Technology is growing at a rapid pace and it’s disrupting our lives by providing smart solutions to our needs. Things which used to be science fiction, are a reality today. From the invention of the desktop computer to smartphones and now the rise of technologies like AI and IoT, technology has been progressing exponentially. Mobile technology is one of the fastest-growing areas of technology. As of February 2019, more than 80% of Americans own a smartphone and the number of users is increasing every day. Companies are harnessing the power of technology, especially the mobile app industry to reshape their existence.
In order to achieve maximum growth and sustainability, every organization must integrate the latest mobile app development technologies. The global app development industry is expected to rise to 6.3 trillion USD by 2021 and apps are expected to generate 935.2 Billion USD in revenue by 2023. Mobile apps are improving the user experience by making it quick, easy, and painless.
Latest Mobile App Development Trends 2020
As people are shifting towards mobiles, new trends will arise. Over the coming few years, the mobile app industry will see new improvements. Here are some of the expected trends that can be seen in action in 2020:
AI making the apps smarter
AI certainly is the best technology to make apps smarter. We already have smart assistants such as Siri and Alexa that can perform certain tasks on voice commands but there still is a lot of scope where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used as a powerful tool and can be integrated with mobile apps to make them even smarter. For instance, automated machine learning, AI-enabled chips, etc.
Android Instant Apps
Ever Since the launch of Instant apps by Google in 2016, the user experience with apps has been better. Instant apps work like a website and offer a variety of features to hold people with different functionalities. They act as a demo for many apps and can be accessed without having the need to download them. In a nutshell, they are smaller in size, possess functionalities of a website, provide excellent user experience, and don’t use device memory.
IoT adoption in Healthcare
Mobile apps integrated with Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to monitor patients, provide them with health suggestions and can help in keeping track of their health. Real-time health monitoring using mobile apps is the need of the hour and it can be achieved by using IoT. It will not only save time but will also enhance security.
The dominance of wearable devices
Wearable devices such as smartwatches, fitness bands, health trackers or smart rings have completely changed the way we use smart devices. Wearable devices have generated a revenue of 33.78 billion USD by 2019. These devices can be integrated with smartphones and will become more independent by the end of 2020. We will see increased usage of fitness trackers and a decreased dependency of wearable devices on smartphones.
Use of Blockchain in Mobile Apps
We hear about data breaches security issues every day. Our personal data is on the verge of getting exploited every moment. Blockchain-based apps can be a saviour in that case as Blockchain is a distributed ledger and makes uses of a cryptographic layer to provide data security. There are some Blockchain apps in the market, but we will see them dominating the mobile app industry in 2020.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
Creating and maintaining a heavy design website is not an easy task. But using a stripped-down version of HTML i.e. AMP that can accelerate the speed of mobile pages, it can be done easily. AMP allows developers to create heavy websites and pages with fast loading speeds and lower bounce rates to achieve high performance on mobile devices.
Prominence Edge Computing
Data handling activities such as computation of data and its storage can be put closer to the location where it is needed. It will save time and bandwidth. The prominence of such activities will allow more data to be processed and better storage along with better data analytics.
Impact of 5G Wireless Services
The first thing that pop-up in our heads after reading 5G is the speed. We might see 5G services in the action by the end of 2020, but it is going to transform the app development industry to a greater extent. Along with the high speed, 5G will introduce several other features such as data security, 3D gaming, augmented reality and much more.
With such high expectations and services, app developers will have to design the apps in a way such that it meets the desired requirements.
The emergence of Beacon technology
A Beacon makes use of the Bluetooth technology to transmit signals. It is a vital mobile app development technology that is being used in museums, hotels, and hospitals etc. They are wireless, easy to use and pretty effective in location tracking and proximity marketing. They have a vast scope of applications when merged with IoT such as mobile payments beacons, AI-enabled chips, automated machine learning algorithms, and beacon treasure hunting.
Application Performance Management (APM)
Before 2016, getting rid of the elements that slow down the system performance was a real struggle. But with the introduction of APM into Google from 2016, it got easier. Application Performance management is basically mobile metrics that boosts the overall performance of the app. And it seems to be a reason good enough why it is widely used as a tool for quality assurance by the testers for the process of app testing.
Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM)
Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) is a method or tool by which all the mobile devices used by a team can be enabled and streamlined in a secure environment. Enterprise Mobile Computing allows the users to share information amongst each other through mobile devices and hence increases the productivity at work. It provides app security, manages finances, and maintains the application.
The app development industry will continue to rise with all these mobile app development trends in 2020. New technology brings new possibilities with it and it becomes difficult to adopt it quickly but the same can be made easier by understanding these trends i.e. what might come out of the box so that you can get prepared accordingly. Since now you’re aware of the trends that will come your way in 2020, you won't face any trouble getting along with them.