The year 2017 is about to end, but not the craze for mobile apps. Over the past decade, the concept of mobile app development has completely revolutionized our world, offering new possibilities, and is still continuing to set the ground on fire. If you are excited to know which all mobile application development services will make 2018 sensational, check out the list below:


Blockchain has gained considerable attention in 2017 and will continue ruling the market in 2018. Blockchain- a decentralized and distributed digital ledger for recording details listed in block lessens the characteristics of duplicity from a digital asset-which solves the prevailing problem of double spending- making the blockchain mobile app development a profitable deal.

According to Capco which is a financial service business and technology consultant, 2018 will be the year of Blockchain technology, with trade finance and business-to-business payments as the key areas getting benefited from this technology.

AI and Chatbots

Apps are getting more intelligent and are learning the user preferences to deliver a better experience. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is serving business users with more robust insights using the advanced analytics, machine learning, and cognitive interfaces into complicated systems. Because of these advantages, reputed companies like Facebook, Google, eBay, and IBM have already started investing in this technology. This scenario will keep skyrocketing the market in 2018. Besides this, everyone will turn towards Virtual personal assistants, Chatbots, and Cybersecurity.


A new report from IDC (International Data Corporation) revealed that AI market will enjoy a revenue growth of nearly $47 billion in 2020. In fact, Yoo Hoi-jun- a professor in Korea Advanced Institute of Technology said that there are possibilities of using AI-chip equipped smartphones in the second half of the next year.


IoT remained a hype this year. Various inventions like Apple watches and Google’s Android Things has elevated the need for IoT adoption. The demand for connected things has risen, making the app developers build more innovative apps for smart devices. Therefore, the idea of smart cities, automotive industry, smart home, industrial IoT, smart retail and smart health will remain growing in 2018.

Researchers predicted that IoT (Internet of Things) will grow from $157.05 billion in the year 2016 to $661.74 billion by the year 2021. This will have a direct impact on the mobile application development as these devices are managed by smartphones.

Mobile Payment

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With the introduction of Apple Pay and Google Wallet, mobile apps payment is going to stay strong in 2018. The phase of mobile payments is evolving considerably with the introduction of new technologies and involvement of tech giants. As per Juniper Research, around 1.5 billion mobile wallets were used in 2017 around the world and this will continue in 2018. So, integrating your online store with a mobile payment gateway will be a must-have feature to rise in 2018.

AR and VR

Since 2016, we have witnessed AR (Augmented Reality) as a mobile app development trend with impressive AR-based apps like Pokemon Go and Sky Siege. This trend is expected to set the whole world by storm in the future. AR is expected to turn towards healthcare, retail, real estate and engineering industries, while VR (Virtual Reality) will continue to focus on the game and events domain.

Experts say that AR and VR will produce revenue of about $150 billion by 2020, which indicates it’s a market developers and enterprises cannot miss out.


Cloud-Based Applications

The cloud apps are designed to be accessed over the Internet, which means you can run them on any mobile platform. The developers building such apps need to write code for one version only; it will be accessible from any device with a browser and Internet connectivity. Also, as they are hosted on the cloud, they are more secure and so, will show a tremendous growth in the coming years.

Cloud-based apps will drive 90% of mobile data traffic by 2019.

Mobile App Security

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With people storing most of their personal details and content on their smartphones, the security of mobile application will remain a hype in the app development market.

“70% of mobile users will be doing their work on personal smartphones by 2018,” says Network World.

Since users are still not paying attention to the necessity of security, the mobile app developers will be working harder in this context. When talking about iOS application development, the app developers would be switching from Objective-C to Swift for developing appealing and secure iOS apps.

Gartner predicted that the sales of smartphones will touch the score of 2.1 billion by 2019, which clearly signifies the need for more mobile apps. In such a scenario, the competition is going to hit a new level. So, now as you know the technologies that are going to be trending in the mobile app development world for 2018, start working on them and rise above your competitors successfully.