The usage of mobile apps has exploded over the past few years. With the ever growing adoption of modern smart phones, more and more consumers are using apps to order their favorite food, book tickets, perform banking transactions, listen to music on the go, etc.
The growing demand for more functional apps has also resulted in widespread interest in website and mobile app development. Since an operating systems' mobile app store is a level playing field, resulting in the immense success of its small-time developer!
Today, our world is a digital sphere, where keeping in touch with friends across boundaries is no more a chore, and as the number of mobile apps keeps on increasing, so does our ability to perform hitherto difficult tasks.
As we have stepped into this New Year, there are quite a few interesting mobile app trends which mobile app developers, such as you, should keep a lookout for.

Here's what you need to know.
5 Emerging Mobile App Development Trends

1. Cloud Technology Finally Finds It's Place: No surprises here. From the average consumer to the tech professional, everyone has heard about the benefits of cloud technology, and how it can to change our collective lives.
Today, cloud computing is not only fast, easy to deploy, but also makes a good working argument for both large-scale enterprises and small mom-and-dad joints. OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive are just the tip of the iceberg, we can expect new powerful apps which directly run on the cloud and take minimal space in the phone storage and use to data directly on website and mobile.

2. Location-based Wi-Fi Services Become Commonplace: Mobile location services and Beacon technology are now starting to blur the boundaries between online and offline advertising, especially in the retail sector. In the following years, Wi-Fi will be used for more than just internet access, as more and more public hotspots would also double up as location access points. App developers are also expected to follow suit, by building apps which take advantage of such location-based Wi-Fi services.

3. m-Commerce to be the Next Great Opportunity: As e-commerce giants such as Amazon, flipkart and eBay flourish, the usage of m-Commerce apps is also expected to increase in the coming years. With more smart phones featuring technology such as NFC, Fingerprint recognition, etc., using a mobile phone to pay for transactions, amongst others, will also find ready acceptance. Developers will also have the opportunity to build m-Commerce website and mobile apps which can provide additional functionality to the consumer. Read our article which describes the models, benefits, and future trends of mobile payment solutions.

4. High-quality UX to be the Norm of the Day: Besides a nice look and feel, smart phone users today expect their apps to be more intuitive and provide more relevant content suited to their own likes and dislikes. In the coming year, developers will have to focus more on answering burning customer questions such as whether the app is secure enough or whether they need too many user permissions, etc.?

5. More APIs to Accelerate Innovation: As we move towards a future where website and mobile app development necessitates rapid development across a variety of target devices, an API-first approach ensures both the agility and flexibility with which the app can function. Today, one of the hottest mobile app trends and with websites to impact 2018 is the ability with which developers can leverage a large catalog of JSON/RESTful APIs, ensuring a lot of backend work such as data storage, retrieving information, etc. is taken care of.