With impacts on virtually every aspect of daily life, mobile technologies can greatly enhance learning experiences. Internet-connected mobile devices with embedded sensors, cameras, and GPS are bringing unprecedented possibilities in education.
Statistics from the mobile app marketplace reflect an expanding world of resources that fits into the palm of a hand. Thus, in March 2012, Apple announced more than 25 billion downloaded apps from its App Store by the users of the more than 315 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide. The App Store offers more than 550,000 apps to users in 123 countries worldwide, with more than 170,000 native iPad apps available. Customers can choose apps from various categories, including business, education, games, news, sports, health & fitness, travel, and more.
Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) has also hit a major milestone in app downloads from its site. It has sold 15 billion apps.
According to Juniper Research, consumer app downloads to mobile devices are expected to reach more than 66 billion per annum by 2016. However, this number scratches the surface of the anticipated growth of mobile applications.
The increasing availability of network access, growing capabilities of mobile devices, advances in electronic data flow, the convergence of search technology, and location awareness make mobile applications a powerful tool in the learning process.
Education institutions are seeing mobile apps as an affordable solution for learning and as a feature-rich tool for lab work, often replacing expensive and cumbersome devices and equipment. As a result, the leading universities, including Stanford, Yale, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, and colleges, have already deployed their own apps.
To name a few selections, mobile apps can embrace the following features:
Campus directory, maps, and virtual tours;
Digital distribution of course materials;
Dining locations, hours of service, and menus;
Updates on interesting events and breaking campus news;
Possibility to check grades;
Access to library resources and digital textbooks.
The abundance of resources and relationships easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging the educational environment. Students expect to be able to learn and study whenever and wherever they want to. As a result, more and more institutions worldwide begin to understand the potential of mobile access, and they are investing in software that extends learning outside of the classroom.
Industries and Technology Areas:
Industries: education, E-learning
Technology Areas: mobile application development, software development, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone
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This article will offer the top three future trends in 2016. This will aid the web development companies in understanding the trends and shape the working model accordingly. At the same time, it will help people who will get web development services to ensure that they are getting what is in trend and not outdated.
1. Web Will Emphasize On Responsive Web Development
The usage of mobile and, more specifically, smartphones have brought drastic changes in our lives. Android and iOS have become an integral part of many people’s day-to-day lives. There is hardly anyone around who is not using mobile phones. This has brought a big change in the web industry as well. Google sensed this user behavior, and it stated that the mobile-friendly website would be one of the core factors in the ranking. This creates the need for the developers to design two websites, one for desktop users and another for mobile users. Responsive web design can make the life of developers easier. The responsive web design and development will ensure that the website can serve each user on different screen sizes with the same quality. Thus, responsive web design and development were definitely the next big thing in 2016.
2. Web Design Will Be Uniform
As just stated earlier, the next big thing is going to be the responsive web. The concept of responsive web design is that the single website serves both mobile and desktop users, unlike the mobile-friendly website where two different websites will be created to serve the two different audiences. As the same website will be served, the design of the websites will be uniform around the globe. It is also possible to see the usage of some app buttons, menus, or themes of Android, iOS on the website during the visit from a desktop. Though the design fundamentals will be the same, the creative designers will surely bring something out of the box, which will be really interesting to witness.
3. Semantic Web Might Stride
The voice search, wearable, etc., is the next big thing in 2016. The IT industry is moving towards machine learning, search engine optimization, and a smarter era.