Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. The niche of mobile app development has seen rapid growth in the last decade because of increased smartphone users and easier access to the internet. According to a study done by Statista, in 2020, 6.95 billion mobile users are forecasted to increase to 7.1 billion in 2021 and by 2024 this count is likely to rise to 7.41 billion.
Top Mobile App Development Trends
No doubt, we are engulfed by the power of smartphones. Each year adds its share of trends and innovative ideas to attain the best of results in mobile application development. As a mobile application development company/developer/business owner, you must be well aware of the latest trends & technologies in the mobile app development niche to stay ahead of your competition.
Let us have a look at 9 Mobile App Development Trends to rule in 2021.
Beacons Will boost Location-based Marketing
Beacon is the new name in mobile app development. This low-cost and low-powered Bluetooth device transmits radio signals to nearby smartphones to send relevant offers to their customers or track their behavior in the store. This advanced location-based technology helps in promoting proximity marketing to a large extent. Industries like health retail, hotels, etc. are already using mobile apps with beacon-based features to grow their business.
Here’s how Beacon technology works:
The modern-day mobile application offers seamless integration with beacons, which indicates that beacons in application development is the next stage of location-based marketing strategy.
AR/VR will Go Beyond Gaming
Augmented Reality(AR) or Virtual Reality(VR) is not new in the mobile app development world. You must have heard of a popular mobile game Pokémon GO, thousands of people came on the streets to interact with creatures and virtual objects that don’t even exist, thanks to AR.
According to a report released by Statista, here are the expected projections of AR application development by 2025.
The potential of this wonderful technology is limitless. The coming years shall witness the power of AR/VR in revolutionizing the user-experience in sectors like Fashion, Defence, Engineering, Education, Medical sectors. etc.
AI-based Chatbots & Voice Assistants
Chatbots/Voice assistants are applications that simulate the human way of conversation to help users by providing them with the most relevant information. There are various types of chatbots and voice assistants available, some in the form of mobile apps like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistants and others in the form of web apps.
By Implementing AI-based voice assistants/chatbots in applications, these apps can now offer more innovative ways to help users interact with the app interface and business in a seamless human-like manner. With each passing year, chatbots and voice-assistants are gaining popularity in the enterprise application development section and soon it’s going to change the way users interact with their smartphones.
Edge Computing Over Cloud Computing
The number of IoT devices is expected to grow to 11.7 Billion by the end of 2020 and 30 Billion by 2025 – [source]
As the number of devices connected to the internet is growing exponentially, edge computing will become popular demand of developers when the cloud alone can not handle such a bulk of data.
In Edge computing, data is processed at the point of origin of data, unlike cloud storage where the processing of data takes place in data centers. It means edge devices such as sensor-based devices, routers, mobiles, etc. act as mini data centers to process and store information. This will help in the real-time processing of data to make better decisions and even reduce security risks.
Big bees like GE, Amazon, Dropbox, etc. have already adopted this technology to scale up their businesses. The increasing popularity of IoT hints that in the coming years, you can use your smartphone to control most of your electronic devices.
Instant Mobile Apps Will Increase
Instant applications are the next big thing in the mobile application development industry. With their memory efficient and user-friendly services, these apps have gained a lot of traction in the market.
Usually, you need to install an application to use it but, you can enjoy the services of instant apps without any installation because they use parts of native apps to give you a feel of how the actual app will be before installing the full version.
mCommerce, Wearable Devices and Mobile Wallets Would Be More In Demand
With the increased use of mobile wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay for retail shopping and contactless payment, mCommerce has now become the new normal. The pandemic situation, especially, boosted the graph of people opting for online shopping with an online payment system. Seeing this whopping growth, almost all business owners are now moving towards this technology.
Wearable devices have also gained popularity beyond just data collection and steps monitoring, these are pushing the mcommerce industry by making it more intuitive for people and shall continue to do so in the coming years.
Biometric Authentication In Mobile Apps
Biometric verification (Fingerprint/Face/Iris Scanner) is one of the most popular features that every manufacturer is providing, even in mid-range or lower mid-range segments, phones with biometric verification functionality are preferred by the most smartphone users. It is used for identity verification of users before accessing any sensitive information like a bank account, Mobile wallets, personal information, etc.
Based on the stats released by Statista.com, the mobile biometric market revenue (worldwide) is forecasted to reach $50.61 billion USD by 2022. Despite being the most demanded technology in mobile application development, building an accurate and better authentication system is still a challenge which developers must keep improving to develop apps with better security features.
With the increase in AR/VR applications, the network capacity must be increased to implement these technologies. A hundred times faster than its predecessor 4G, fifth generation (5G) cellular network will boost the market of applications that demand high-speed internet like 4K video-streaming platforms, graphic intensive online gaming, heavy AR/VR apps, etc.
According to a report by Statista, by 2025, there will be 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions worldwide. With 5G becoming more stable, faster, and cheaper, developers must start preparing for this upcoming wave of technology because with 5G in place, content quality will become the 1st priority, and application size & cellular network speed will become less of an issue.
Low Code Development Will Be In Demand
To decrease the coding complexities and simplify the app-building process, Low-code/no-code development is the go-to-solution with a simpler process and less turn-around time. This no-code technology helps in building enterprise-grade applications with minimum or no coding effort and supports quick scaling of applications based on business requirements.
Based on the principles of automatic code generation and visual programming, the market of low code development is booming rapidly. Many business owners and developers are taking interest in this technology because of its increased demand in the market.
Mobile apps are becoming more secure, sophisticated, and making our lives easy – professionally, and personally. If you are a mobile app development company, you cannot depend on outdated trends and tools to gain customers; You have to be market-ready to evolve and keep a close eye on changing trends in the mobile applications industry. Following these 9 trends will certainly help your business grow in 2021.
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