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[Infographic] How SAFE is the Cyber World?

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(This infographic on cyber security has been contributed by Vasilii Chekalov, noted digital entrepreneur) 

Top 15 App Ideas For 2019

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Are you one of those who feel that the mobile app market is already mature, and is slowing down? If yes, well…there’s news for you! On a YoY basis, the total number of app downloads is set to go up by >15% (205 billion in 2018 vs 178 billion in 2017) this year. Fast forward to 2022, and we will be looking at annual app store revenues in excess of $68 billion – with cumulative downloads going past the 255 billion mark. In terms of app availability, Google leads the way – with ~3.8 million applications available for download by the end of 2018 Q1 (Apple App Store, with 2 million apps, comes in at a distant second – with the Windows Store and the Amazon Appstore further behind). On average, 6100 Android apps and ~1450 iOS apps are launched every day – and there is no dearth of applications showcasing innovative ideas, and using the latest technologies. In today’s discussion, we will highlight some new app ideas for 2019:

  • App for smarter cooking ideas

    Online recipe portals and cookbooks are all very nice – but don’t we often come across otherwise interesting recipes, which include ingredients that are not available at the time? This new mobile application will take away that bit of inconvenience – by suggesting recipes on the basis of the stuff already available in the kitchen. All that the users will have to do is provide a full list of the cooking ingredients ready at hand – and the app will display multiple nice and tasty recipes using ONLY those ingredients. People will be able to vote recipes up and down, and there will also be a special ‘Recipe of the Day’ section (guess what…that will also be according to the ingredients you have!).

  • App for staying safe

    This one will be more in the form of a personal bodyguard app. There will be two options to register – either as a ‘general user’, or as a ‘security provider’. The latter would comprise of ex-policemen or military officers or retired army stuff, set to ensure that the civilians in their locality do not face any hooliganism or crime. Instead of pressing an SOS tab and waiting for the authorities to arrive, a general user – as and when confronted by a problem (thieves, eve-teasers, goons, etc.) – will only have to tap a button, to send emergency notifications to all the ‘security providers’ in the locality (say, within a 20 km radius). One of the ‘security providers’ will take up the job and arrive at the spot to deal with the problem. For women in particular, and anyone in an unknown, lonely neighbourhood in general, this app will offer just that extra level of safety assurance. The app should be made for both iOS and Android platforms.

  • App for finding quality home service supplies

    From pest control services and home heating & cooling equipments (HVAC) to gardening, home cleaning and furnishing services – there are a lot of things that homeowners need to keep an eye out for constantly. What’s more, these services are often not particularly inexpensive either. This new mobile application will look to build a community of local homeowners – who will be able to search and look through discounted home service offerings (posted by local, verified sellers). An individual homeowner will also be able to put up something (or some services, for that matter) for sale. There will be a real-time chat option as well, for users to participate in home decoration and maintenance-related discussions. Think of it this way – you need some plumbing done urgently, and you do not have to tag along to the plumbing store. A few taps on the app will bring you in contact with plumbing service providers, and that too at heavily discounted rates!

  • App for managing money (lent and borrowed)

    Personal finance management is tricky business. Different bills have different due dates, at times we have to borrow money from others (banks & individuals) – while keeping track of the money we lend is also important. Wouldn’t it be just great if there is a digital platform where all these details could be neatly organised and kept updated? That’s precisely what this mobile app (a web version would also be handy) will serve as. Users will have to enter the names of the borrowers and lenders, the respective amounts of money they owe or are supposed to get from them, the installment options, and the due dates. Changes, as and when they occur, have to be updated in the app. This innovative money-management application, on its part, will generate alarms as payment due date(s) approach (both for repayments as well as money receiving) – and will constantly give you an integrated picture of your finances. One glance at the app will tell you how much in the red, or green, you are at any point.

  • App for measuring crowd density

    Going to the coolest pub in town on a Friday night, only to find it overcrowded, can be a huge bummer. However, with the help of artificial intelligence capabilities and smart IoT sensors, we can easily have an app that would do away with such uncertainties. Before visiting any restaurant or pub, or any particular public place, users will be able to check out both the seating arrangements at the place, as well as the live crowd density over there at that point in time. For security purposes though, the faces of the people at that place will not be shown. Armed with the knowledge of how crowded (or deserted!) a place is at any time, the user can now take a call on whether (s)he would like to go over there.

  • App for prioritising tasks

    At home and at work, being able to prioritise tasks efficiently is a must-have quality for anyone. While this comes easily to some, there are many people who need a bit of help for this purpose. There are a few ‘task prioritisation apps’ on the Android platform – but since none of them are quite up to the mark yet – there is an opportunity to come up with an entirely new app (on both iOS and Android). On this app, prioritisation will be done on the basis of pairwise comparison. In other words, a user will have to list his pending tasks in pairs – compare them – and then decide which one is to be given higher priority. Once this is done for one pair of tasks, the next pair will be up for comparison. If a new task comes in, it will be compared pairwise with all the other existing tasks. The priority ordering can also be changed if the opinions of the user change. Once a full priority list is ready, an individual will be able to go about completing tasks systematically.

  • App for dressing up correctly

    All guys would love to dress up like Leonardo diCaprio, and every lady would die to get that Emma Watson look – but that does not always work out (or is even feasible!), right? What we CAN do is doing the best with the clothes and accessories that we already have in our wardrobes. This iPhone application with built-in AI capabilities (can also be made for Android) will serve as a helpful dressing guide. There will be a provision to store pictures of all the dresses a user has in the app (i.e., picture of clothes have to be imported in the app) – and on the basis of the occasion chosen (a business meeting, a cocktail party, a birthday celebration, and the like) – the perfect dress suggestions will be displayed. A user will also have the option to check out a virtual version of him/herself in the suggested dress combination. Instead of having to fumble through clothes and being uncertain about what would go with what – people will be able to rely on this app as his/her new fashion advisor!

  • App for thought reading

    This will be an attempt to take social networking to the next level. Once a user puts in whatever he is thinking of at any moment in the app – (s)he will be instantaneously be able to see whether there are others (fellow app-users, obviously) who are thinking along the same lines in the locality (say, within a 15-25 meter boundary). After finding like-minded people with the same thoughts, the user can send along a friend request to him/her, chat with him/her anonymously, or even schedule an actual face-to-face meeting. Of course, the other person will have the option of rejecting any incoming friend request. Security might emerge as an issue – and app developers have to make sure that users have to complete their profile information – in order to be able to register on the app.

  • App for keeping pets healthy

    There are pet care apps by the dozen in the stores, and we are not proposing to build just another clone of those. This one will be different – since it will only focus on the health parameters and activities of your beloved canine or feline buddy. The quantity, type and intervals of food intake will be tracked, along with heart rates and the amount of time walked or spent in other activities (via GPS). Pet-owners can also get in touch with professional vets instantly through the app, and seek help in case of emergencies. There will also be an option to upload HQ images of dogs and cats on the app, and sharing them with pet-doctors, to get a quick health feedback. Apart from these, there can be a dedicated section for curated, highly informative pet care articles from leading journals. Keeping our pets happy is our responsibility – and this all-new application would help us in fulfilling that better.

  • App for getting the lyrics of a song

    Yes, there are hundreds of sites where you can look up for the lyrics of songs. However, it is pretty common for a tune to just sit in our head – and we can’t help but hum it along. In such cases, not knowing the lyrics – and not being able to search for it (for example, if the tune just comes while driving or while traveling in the subway) – can be distinctly irritating. This iPhone music app will offer a quicker, better solution. The user will have to launch it, move to the ‘Hear Tune’ screen’, and hum the piece of music. The app will identify the tune (by matching it with the huge collection in its database) – and instantly display the lyrics. There can also be a daily challenge section – where the lyrics of a song will be displayed, and users have to sing it in the correct tune.

  • App to plan weekend with buddies

    Let’s take a pause and think – how many of our ‘besties’ and ‘BFFs’ do we actually manage to keep regularly in touch with, once college is over (‘Hi’-s over Facebook do not count)? Not many – and that can’t be helped – given the busy lifestyles of each one of us. The only time to meet up is during the weekends, and an app can be made to sync the fun weekend plans of close, long-term friends. To start off with, a user has to invite friends and create a list of buddies (a community of old friends, so to speak). Once that is done, people can start sharing their weekend moods and plans. Friends who are looking to do something on similar lines can fix up meetings and plan outings, or meals, or games, together. In life, we keep losing friends – and this app will look to ensure that will no longer be the case.

  • App to become an expert in dating

    There is no dearth of mobile dating apps out there. But what if a user looks for a date, finds a very nice person of the opposite gender, fixes a romantic dinner – but then feels stage fright, simply because (s)he is not a good conversationalist? These are the situations that cry out for ‘wingmen’ (as Barney Stinson of HIMYM would refer to them!) – people who can advise on what to say and what to avoid during a date. Simulated conversations on a variety of topics during a date can be viewed (these will be like case study videos!). An individual will also be able to ask specific questions to the experts, and be guided accordingly. Records of a date can be uploaded for feedback. This won’t be just another dating app where singles look for partners – it will be a digital assistant to help users put their best foot forward during those long-anticipated dates.

  • App to make the best use of time

    This will be an iPhone self-help app with a twist. For all the good points about social media and video-streaming applications – the fact of the matter is, many people tend to spend way too much time on them. The new app will serve as a tool…a constant reminder…to get rid of such addictions. It will be able to record the number of minutes a person spends on Netflix or Facebook or Snapchat or Instagram – and then list out a series of alternative things (more productive activities) that could have been done in that time. In terms of economics, the app will help users realise the ‘opportunity cost of time’ that they often fritter away. In the 120 minutes of sitting through an unremarkable movie – a person could have done some yoga, done a bit of cooking, read a book, or even caught up on some sleep. That’s precisely the sort of information this app will deliver.

  • App to keep track of expiry dates

    People buy more stuff than they need to at any time – there’s no two ways about this. Now, these things have certain expiry dates – and if they are not fully used up by that time (so often, they aren’t) – these go to waste. Here is an idea to minimise such wastages, and keep track of all the things that a particular user buys. (S)he has to scan every item with an expiry date (medicines, sauces & ketchups, creams, and others) – for storing the information within the app. As the expiry dates come close (say, from 20 days before the expiry date), the app will generate alarms – indicating the date AND the item under question. Two potential problems will be handled by this app – neither would too many things be wasted, nor will people face the dangers of using any product after its expiry date.

  • App with AR capabilities to scan people

    How much do you know about the person sitting across the table from you? Only the bits (s)he decides to tell you – and maybe the information you manage to gather by ‘Googling’ that person’s name. It would be decidedly more convenient if there is an augmented reality-powered application – that can scan people’s faces, and aggregate all the information available on them on a single screen. Once again, security can be a potential pain point – and only authenticated users will be allowed to use the app. The process is simple – launch the app, point your device at the other person’s face, and get all the information about him/her at your fingertips…in a matter of seconds!

There can be a cross-platform social app for all the grandparents out there, eager to stay in touch with their grandsons/granddaughters (with real-time chat and file sharing options). A dedicated communication app for researchers would allow professionals from across the world – with differing climatic, geographical and economic/political conditions – compare and exchange notes. For tourists, there can be an iOS/Android app for connecting them with verified tour guides – saving them from falling in the clutches of fraudsters.

We are continually moving towards a ‘XXX-as-a-Service’ world – with the benefits of on-demand service apps more evident than ever before. As such, we can reasonably expect more such apps – following applications like Uber and Swiggy and Grofers – to be launched in 2019. New app ideas – with interesting uses of cutting-edge technologies – are being floated, and we can look forward to many innovative mobile applications hitting the stores next year.

Apps slowing down? Not a chance!

Top 12 Mobile App Development Trends To Watch Out For In 2019

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The popularity of mobile applications is soaring higher than ever, putting to rest speculations of whether this market has entered a mature stage. While the average per-session app activity duration (i.e., the time spent on apps) grew only by 6% on a YoY basis last year – users are increasingly turning their attention to newer applications, incorporating more innovative technologies that can disrupt day-to-day lives and make things just that bit easier. The old adage – ‘there is an app for that‘ – has never been truer.

This ever-growing interest in new mobile apps has, in turn, resulted in a surge of consumer spendings at the app stores over the last few quarters. By the end of this year, this figure will stand at ~$115 billion, nearly 28% more than the total spendings in 2017. The robust demand figures are also causing professional mobile app developers to come up with newer and better software products in general, and smartphone applications in particular. The app industry is constantly evolving, and we will here look at some interesting mobile app development trends that are likely to dominate in 2019:

  1. M-commerce apps are set to surge

    At the end of 2015, the global mobile payments market was worth $450 billion. Cut to 2019, and that figure will jump to $1086 billion (well over double) – underlining the exponential rate at this sector is growing. In a recent survey in North America, it was found that 2 out of every 3 advertisers/sellers with dedicated shopping applications generate more than 60% of their business leads over mobile. In these markets, 44% of all sales take place via mobile apps – well over the 33% share of desktop (website) and 23% of mobile web. Across the world, more and more customers are completing purchases on their phones – thanks to the ready availability, and robust security, of shopping applications. The growth of m-commerce transactions is also being driven by the high adoption rates of mobile wallets (projected to touch $6.1 billion in value by 2022). In the next year and beyond, expect more m-commerce/shopping apps to be launched in the stores, along with other new mobile wallet applications.

Note: The number of apps with Apple Pay integrations or Google Pay integrations is also set to rise.

  1. Further growth in cloud applications

    The overall Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market is growing at a mighty impressive CAGR of ~18.2% (2017-2021). The market for cloud applications alone is expected to grow to $68 billion by the final quarter of 2019 – a 123% increase over the corresponding figure in 2014. With memory/storage space and other device-specific limitations becoming increasingly prominent – users are, not surprisingly, showing their preference to store critical, confidential big data on the cloud (once again, security is a key factor over here). Within the next couple of years or so, cloud-based apps are expected to contribute a whopping 90%+ of the total volume of mobile traffic worldwide. Compared to this year, mobile cloud traffic will spike by around 10% in 2019. New software from mobile app companies are almost certain to have seamless cloud storage and support features – with strong authentication/safety assurances and easy accessibility options. The future of mobile apps is in the cloud!

Note: On average, more than 1400 cloud services are used by an enterprise. Clearly, the scope for business cloud applications to grow is huge.

  1. Rise & rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning

    Mobile apps with built-in AI support will become even more mainstream in 2019 and beyond. ‘Intelligent’ digital assistants like Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa are showing the way – and the impact of ‘robots’ in day-to-day activities will increase considerably in the foreseeable future. Already, 4 out of every 10 business houses make use artificial intelligence, and the more refined machine learning techniques, to deliver optimized customer service (think of the shopping apps with AI-based chat support, to guide buyers along, and even help them complete transactions). A big factor in the rising influence of AI and ML in mobile app development has been the growing popularity of chatbots. At a conservative estimate, chatbot applications can generate yearly savings of up to $7.5 billion for businesses. The value of the worldwide AI industry will go past $1.2 trillion in 2019 – and we will be looking at a bigger-than-ever pool of ‘intelligent applications’. Right from voice search, predictive text for easier typing and GPS route suggestions, to email classifications, quick & correct translations, and email/photo classifications – AI can increase the usability of mobile apps in a myriad of ways.

Note: The demand for personalized app experiences is higher than ever among end-users, and AI can play a big role in delivering that.

  1. On-demand apps will continue to rule

    Apps like Uber and Lyft have completely revolutionized the concept of ‘hailing a taxi’. Food delivery, laundry services, product delivery, cleaning & pest control are some other fields where on-demand mobile applications are making their presence felt. Expect this trend to gather further momentum over the next half a decade or so – with on-demand services becoming available for many other use cases. Scalability, customizability and, of course, convenience are the three pillars on the basis of which the popularity of these applications are growing. Before 2018 rolls to an end, the on-demand mobile app economy will become a $59 billion sector. With constantly increasing user-bases and surging revenues, this sector will go up further in future.

Note: In 2018 Q1, Uber’s revenues jumped by 70% (amidst speculations over the company’s profits). Mobile on-demand apps are already strong…and growing stronger.

  1. Greater focus on ‘smarter’ apps

    The number of total app downloads has undergone a ~5X increase from 2012 to 2017 (57.2 billion vs 255 billion). Keeping pace with that has been the growth of the global market for internet of things (IoT) – from less than $3 trillion in 2014 to almost $8.99 trillion by the turn of the decade. Worldwide investments and spending on ‘connected gadgets’ is set to breach the $1 trillion mark by 2021 (the 2017-2021 CAGR will be more than 14%). From healthcare, energy and retail services, to education, smart agriculture and smart cities – IoT applications are being put to use in many new and innovative scenarios. LoRa technology and blockchain technology are also growing at a rapid clip – and combined with IoT, they can lead to the creation of truly powerful and useful new applications. Lack of complete awareness and specialized skills remain a challenge though – and going forward, the onus will be on professional mobile app developers to be familiar with the latest developments in IoT and smart things. The need to ‘stay connected’ is greater than ever for the average user, and IoT apps can be extremely useful.

Note: There will be >20400 million installed IoT units in 2020. The current figure is around 11000 million units. Consumer apps are the biggest users of the technology, although IoT-powered business applications are also on the rise.

  1. More apps for wearables

    In 2019, the total sales of wearable devices is expected to be well over 250 million units (in 2014, a year before Apple Watch burst onto the scene, the total shipment figure was less than 30 million). On a YoY basis, there will be a 36% growth in the value of the market for wearables across the globe. The remarkable growth in wearable technology is, in turn, revving up the demand for custom apps for wearables. A recent report pegged the 2016-2020 CAGR for the global wearable apps market at 57% – a far cry from the scenario even a couple of years back, when there was a serious dearth of good-quality apps for smartwatches. The launch of free and multi-featured fitness bands/sports bands is a key factor fueling this growth. Apart from smartwatches, the market for more innovative wearables – on-body sensors, smart jewelry, mobile communication tools, etc – is also growing fast. Leading app development agencies have already turned their attentions on making apps for wearable tech – and this trend will continue in 2019 and beyond.

Note: The wearable tech market is projected to breach the $100 billion mark in 2023, and the $150 billion mark in 2026.

  1. Advantages of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) will become more apparent

    Ever since its arrival in 2015, accelerated mobile pages (AMP) has continued to grow. Thanks to the considerably faster loading of mobile pages, problems like ‘lazy loading’ – and related customer negative impressions – have become a thing of the past. In fact, a study found that AMP pages are ~84% faster than regular mobile web pages. The enhanced clickability, improved UX, and strong reliability and availability assurances of AMPs also push up the overall visitor/traffic figures – while minimising the average bounce rates. The fact that AMPs can be displayed in a customised manner on the different browsers – delivering a seamless end-user experience – is yet another big factor. Over the next few years, the popularity of accelerated mobile pages will continue to soar – and for businesses, managing/updating web pages on the go will become easier than ever before.

Note: By 2017, nearly 4.5 billion AMPs had been published. Nearly 30 million domains were in active usage, for creating AMPs.

  1. App security to remain under focus

    Last year, the total volume of mobile malware increased by more than 20%. There has been a series of high-profile software/cloud security breaches – leading to the theft/misuse of private and personal data. The number of malicious applications is constantly rising – and according to a report, by 2019, the frequency of ‘smartphone infections’ will nudge the 1% mark (i.e., 1 out of every 100 smartphones will be affected in some way or the other by buggy/malicious software). In such a situation, it is only natural that concerns over the security and data-safety features of mobile applications are increasing. App-makers and software testers have to realize that, if a user has any doubts over the security standards of an app, (s)he will not download it (and there are hordes of alternatives available). All types of potential risks that a new application can face – right from insecure data storage, absence of state-of-the-art binary protections, and authentication/authorization problems, to injections from the client-side, unforeseen data leakages, DDoS attacks and problematic server-side controls – have to be identified and thoroughly checked. Smartphone-owners, on their part, should know better than to download every new app that hits the store(s).

Note: Increased mobility is directly proportional to chances of security breaches, according to nearly 63% app-users.

  1. Role of AR/VR in mobile app development

    Gone are the days when virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies were deemed to be for high-end gaming applications only. While apps like Real Strike and Pokemon Go are definitely showing the potential of AR-based gaming, use of applications powered by augmented reality is expanding in both the enterprise space and the consumer space. Asia-Pacific has emerged as a fastest growing geographical area of the global mobile AR market – with the latter slated to reach $80 billion by the end of 2022. Dedicated AR applications will go up by almost three times in the 2018-2022 time span (4680 million in 2022; 1570 million in 2018). By the next year itself, the total count of AR/VR based apps will go beyond 5 billion. Developers have understood the need to deliver more immersive, innovative, 360° experiences to final users – and as such, they are trying to incorporate AR modules in their apps, to drive up engagement levels.

Note: The key here lies in using AR/VR in a way that actually enhances the functionality and value of mobile applications. Using the technology just for the heck of it will not be advisable.

     10. Android Instant Apps are growing rapidly

The launch of Android Instant Apps in 2016 changed a lot of things. For starters, it started giving customers the opportunity to check out the flagship content of any app, without having to download and install the full application. In addition, Instant Apps have also been statistically proven to have reduced frictions in app-usage and app-dropoffs after single use. By the first half of this year, the user-base of Instant Apps had expanded beyond 500 million devices. A common pain point of many Android-users across the world is the lack of storage space on their devices – and Instant Apps solve this problem nicely, since no full installations are required. In March 2018, Google unveiled Play Instant for third-party Android game developers. There are question marks over whether the growing popularity of Instant Apps might have a negative impact on app download figures – but for now, it can be said with confidence that Android Instant Apps are here to stay.

Note: With the help of Instant Apps, Dotloop managed to bring about a 62% increase in user-engagement levels. Jet has also managed to boost conversion figures by nearly 28%.

      11. Beacon technology to play a bigger role

With a projected CAGR of 130%+ for the next half a decade, beacons are probably the sub-sector of mobile technology to really look out for in 2019. The face-off between Apple iBeacon (the leader, with more than 50% market share) and the Google Eddystone platform will be fascinating – with both having multiple innovative connectivity features and high-end capabilities. Within the next couple of years, the world will have over 500 million bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacon units – and the overall beacons market will race past the $25 billion mark in 2024. Mobile apps powered by beacon technology and strong geolocation support find acceptance in a number of sectors, with the retail industry being right at the forefront (serving as coupon aggregators). By 2020, beacon technology will start to create 1.6 billion retail coupons on a yearly basis. Once again, specialized knowledge and skills will be required to implement beacon tech in mobile applications.

Note: Progressive web apps (PWAs) will also continue to grow in 2019 and beyond, albeit at lower rates. PWAs are relatively less complex, and hence, are easier to develop.

       12. Growing importance of low-code development

Platforms like Zoho Creator, Appian, Outsystems and Microsoft PowerApps are changing the process of mobile app development for a vast cross-section of developers. These are the low-code app development platforms (LCDPs) - and their adoption is already high, and set to grow further over the coming years. This June, Mendix Assist became the world’s very first LCDP powered by artificial intelligence (AI). There are, however, two points of concerns over here: firstly, many of these platforms are not necessarily ‘low code’ per se, but have quite a lot of ‘hidden codes’, which clients cannot see. Secondly, there are speculations over whether LCDPs can ‘replace’ human developers in the long-run (not likely, since skilled coders will always be required to monitor and manage these platforms). The global LCDP market has already moved past $15 million – and by the end of 2022, the value of this sector will be just a shade under $27.5 million.

Note: Nearly 1 out of every 4 LCDP-user starts out with negligible programming knowledge. 71% users, on average, can start making apps with these platforms within a time-frame of 3 months (or less).

Cross-platform app development is yet another thing that will continue to grow bigger in 2019, The market for specialized cross-platform tools is growing at a CAGR of 37% – and platforms like React Native are being increasingly used (iOS and Android). The focus of mobile app developers will squarely be on coming up with top-class UX solutions. Applications that deliver true value AND are easy to use are the ones that will succeed.

These are exciting times in the mobile app market, with the latest technologies (like AI, AR, Blockchain and IoT) ushering in a stage of transition. One thing is for certain though: this market is not going to slow down anytime in the foreseeable future!