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Popular Mobile App Development Trends for 2017 in Dubai, UAE


Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. Using Smartphones we do so many of our daily tasks like waking up with alarm clock, using WhatsApp, reading news, listening to music, watching videos, checking emails etc. Currently, more than 2 Billion people all over the world are using Smartphones. The mobile application development industry in UAE is also adopting these latest technology and trends that will shape the UAE markets in 2017 and beyond. This industry is witnessing rapid changes and till now there have already been a lot of innovations and inventions but still there is a lot to come.

There are many innovative trends which are being followed by the mobile app development companies in Dubai. Here we will discuss about the current mobile application development trends which are going to rule Dubai in 2017.

Wearable Gadgets

As per the latest report, the market for wearable devices is going to experience a CAGR of more than 20% leading to 213.6 million units shipped in 2020. We have already seen some amazing wearable devices this year like Apple Watch Series 1, Pebble 2, Xiami Mi Band 2, Google Daydream etc.These devices prove that wearable devices is not restricted to only healthcare industry and it is one of the most promising mobile app development trends for 2017.

Two large companies Apple and Microsoft are playing important role in bringing up the change from basic wearable to smart ones by launching the Microsoft Hololens and Apple watches respectively. These valuable devices are making the human machine relationship more interactive and thereby improve the services in various fields like fitness, sports, fashion, healthcare etc.

Rise of M-Commerce

Now days, instead of using credit and debit cards, large number of customers are preferring to make purchases through Google Wallet and Apple Pay. This has given significant rise to M-Commerce. Incorporating wearable devices with M-Commerce payment facility will become even more innovative and popular in 2017. Other than predictive analytics and data collection, wearable will also play a significant role in the future of M-Commerce and customer satisfaction.

AI (Artificial Intelligence)

As per recent report, there will be more than 300% increase in investment on artificial intelligence in 2017 as compared to last year. Using advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces into complex systems and machine learning technology, AI will be more prominently used in smartphones and related devices.

Therefore the big companies like Google, IBM, Facebook etc. have already started acquiring startups which are doing research in Artificial Intelligence. We have already witnessed some of the amazing AI apps like Siri, Prisma, Google Now and we expect much more in 2017 and beyond, making AI in mobile application development as a major trend. The combination of AI and the mobile applications is really changing the face of technology and taking the mobile application to a whole new level in the future.

IoT (Internet of Things)

As per the recent report, there will be more than 26 billion devices which will be connected by 2020 including the smart objects like Toys, Sports equipments, LED light bulbs, domestic appliances, medical devices, and the controllable power sockets etc. These objects which are used at homes are going to be worked as a part of Internet of Things and going to operate the things via your Smartphones.
Hence the Smartphones work remotely and will control all the domestic devices. The mobile devices will be able to display and analyze the information of the domestic appliances. Microsoft is doing great research in this segment and software companies like SAP, Internet of Things Solutions, Intelligent System Services are also doing research in IoT and are applying the IoT capabilities to their products.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Even if some people are not much familiar with the mobile application development technology but they are aware of the term VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). These are the latest and advanced technologies that are bringing great revolution in the gaming and entertainment industries.

Pokemon Go, myNav, Sky Siege etc. are various VR based games which were launched recently in 2016. There are several devices like Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard etc. which are VR based devices that are getting popular day by day. The VR and AR are evolving everyday and will be key trends in the mobile app development industry during and beyond 2017.

Usage of Swift Programming Language

Swift is the mobile app development language which is created by Apple to develop mobile apps for its iOS platform. Swift is a reliable programming language that plays an important role in the increase of speed of developed applications and also reduce the cost of creation. One of the most popular feature of Swift is interactive playground which allows the app developers to make quick changes into the snippet of the app code without even recompiling and fixing the errors while examining the results or output on the device.
Other important feature of Swift are Automated Memory Management and Inferred Types. The trend of using Swift for the iOS mobile app development in place of Objective-C will be a major trend for next couple of years.

UI/UX Getting More Importance

UI/UX (User interface and user experience) has been important part of mobile app development since beginning but with the latest trend it is getting much more important. Now there are many tools available in the market to build innovative user interfaces that creates memorable experiences for mobile app users. With this trend, more and more new tools will be launched to put more emphasis on user experience and it will transform it into more creative and attractive process. The users are now attracted towards mobile applications more because of the effective display of data and the meaningful content of the mobile interface. Most of the successful mobile applications have developed an intuitive design and interactive mobile interface.

Cross Platform Mobile Applications

The cross platform mobile applications are the apps which can be used on any of the mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Windows or Blackberry. It involves the development of the application in a particular sort of environment which allows the developers to develop it for as many platforms as they want. The cross platform development tools play the important role in the mobile application development for many platforms. These tools are easy to use and based on the common programming languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


As the number of smartphone users is expanding rapidly hence more and more new types of mobile apps will be launched using some of the above mentioned technologies in many domains and areas of businesses. These trends will make sure that new technologies will keep on coming and major companies will keep on increasing their research on these trends and these trends will definitely shape the future of mobile app development industry.

Xicom accelerates Growth with Opening of New Office in Dubai, UAE

Xicom Technologies, the leading software development company, recently opened a new office at 303-10 Opal Tower, Business Bay, Dubai UAE to accommodate rapid growth and leverage the area’s high technology talent pool and to serve its clients in more efficient and faster way. New Office expansion will enable Xicom Technologies to accelerate growth in software development services including Web Application development and Mobile App development.

In addition to its offices in India and USA, the new office will support the company’s growth strategy. In recent years, Xicom has developed software applications and mobile apps for so many clients in the middle east and Dubai region. This new office will enable Xicom to provide easy access and fast service to these customers.

As Xicom was witnessing high growth globally, hence the decision to expand it’s presence in Dubai is a logical one. Dubai is a financial hub and using new office the company can broadly offer the benefits of its high quality software development services to its clients in the Middle Eastern / GCC Region.

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