With the explosive proliferation of smartphones and tablets over the last 10 years, many of us have found our phones transformed from a relatively simple form of communication into a powerful computer that has revolutionised the way we live and work. A significant part of this has been down to the growth in the app industry which, like the phones they’re installed on, has come a significant way since their conception.
However, while the general public have found apps to be handy tools, companies and organisations have taken full advantage of them, streamlining internal processes and offering unparalleled services to clients. So beneficial has the app sector been for a range of industries, many are looking forward to what the next step in app development holds.
To say that machine learning is a future development is somewhat of a misnomer, as we’re seeing its use in a variety of apps at this very moment. Whether it’s your Netflix account recommending you shows you may like or your Instagram developing the perfect filter for your face, intelligent algorithms are already working away to enhance the user experience.
However, what you might not know is that the machine learning market is projected to reach an annual turnover of £5.537 billion by 2023. This burgeoning market sector will help to produce highly specialised machine learning applications for a variety of industries.
One particular sector that will find enhanced machine learning applications especially useful is health care. With future technologies looking to increase accuracy of diagnoses, streamline patient health records and even aid in drug discovery, app innovations like these will invariably create a more efficient healthcare service.
Currently, we are on the precipice of a 5G revolution, with the network being slowly rolled out across the UK. This leap in connectivity will have huge potential for app developers looking to cater to the over 1.4 billion active devices that will be up and running by 2025.
With latency slashed to nearly zero and download speeds that put the previous generation to shame, 5G applications offer a host of exciting prospects. Virtual reality could finally reach the sci-fi levels of ergonomics we’ve dreamt about, especially when it comes to 3D modelling. This could be especially useful for training purposes for a variety of applications including education and the military.
We could also see an increased reliance on hyper-efficient chatbots with the ability to cater to user commands in a way never seen before, even leading to a hyper accessible network that industry experts know as the ‘tactile internet’.
The rise of open-source
Over the last two decades, open-source development has increasingly been picked as the preferred choice for developers in the industry and this trend is unlikely to slow down.
Offering both the developer and client a host of benefits, from cost-savings to increased user control and a wider democratization of software and its uses, It’s only a matter of time before open-source becomes the dominant force in software development.