According to the research titled “Digital 2023: Global Overview Report,” the total number of mobile applications that were downloaded in 2022 reached an astounding 254.9 billion throughout the globe. This figure represents a 25 billion jump over the previous year’s total downloads. During the same time period, total consumer expenditure on such items hit a record high of 167.1 billion dollars. Therefore, one of the areas of the international information technology business that is expanding at the quickest rate is most certainly mobile software.
We contacted Sergei Moskvin, one of the most successful app developers for iOS and other Apple platforms, who has more than 10 years of expertise in this field, in order to learn about the latest developments in mobile application development. Sergei was able to experience numerous phases in the development of this business because of the lengthy and fruitful profession he had built for himself. Because of this, we decided to have a conversation with him about the present tendencies in mobile development in the year 2023, as well as to inquire about his ideas on other probable vectors of its development over the course of the next few years.
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Top 5 Trends in the Modern Mobile Development Field
Craving for Innovations
“As recently as five years ago, it was safe to say that one of the key trends in mobile development was a simple mass adoption of mobile technology as deeply as possible into the everyday life of the typical person. But now, it’s safe to say that one of the big trends in mobile development is a complex mass adoption of mobile technology as deeply as possible into everyday life. Messengers, pocket internet stores, taxi services, food delivery services, mobile banking, and a great many more services are all examples. But Sergei makes the point that in the modern era, it is not sufficient for any ambitious and actively expanding firm to give its customers a straightforward mobile service, even if it is fairly handy; rather, if you want to be competitive, you need to look after groundbreaking developments.
“At this point, nobody is interested in merely placing an order for clothing or furniture through an online retailer.” Augmented reality can make it possible for them to try on those garments without leaving the comfort of their own home or even having to get off the sofa. Instead, what they want to do is try on those items without leaving their room. If the only thing a banking app lets you do is check the current balance of your accounts and make online purchases, then this financial institution is completely technologically behind the times. According to Sergei Moskvin, a truly modern banking service in the year 2023 will certainly allow, for instance, to invest money in complex financial instruments literally with one tap. It will also give parents the opportunity to easily control their child’s pocket expenses while teaching them fundamental financial literacy in a way that is both effective and playful.
Governments Joining the Technology Race
According to Sergei, the shift that has become really noticeable in the way that various countries around the world are paying proper attention to current mobile technologies in order to finally begin to fully provide their citizens with modern and convenient government services and facilities has only really taken place in the past two to three years.
All-electronic identification cards and driver’s licenses, online applications for government services that can be submitted directly from your mobile device screen, full legal regulation of cryptocurrencies, and even the ability to compose digital testaments are examples of products and services that represent significant advances for the inefficient bureaucratic machinery of any modern state. The fact that this technical vector is now delineated clearly is already a huge step forward, despite the fact that in certain places such a trend is already quite actively developing while in other places it is still in an emerging stage.
“However, in that part of the world, civil society must constantly exercise caution. Unfortunately, contemporary technology may serve not only democracy, freedom of speech, and other inalienable human rights, but they can also occasionally become new instruments for covert surveillance of individuals, means of more effective political repression, and otherwise serve undemocratic political regimes. This is a double-edged sword, since democracy, freedom of speech, and other inalienable human rights are all inalienable human rights. Sadly, obvious indications of this can already be seen in several nations.”
The Calm Before the Potential Storm
On the basis of his significant professional experience, Sergei Moskvin observes that there is currently a simultaneous global slowdown in the speed of development of mobile technologies. This is despite the global appetite for innovation that was stated before.
“At the turn of the noughties and the tens, innovative, forward-looking technologies, applications, and services that altered our everyday existence were launching virtually every day. When compared to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is a significant improvement, and the iOS 5 operating system, when compared to the iOS 4 operating system, officially contains as many as 200 additional functions. These types of statistics just do not exist in modern times at all any longer. There are still new generations of popular mobile devices and operating systems released each year, but can you mention at least a dozen changes that are actually noteworthy in iOS 17 compared to its most recent major version?”
In spite of this, according to Sergei, the current scenario is quite typical for situations of this nature. The pace of technological advancement is typically quite rapid, moving quickly from one revolution to the next. According to him, the most recent technological “revolution” came in 2007, when Apple introduced the world to its first iPhone, which brought about a sea change in how people thought about computers, the internet, and many other aspects of day-to-day life over the next decade. We’ve come a very far way on that ‘fuel,’ but it seems like we’re going to have to switch to something else now. By the way, we could be standing somewhere on its boundary right now, but we just aren’t aware of it yet.”
Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Generative Artificial Intelligence
In spite of the fact that machine learning and neural networks are still most commonly connected with the backend, Sergei Moskvin asserts that they are becoming an increasingly significant component in the realm of contemporary mobile technology. The concept of a traditional top smartphone precludes the inclusion of a separate processor for neural network computation at this point in time. And machine learning is being integrated into an increasing number of the services we are accustomed to using.
“The most glaring illustration of this point is seen in contemporary smartphone photography. The majority of smartphone manufacturers have made enormous strides in recent years toward developing self-learning machine-learning algorithms for image processing. This is despite the fact that most existing optical sensors have to be incorporated in inexorably smaller physical housings, which is a restriction that hinders physical growth.
Over the course of the past year, generative artificial intelligence in the form of ChatGPT has been the source of a lot of controversy. It has already had a significant impact on the direct production of software; nowadays, there is scarcely a programmer who does not make use of generative artificial intelligence in his work as an efficient tool for enhancing his own productivity. It should come as no surprise that this also completely applies to mobile app developers.
By the way, it is quite possible that neural networks may very soon become the “fuel” for the next technological revolution that I described before. They have already made significant strides toward achieving their goal of revolutionizing a great many things, and it is likely that this is only the top of the iceberg. On the other hand, blockchain technology likewise promised us some time ago that it would usher in a genuine revolution; yet, as the years pass, the excitement around this technology appears to be gradually but surely diminishing.
Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
According to Sergei, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are yet other not-new but extremely promising fields of mobile technology.
“Quite and very good looking are Apple’s new advances, which were ultimately disclosed last summer but have not yet been delivered as a ‘Vision Pro’ mixed reality headset. The business markets its new product not as just another pair of smart glasses or another MR helmet, both of which are previously available and hence cannot be counted individually, but rather as nothing less than the world’s first full-fledged ‘patial computer.’ This positioning seems extremely serious, and I would like to assume that the organization has really strong reasons to name it thus in order to differentiate itself from other options. In any case, Apple’s track record throughout history demonstrates that the company excels at developing products that actually transform markets. Despite this, accidents are still capable of happening at any time, and nobody is safe from them.
According to Sergei Moskvin, many different types of such gadgets and software have been available for purchase on the market for a considerable amount of time; nevertheless, their competent realization in such a manner as to eventually exceed the level of merely being “cool trinkets” is the very border that no one has been able to cross yet. And he thinks that Apple may finally be getting close to reaching that significant technical milestone.
“After all, no one knows or can know how things will turn out in the end and where the next technological breakthrough is waiting for us—will it be VR/AR/MR, or machine learning and artificial intelligence, or quantum computing, or something completely different that doesn’t even exist yet and that we don’t even know about.” [Citation needed] “After all, no one knows or can know how things will turn out in the end and where the next technological breakthrough is waiting for us. In the meanwhile, all that we need to do is follow the advice that Steve Jobs gave, which was to “stay hungry, stay foolish,” and we should never stop looking, discovering, and developing new things.