Not only the number of apps, but also the turnover has risen considerably in recent years. To compare: in the first hour of 2017, the App Store has converted $ 4.9 million. This is more than the total turnover of 2008! The growth of the market in apps can also be seen in the fact that the advertising budget for app installations rises by about 30 million per year. This article charts the most important developments and app trends for 2018.

July 10, 2008, the date the App Store opened for iOS. The App Store consisted of only 500 apps. At that time, five hundred apps were ridiculously high and everyone thought that the App Store was saturated. However, nothing turned out to be true, because the market in apps has grown rapidly over the past nine years. In 2008, the app trends of 2018 could not be predicted. Five hundred apps, that number is now completely negligible. Currently there are currently 2.2 million apps in the App Store and 2.8 million apps available in the Google Play Store.

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and chatbots
Artificial intelligence has become mainstream and can be applied in daily apps, including in chat apps. Google is extremely hard at investing in AI to extend their services and products. Last year, Google already implemented AI in existing Google apps. For example, Google Photos now has the possibility to search for cat pictures, for example, without having to give in advance in which picture cats are to be seen.

This is all possible through artificial intelligence. In addition, Google has also released a chatbot under the name Google Assistant. Compare Google Assistant with Jarvis from Iron Man, a chatbot who answers all questions and also takes context into account. Do you have it via WhatsApp, for example, with someone to go to the movie Iron Man tonight? When you ask Google Assistant: "What time is running the film?", The chatbot knows immediately which movie you have.

2. Digital twins in the Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) was born between 2008 and 2009 (pdf), a year after the App Store. As can be seen in the graph below, the interest in making all appliances in the home smarter has increased every year since then.
Not only the interest has grown, the market is also picking up. It is expected that in 2018 more household appliances will be connected to the internet than smartphones and tablets.

The combination of artificial intelligence and smart homes has led to voice activated smart homes. These are smart AI interfaces that allow you to talk to interact with your smart home. For example, you can ask if your smart home can automatically lock the back door if it is after 10 o'clock in the evening.

3. Speed ​​is the key
Data bundles have grown considerably in the past year. Nowadays almost no one is satisfied with a bundle of one gigabyte. The speed has also increased considerably. Why? Because everyone wants to have everything at hand. Wait for a minute to load your e-mail? Not really! But it does not stop there, web pages and apps also become faster and faster.

4. Growth in health apps
The mobile health market is growing by more than 10 percent in 2018 and is in a rising growth. With the arrival of smart wearables , health can be monitored in real time. For example, the Apple Watch can detect when you have a heart rhythm disorder. The more sensors wearables get, the more data there is to measure health.

Due to the rapid growth of the possibilities of wearables, I expect that this app trend in 2018 will have major health consequences. The increasingly sophisticated hardware ensures that health care does not have to come on the market with its own devices to monitor patients. The number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths, due to a natural cause, are likely to drop due to availability.

5. Augmented Reality
With augmented reality (AR) information about reality is laid. You still see the people and objects around you, but extra information is added. A good example can be found at IKEA, where you can see with augmented reality whether a particular armchair fits well in your interior, without having to move furniture.

As this technology is not hidden anymore, many other furniture manufacturers are considering to develop similar apps solutions for their business needs and public demands. If you're a business owner, architecture for home interior designed, you can easily create your app using Augmented reality technology. There are qualified engineers and talented professionals at jasoren who have a vast experience in software development. You will know how much time you will need to to complete such project because their high qualified engineers are expert in modern Augmented reality and have ability to cover the cost of AR mobile apps like IKEA in details.

Another good example can be found in the LEGO stores: if you hold a LEGO box in front of the camera, you not only see yourself on the screen, but the contents of the box also come to life.

With augmented reality ('added reality') you usually do not have to wear special glasses. The extras are invisible to the naked eye and only appear when you look through the smartphone camera.

Apple is always looking for ways to expand the functions of the camera, for example with HDR photography, panoramic photographs and portrait photographs. Augmented reality is interesting for Apple because they can offer something extra with the existing camera of the iPhone. They can distinguish themselves from competitors such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, who are also engaged in augmented reality (and virtual reality).

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