Mobile apps can be pretty unpredictable.  It’s difficult to know exactly what is going to be a hit.  It’s a little bit easier to determine what is going to be a flop.  As Los Angeles mobile app developers, we’ve ridden the rollercoaster that is development, and we’ve managed to have a lot of success doing so.  What we’ve learned to do is spot trends.  So where is the future of mobile app development heading?

EDUCATION – Gaming still takes the cake when it comes to the most popular category of mobile app.  But many are finding new uses for apps beyond simple entertainment, and that’s why a large portion of apps are currently being built for education.  We’ve even gotten in on this when we helped students at USC Annenberg launched ARchive, an augmented reality app for the Los Angeles Public Library.  As tablets continue to be worked into school and college curriculum there’s no reason to doubt that this trends will continue.

EARLY RELEASE – It’s all about launching your app early and being the first to capture the market.  Technology moves quick and your product could be left behind.  Releasing early allows developers to collect feedback from the customer that can help mold the app and lead to greater success.

WEARABLES – Wearables are the future.  It’s going to become more and more common for smart devices to be strapped to our bodies instead of held by our hands.   Smartwatches, smart glasses – these aren’t going anywhere, and guess what?  They need apps.   Apps will be what sets brands apart in the race for the wearable win.

NEW TECH – An app can’t just be an app, and there’s a trend toward adding additional features to stand out.  Things like augmented reality, voice command, and sensors are changing what an app can do.   Apps aren’t just made to look good.  They are a way to showcase technological advances, giving the user new experiences.

With Rootstrap we’re on the ground floor for many of these new and exciting mobile app innovations.  Maybe you have an idea for an app that you’d like to see come to life.  You can always contact us and we’ll see how we can help make it a reality.

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CEO and Co-founder of Rootstrap Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Rootstrap, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.