Why Micro Apps Are the Future of Mobile App Development?

The term ‘micro’ means small in size. Here, we are using the term ‘micro’ for the small size of software – micro applications, micro services, and even micro-virtualization.

Do you know what micro app means? Although you will think you don’t know, you know. Micro apps are small system admin utilities in the desktop realm. For example- App that reports the memory of your hard drive.    

Talking about mobile world, a microapp is a consumer-oriented application that delivers highly targeted functionality. for example – a weather forecast app. Here, the common factor is micro apps deliver highly focused task-based functionality that allows a user to interact with use to improve efficiency.

Micro applications play an important role in enterprise mobility strategies. IT organizations that deliver enterprise apps to the mobile users are challenged by two factors, i.e. (1) delivering mobile app functionality, which is fast enough with limited development resources and (2) delivering the application with high-quality UX that needed to spark adoption.

App development has long been troubled with risk: Projects become full, costlier and never delivered on time. Implementing technologies have a tendency to match the bloated that ranges from Service Oriented Architecture to Business Process Management.

Recently, Redpoint’s Tomasz Tunguz pointed out that growth in Software-as-a-Service is reducing and next-generation apps will come with new workflows across existing apps in innovative ways.

“Micro wave” – The Combination of Apps, Services, and Flows

Micro Flow

The “micro” trend in application development is concentrating on delivering simple to complex micro app development solution. Microservices can easily incorporate into multiple systems, whereas micro applications can represent them as easy-to-consume UI. Through simple micro-flow, users can easily complete their tasks across systems.

“Micro wave” – the combination of apps, services and flows deliver a new way to weave existing systems in the most innovative and organic ways to deliver quick solutions.

Image of Micro services

Micro service

The holy grail of application development is the Interoperability between apps. Top-down architectures such as CORBA/IIOP developed into SOA in the 2000s. While implementing an SOA, enterprise-wide mandates and coordination are needed. Payload standards like SOAP are heavy in weight and troubled with incompatibilities.

There are some companies like GE have had the discipline to implement an SOA, however, SOA projects have failed to gain widespread adoption for most enterprises. Even after success, the constant divestitures and achievements of the corporate world keep SOAs a moving target.

Micro services have become a trend over the past few years. Microservices are atomic, self-contained service, performing a single operation on a back-end system like as a retrieving a customer record.

The commonest interface to a micro service is the popular and straightforward JSON/REST/HTTPS paradigm. Its authentication is also straightforward and typically easy-to-use API keys. The best thing micro service is they are incredibly easy to create, deploy and share. Latest and existing apps can easily call various external and internal micro services.  

How Micro Apps Work?

Micro App

Mobile apps have taken over as many consumers’ primary interface to computing since the introduction of iOS and Android app stores in 2008. As the collection of mobile apps available, it’s a bit difficult to install an app on their devices and keep using it.

Therefore, it’s very common for vendors to add a bunch of features into their applications, so they can retain existing users with the latest functionality, and attract more users. Thus, native apps become bloated and difficult to access.

A new wave of “micro apps” is developing intelligently and context-aware. There are various mobile platforms supporting micro apps from 

Facebook Messenger also has micro apps, which are composed of rich bubbles and menus. Micro apps are based on HTML and load vigorously, typically bypassing app stores and loading directly into current communication tools such as Slack and Facebook Messenger.

Platforms supporting micro apps range from interactive Slack and Facebook Messenger bots to Google’s interactive answer boxes, such as weather and flights. These micro-apps are typically single purpose and use a combination of straightforward user interfaces and context.

Facebook Messenger also has micro apps, which are composed of rich bubbles and menus. Micro apps are based on HTML and load vigorously, typically bypassing app stores and loading directly into current communication tools such as Slack and Facebook Messenger.

Micro apps of Facebook messenger have many latest features like dynamic menus and interactive units that can do everything, from purchasing a product to ordering product.

The combination of micro services, micro flows and micro apps create an excellent paradigm for delivering the next generation of apps. If you want to create your own app using this combination, you can hire app developer from reliable mobile app development company.

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