mobile data traffic and hence is efficient in processing heavy tasks in mobile. Importantly, cloud computing increases the reliability, speed, and security of mobile apps and allows optimum collection, storage & analysis of user data.

6) Mobile App Security

With the high-end usage of banking transaction and e-commerce shopping using mobile apps, it is utmost necessary to concentrate on mobile app security. In such cases, apps with built-in security measures can be a boon to the tech world. Primary concerns are insecure storage, misuse of confidential information and privacy violation of all such personal data has increased with the popularity of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. So far developers have been, but still, a more stringent approach to secure the app’s code is the dire need and can be listed as one of the emerging trend that can be observed in 2018.

7) Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is so far on the highest verge of shaping mobile app development trends. Most of the time, IoT solution requires a specified allocated application to manage all the smart devices. Out of which mobile devices seems to be creating the perfect interface to interact with IoT enabled devices to synchronize data, especially in case of consumer IoT. Since, IoT allows the use of sensor technologies in non-IT devices which makes the mobile app development linked to IoT products has become an exciting area to keep an eye on. Building IoT related software has become the need of the hour and certainly presents itself as one of the fastest emerging trends of 2018.

8) Instant Apps

Another cut-throat trend which has made it to our list from most of the mobile app development companies is the ‘Instant Apps’, which was launched by Google as a new feature in Android devices. Users can actually use an android app without actually downloading it. The user can have a trial of the desired app from the app store and download it only if they feel the need and have the necessary storage. Few examples are Wish, Viki, Buzzfeed etc. are few who have taken the initiative to venture in Instant Apps. With out-of-the-box emerging trends, this one doesn’t seem to be left behind in 2018.