Mobile development is becoming a priority and the new normal for many businesses because, without a mobile-optimized solution, a company undoubtedly faces the risk of losing a significant proportion of clients and lagging behind the competition.
1. Blockchain Apps: Blockchain is definitely a game-changer in numerous spheres including mobile app development. In the App Store and Google Play, you can find lots of applications coupled with blockchain. They are mostly e-wallets, currency converters, digital asset tracker apps, and networking solutions.
But blockchain is not just for cryptocurrencies: it’s being integrated into many industries to create more sophisticated projects. For instance, Verisart uses blockchain to verify the authenticity of art pieces.
This technology provides a special approach to security, allowing you to enhance the protection of your mobile platform and earn customer loyalty.
The core benefits of blockchain-powered apps are:
Improved data protection and reduced risks of data loss
transparency 2020, specialists expect an increase in blockchain-based mobile solutions, as devices can serve as blockchain nodes.
2. IoT Apps: The Internet of Things has been at the forefront in the last few years, and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. According to Statista, in 2019, the number of IoT-connected devices will be more than 26 billion worldwide. By 2025, it will cross the threshold of 75 billion.
Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices installed base worldwide from 2015 to 2025 (in billions)
The increasing demand for smart things results in a growing number of IoT applications. A smartphone serves as the bridge between intelligent systems and people, while an application is the main tool for managing connected devices.
IoT apps allow you to:
Monitor readings of devices and sensors
Analyze data, build charts and reports
Manage devices (open/close, turn on/off, trigger alarms, and more)
They are equally beneficial for customer-focused solutions (smart home appliances, wearables, traffic sensors) and enterprise-grade management (oil and gas networks, railway lines, autonomous cars).
IoT is becoming mainstream in many sectors, from healthcare and education to manufacturing and transportation. Mobile App development for wearables is the most booming area as of now, with the main representatives being applications for smartwatches, smart columns, and home assistants.
3. Cloud Apps
Developers started investing actively in cloud-driven apps, thus creating the mobile-cloud era. Applications that integrate advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, etc. require much storage in the device’s internal memory. But a gigabyte-sized app is not a solution of choice for users.
Cloud computing easily solves this problem. Remote servers provide the necessary storage space for the seamless functioning of an app that is quickly downloaded and doesn’t affect the internal memory of your device. The cloud means:
Secure functioning across multiple devices
Saving money on hosting
Much more computing power
Better storage and loading capacity
Increasing user retention
Similar to Google Drive and Dropbox — which are becoming extremely popular — an increasing number of mobile apps will become cloud-based.
4. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: An increasing number of mobile apps incorporated augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) features in 2019, and this trend is not going away. Applications that use AR/VR provide an incredible opportunity by enhancing the real-world environment with digital objects, thus improving user experience.
The world of augmented reality attracted much interest to the public after the overwhelming success of the game Pokemon Go. But if in the past, AR and VR techniques were used mostly in gaming apps and marketing campaigns to entertain and impress customers, this year shows a new trend of using augmented and virtual reality in mobile apps for more practical purposes: object measurement, navigation, education, interior design, user manuals and more.
Google is partnering with Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others to make all types of smartphones AR-enabled with the help of the ARCore platform.
5. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Mobile industry trends have focused on artificial intelligence since 2017 when Apple allowed developers to integrate voice assistant Siri into their applications. This encouraged the adoption and integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms into mobile solutions from various fields.
Chatbots and virtual personal assistants
Motion and facial detection apps for surveillance systems
Financial forecasting solutions
Medical software that helps determine the diagnosis and suggests treatment
Speech recognition apps used for gaming, entertainment, etc.
6. 5G Connectivity: Implementation of the above-mentioned advanced technologies (IoT, AI, AR, cloud) into applications is possible due to the enhancement of wireless connectivity.
The world’s regulator of cellular communications standards 3GPP officially approved the first specifications of 5G technology in Lisbon in December 2017. A year later, the fifth-generation mobile network began hitting the market. From 2019 onwards, 5G technology will continue to expand globally and serve increased communication needs for billions of devices.
The expansion of the 5G standard will provide faster connectivity (up to 100x faster than the current 4G), improve user experience, and promote the penetration of advanced technologies into mobile.
7. Mobile Payments: Online shopping is also among the top trends in mobile technology. Currently, eCommerce is one of the most rapidly developing markets. More customers prefer online shopping to the traditional alternative.