2014 is the year of the "Deep link" and the inaugural year of app indexing. Facebook's entry with App Links and Google's official App Indexing announcement last month prove the mobile ecosystem is moving in the direction of native apps.
The challenge will be strengthening the URI backbone for developers to implement deeplinks in their app.
Today, developers work very hard to create native apps but often lose user traffic and potential revenue to mobile websites for something as simple as in-app requests. For instance, clicking on a link while checking email or on an ad redirects a user to the mobile website, even when he has an app for that content installed on his device. The redirects also impact the user experience and engagement.
According to applink.org, "Right now, linking on mobile is a lot more frustrating and complicated than it is on the web. There isn't an easy, consistent way to control what happens when someone clicks on your content in mobile, which makes it difficult to provide the best experience for your users."
Speaking at the recently held AnDevCon in Boston, our Senior Manager, Developer Relations, Beth Kindig, gave an in-depth insight into how Deeplinking can help mobile app developers direct more traffic to their native apps, monetize them better, all this while providing the user an easy and seamless in-app experience. Watch her also delve into how Deeplinking will help developers capitalize on app indexing and will also lead to a lot of cross promotion between mobile apps in future.
Also read: Mobile Deep Linking: 4 reasons why you need it & how you can do it
Open source project: http://mobiledeeplinking.org/
Facebook applinks: http://applinks.org/