Razer OSVR Open-Source Virtual Reality for Gaming.
Razer OSVR Open-Source Virtual Reality for Gaming.

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As mobile technology improves, consumers are developing increasingly high expectations. That means that your app needs to do everything it can to keep up!

The contemporary consumer has higher demands than the buyers of the past — if you’re making an app, it’s your challenge to meet them.

Things that once were considered nice perks, like high-quality display, a user-friendly interface, and rich content, are now completely vital. But once you’ve improved your product to meet those standards, how can you make it stand out? The answer is to start getting creative.

Here are three innovative app trends that all developers should consider before they set out to create their own mobile app.

Intelligence Innovation

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Though once associated with the world of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is now a commonplace reality. Google Now and Siri have used AI to make manual mobile searching obsolete — each of these digital assistants is programmed to listen to your request, interpret your intent, and generate an appropriate response.

AI could represent an opportunity for your app to eliminate a difficult part of the app experience for your user. Consider leveraging the tech behind Siri if you want to create an app that’s truly helpful.

Location is Everything

The mobile GPS has led to plenty of amazing app breakthroughs, allowing for highly personal and efficient app interactions. It also improves on-demand apps — take Seamless, for example. Without even entering your address, you can see which restaurants are feasible options, then simply order, pay, and have it shipped to your door.

As Forbes describes, “with the advent of these handy, newfangled business models, you can ‘run’ pretty much any errand without doing any running at all.” Use geo-location to your advantage by incorporating it into your new app, and make it easy to bring your services right to the customer’s doorstep.

Forget Virtual — Embrace Augmented Reality

Augmented reality apps are overtaking the virtual world by bringing to life slightly altered versions of reality (VR). According to TNW News, “Augmented Reality (AR) is a term used to describe a live view of a physical, real-world environment that is augmented by computer-generated sensory input, such as sound or graphics.”

Tom’s Guide claims that Anatomy 4D is one of the best AR apps out there right now. The app offers a virtual tour of the human body by displaying a 3D version of a 2D anatomic picture. AR can be used for countless purposes, sometimes academic, like anatomy 4D, and sometimes just for fun! Experiment with this technology for a product that will wow users of the future.

Ideas for the Future

Curious about mobile trends to come? Fueled founder Rameet Chawla has a couple of predictions. First, he thinks that tech is going to become increasingly wearable. The Apple Watch is just the beginning — soon, all devices will be out of our hands and more seamlessly integrated into our daily lives.

His second prediction is that gaming technology will creep into other types of apps, including social media. If game developers start using their expertise for non-gaming products, we’re going to see a lot of interesting innovations in the app market.

If your app is going stand the test of time, it has to be designed with the future in mind. Infinite Monkeys lets you take a shot at app-making, regardless of your tech experience. With your new knowledge about current app trends and an easy mechanism for creating your own product, you’re ready to make the next big thing.