Features of Future Ready Applications

Nostradamus
had a gift that most of us would give an arm and a leg for. He could gaze into
the time ahead and accurately predict the events in distant future. His
quatrains are legendary for both their predictions, and their vagueness, which
allows every sentence to be interpreted in many different ways. While
Nostradamus predicted the future, there was another breed of people who defined
it. The Galileos, Thomas Alva Edisons, Alexander Graham
Bells and Wrights of the world were great minds who designed for the future
generations, or we can say they designed the lives of the future generations. While
Nostradamus had the gift of a psychic, these inventors had the power of vision
of the future.

 

In
today’s world, the future will be defined by technology. Mobility is a key
component of our lives that has, and will continue to shape our lives and
professions through its significant impact on the same. Since mobility is more
about the applications than the devices, it is the apps that will define the
future. However, since the future is well… future, how does one know what
mobile apps will look like then? The least we can do is that we create apps
today that are designed keeping the future in mind. `In order for the mobile
apps of today to be applicable tomorrow, and the day after that, they need to
have certain features that will ensure the same.

 

Modularity – The days of the
monolithic chunks of code are way past. Today the applications are written in
pieces, and then stitched together. The code for tomorrow will need to be
highly modular, with open standards based integrations between the different
modules. This will allow for easier updation of individual modules, easier
problem isolation, and also easier addition, displacement, and replacement of
features. The use of open standards is preferable, because the proprietary
technologies are restrictive, and the world is most certainly moving away from
them.

 

Context awareness – the apps of the
future will be developed for mobile human beings, not just for mobile devices.
They will need to be a lot more intuitive than to just respond to manual input.
This can happen only through context awareness. The applications, when
executing, has to be aware of the contextual parameters like location, task,
priority, and situation to as to provide the optimum ‘relevant’ outcome. Most
of the future direction of mobile applications is going to be centered on
context awareness.

 

Self-Learning – In addition to
‘awareness’, the apps of tomorrow will need to have ‘intelligence’. The ability
to learn user behavior, choices and other parameters, the product should be
able to fine – tune its own future responses to the user. The ability to
perform pattern analysis and predict user actions will be the key for the
mobile applications to replace personal assistants.

 

Input Free – The best app is an
app that does not require a user’s input at all. It is an app that understands
the user well enough to predict his / her behavior. The prediction is not just
limited to the behavior. The app should be designed to take into account the
context (location, priority etc.) and the user’s usage patterns to accurately
predict what information will the user need. All this should happen without any
input from the user, or very minimal like starting the app, if at all.

 

These
features and more will define how ht future of human – mobile technology workflow
will work tomorrow. All we can do is to create code today that survives the
test of tomorrow.

 

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