Are you driven by mobile apps?
The next time you're walking down the street or waiting in line at the coffee shop, take a look around. Chances are more than a few people are on their smartphones and there's a good chance they're using a mobile app.
With wireless popularity in mind, here are five top trends fueling mobile apps:
1. Mobile Payments on the Move
Mobile devices are quickly taking the place of cash and credit.
As a result, mobile payment apps are growing in popularity. Whether you use Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or you simply make online purchases using your smartphone, more and more apps are offering payment-friendly features.
In addition, gift cards are going the way of the hand written check as many businesses are offering mobile gift cards.
Even if you receive a gift card, you can enter the bar code into the company's mobile app and use your phone to cash in on the card as well as track the balance.
As the payment trend continues to expand, payments apps will soon be able to process just about any type of transaction.
2. Smart Home Apps
As the following article looks at, the market for smart home add-ons is exploding, which is why smart home apps are one of 5 trends driving mobile app development today.
From smart thermostats to smart water heaters to smart sprinkler systems, just about every app developer has their sights set on smart home features.
As the smart home market continues to expand, developers are creating more intuitive, streamlined apps that can control a number of smart home features. Apple's HomeKit is an early example of where the smart home apps are headed.
3. Tucked Away Menus
Upfront, stationary menus on each page of a standard website are helpful.
However, when it comes to smartphone-sized screens, these stationary menus only get in the way. That's why hidden drop-down menus are a major trend in app development.
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Sure, smartphone screens are getting larger, but developers are using that extra space to play as opposed to using it for app navigation purposes.
As the popularity of mobile apps continues to grow, expect to see tucked away menus that are just as easy to access as their bulky counterparts.
4. App Analytics
Whether you own an app-friendly business or not, app analytics is helping improve the mobile experience for both businesses and customers.
Instead of simply bringing an app to the market, app developers are testing new apps and implementing data collection software before the app is released.
This helps businesses track app usage and, more importantly, gives businesses insight into what customers are getting out of their apps.
Again, this is a win-win for both parties involved and is improving the mobile app landscape exponentially.
5. Health Monitoring Apps
Wearables are taking off like never before and the leader of the pack is health and nutrition monitoring wearables.
From smart watches to wristbands and shirts that track heart rate and distance, app developers are working hard to keep up with the demand for health-focused apps.
Today's health and nutrition apps work in tandem with wearables to generate and track the user's health information in real-time. This includes tracking carbon dioxide levels after a workout, caloric intake after a meal, and sleep patterns. With all eyes on health, wellness apps are sure to keep trending.
If you aren't driven by mobile apps yet, the trends above will change your smartphone world soon enough.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including app development and mobile technology.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.