In the last year we saw the emergence of some dynamic new trends which could potentially disrupt the app development industry as we have come to know it. Below we will outline two of the most noteworthy.
For years there has been an unrelenting debate as to which is the more ideal approach to applications, web versus native, which has yet to be truly resolved. In the meantime, however, we have seen the rise of a new technology referred to as progressive web. Google describes a progressive web application as a “web app [which] uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like user experience,” the idea being to bridge the gap between the two technologies in ways in which hybrid app technologies have failed. Progressive apps start as tabs in Chrome and become increasingly more app-like the more you interact with them, hence their namesake. They can also have to capability of accessing app like properties like notifications and availability offline. Keep an eye out for progressive web app developments in the coming year.