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Back to the Future: How apps are predicted to grow over time

Technology is still a rather recent invention, with its roots only beginning to grow twenty years ago.


So, it’s no surprise that mobile phones apps are still considered as one of the more recent steps in technology. Having everything you need in one handy space, like on your phone, is still a new concept.


However, just because something is still classed as relatively new, doesn’t exempt it from change.


In the past few years, we have seen apps come into a life of their own. Of course, they’ve been an established medium since the beginning of the 2010’s, however, with recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR), it’s no surprise that apps are beginning to morph into a new form.


When you take the above into consideration, many theorise how the technological landscape may change within the next few years.


So far, the general theories are:


· AR: We’ve already seen the way in which AR has dominated mobile phone apps with the rise of games such as Pokemon Go. These apps are all about putting the user in the middle of the game, and offering them an immersive experience.


· Virtual reality (VR): While we haven’t yet perfected wearable VR, there are many places around the globe that offer an immersive VR experience. If you’re unfamiliar with VR, then essentially, it’s a space where you don a mask that notes your movements and tricks you into believing you are somewhere else; it has shown to be particularly popular with gamers. With the growth of VR and wearable headsets, it’s no surprise to many people that smartphone creators (such as Apple or Samsung) are beginning to take the early steps into creating wearable devices that integrate VR technology.


· Real-life connection: Currently, our mobile apps are limited to just within our phones, however, many experts predict that this could change within a few years as more businesses become technology literate. Apps like IKEA Place are a good example of how apps are beginning to integrate themselves into a real-life space. Even recreational events such as shopping are beginning to shift from needing to physically be there to relying on AR instead.

At the end of the day, all we can do is predict from the patterns that are already forming within our society. However, if things continue the way they are now, we can prepare for a new world to dominate our society very soon.

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