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The more a technology advances, the better we become at nailing its limitations, which further helps us define the areas of improvement. Mobile App Development is one such area of Information Technology referring to the development of mobile applications (that can be native or hybrid or cross-platform or web app or a PWA), having a tremendous scope of expansion and improvement. These can run on any kind of mobile device and any mobile operating system.
There is a need to reckon few points before starting off with trends:
What if I say there is a pervasive myth (+n) out there about mobile app development techniques, upcoming trends and lots more. Trends might not just about fixing something but starting over again. In time every mobile app development trend has emerged with a purpose and businesses have to stay aligned, in periods of great technological and cultural transition.
The proliferation of client-side technology used to be one major concern when enterprises began building mobile apps. Enterprises were in favor of standardizing on a platform, mostly the one business could contain a skill set around a standard architecture. Needless to say that mobile devices have their own application SDK’s which eventually result in a proliferation of client-side choices.
Apple makes use of Objective C and Swift. Android makes use of Kotlin, Java, and Flutter. Blackberry has started with Android. There are many more technologies that have been adopted by established platforms, in line with the current trends, dominating major markets. These may be used in combination or as desired to have the best native-like experience.
Ready-made CMS systems require adding new features and plugins. Later, in turn, slows the entire system down and simultaneously cost extra. Alternatively, it is unimaginable for a software product to survive with regular upgrades.
The talent war, the fight to introduce new trends in mobile technology, the competition to be the first one to adopt the latest trends is becoming fiercer. It, therefore, becomes important to explore new ways to reach the right business/client, ensure optimal productivity, looking into quantity rather than the quality of resources, and intelligence across the people, processes, place, and products that will drive enterprises and their customers to become much more aware and intelligent in their approach.
In 2018, Mobile App Development revenues crossed 365 billion USD.
In 2023, Mobile App Development revenues are going to generate approximately 935 billion USD via paid downloads and in-app advertising.
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The gross revenue for mobile app development is going to exceed $10 billion globally by the end of 2020.
China surpassed global revenues in mobile app development in the past decade. This year and beyond, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey will play a pivotal role in twisting the scenario in their favor. (Updated January 2020)
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Steve Jobs once remarked about the trending technologies by saying, the new technologies will not necessarily replace the old ones, but will date them, by definition. Eventually, it will replace them. Much like the evolution of color Televisions, while Black and White Televisions were still around. And the users have all will and power to decide whether the new technology is worth the investment.
Beacons are wireless transmitters that make use of Bluetooth technology to send signals. Retail, Museum, Hotels, Healthcare industries are already being benefitted by utilizing a combination of beacons + Bluetooth to define their proximity sensors (magnetic tags) with the items.
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More Mobile applications will top up with beacons making it a new trend in 2020. Essential use-cases will include Mobile payments beacons, AI-enabled chips, automated machine learning, and Beacon treasure hunting.
APM is a technique majorly used by quality assurance engineers, introduced to reduce and subsequently eradicate the processes that tend to slow down the app performance, thus boosting the overall performance of the app.
Enterprise Mobility Management or EMM is a platform/people/process allowing organizations to manage mobile devices, wireless networks, and other mobile computing services in a business context. This further streamlines the business process by helping in mobile computing.
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APM and AMM will enhance app security, manage finances, and maintain the application efficiently.
Introduction to 5G networks promises swift speed, less congestion, creating new economic opportunities. This technology is going to be a step-change in the ongoing mobile technology networks, promising exponentially faster download speeds and data-sharing in real-time.
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Big network providers like Qualcomm, AT&T, Verizon, Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei have accentuated their network connectivity to 5G. World’s biggest Android smartphone makers have been releasing 5G based handsets already.
Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are two such futuristic technologies that gained traction in the past decade but are still in a nascent stage of development. Hospitality, real estate, Food Delivery, e-commerce, marketing businesses have implemented these in the initial stage to uplift their scenario.
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Gartner recently removed AR and VR from its hype cycle which means that these technologies have peaked and no longer an emerging one. But, this time is still ripe to witness some of the software excerpts that could be gelled along with the technologies in demand to be of higher precision, low maintenance, and greater utility. Like in case of prediction goggles etc.
Blockchain is essentially a digital ledger that is used to record transactions but is secured by its encrypted and decentralized nature.
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FedEx, IBM, Walmart, and Mastercard made huge investments in Blockchain crypto-currency in 2019. Mid-size to smaller businesses are soon going to follow this trend. Facebook is in news for launching its version of crypto-currency in 2020.
These apps do not require to be downloaded. Instant apps are native apps for the android platform and offer some brilliant functions. These work instantly by tapping on their URL. This eliminates the need to download and install apps on the mobile device.
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These are smaller in size than regular apps, thus require less memory and provide a better user experience. These possess all functionalities of a website. Do not use device memory.
Mobile Wallet applications enable a user to make all their transactions online, thus reducing the need to make frequent cash payments. These are secure and fast. These wallet applications need to be linked to bank accounts. These wallets can request payments from bank and users can easily transfer money to other users.
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Enabling mobile wallet payments into mobile apps can be a great addition to business. Adding Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Apple Pay, Starbucks App, Samsung Pay etc. to mobile apps will double up the payment volume. These will expand the payment areas including government payments, digital goods, travel, insurance, nonprofits, and charities and entertainment.
Forrester Research poll and ComScore reports that Gen Z shoppers are 2X more likely to complete an online purchase using a mobile wallet like Apple Pay, Amazon Pay or Google Pay than the average global consumer. Security concerns, inability to see payment details, easy navigability, inability to browse or compare multiple screens, difficulty in input-ing details. With magical convenience, communication and creativity there is this default insecurity that is going to go this year.
Chatbots are powerful up-and-coming tools for transforming the customer experience. Mobile applications like food delivery, cab, and e-commerce apps have already started integrating the chatbots to their apps, helping customers in getting their frequent queries resolved instantly without waiting for a dedicated customer care representative.
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With more than 2 million apps on the Google Play Store and App Store, Chatbots will escalate from being fairly rudimentary towards a fiercer version.
Foldable phones, fitness trackers, diet management, car insurance, police and security, outdoor pursuits navigation, personal trainer, arranging a meeting, a memory aid – these devices and more have changed the way we interact with the smart devices.
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There will be a rise in the use of fitness trackers. Users will be less dependent on their smartphones.
Artificial Intelligence is a technology that has made mobile apps smarter by making it faster, reducing human effort, saving time and cost substantially.
In 2020, AR integration will be an essential step for the mobile app development industry. Mobile applications will have an upsurge in AI automated DevOps through AIOps, AI-enabled chips, Automated machine learning, Interoperability among neural networks, Mobile AR disruption, AR in marketing & advertising, AR in healthcare and AR in manufacturing, etc.
Internet of Things refers to the various electronic devices interconnected to each other for a very special purpose. Smart bulbs, smart Televisions, Smart Doors and Lights, Smart Garages – they have certain sensors to analyze situations, control temperatures, cameras, doorbells, alarm systems, locks, smoke detectors, and other devices that go around making a home/office smart.
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Internet of Things is going to penetrate deeper in vehicles, wearable gadgets, RFID sensors, software, biometric locks, home automation, etc., making for a smart and convenient living.
IoT projects worth checking out in 2020 will be Touch-Based Home Automation System, Smart Garage Door, IoT Based Air Pollution Monitoring System, Smart Parking System, IoT Based Health Monitoring System, IoT Based Traffic Management System and IoT Based Baby Monitoring System, likewise.
Cloud-based mobile apps are a sure solution to the seamless function of mobile applications across platforms – applicable to both native and cross-platform applications. Adaptation to cloud technologies assists in storing large amounts of data efficiently and carrying out complex tasks. Mobile applications with a larger database can make use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their cloud computing backup.
Cloud Computing based mobile applications will help streamline operations, reduction in hosting, less equipment cost, enhancement in storage capacity of apps and increased collaboration and overall productivity.
Low code platforms like CMS quickly transform ideas into minimum viable products (MVPs), prototypes and even entire applications. the handoff is seamless with such platforms and it even facilitates the traditional developer to simply pick from where the earlier developer left off thus saving a lot of time and effort. Low code tools incorporate: Visual Development Tools, Easy Deployment and Scalability and Security. Popular low code tools include: OutSystems, Kissflow, Appian, Zoho Creator and Google App Builder etc.
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Industries affected by Low Code Development
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In 2020, More Traditional Development Teams Will Turn to Low-Code. It will be an essential Digital Transformation Enabler. More Traditional and Citizen Developers Will Add AI to Their Low-Code Applications. Low-Code and RPA Will Converge to Enable Higher Levels of Efficiency. More Businesses Will Trust Low-Code for Core and Mission-Critical Apps. Organizations will want to “Future-Proof” Their Applications and will be able to close the gap between the “Haves” and “Have-Nots” to some extent.
Mobile applications are just about the innovations in mobile app trends and technologies. One could be forgiven for thinking this field will soon run dry of creative ideas. But still, over time we’ve witnessed just the opposite. Mobile technologies traverse, scratch and skimp from one level to another and change our lives for the better. The success that they carry is not scant and there is still a vast amount of untapped potential in this industry. The future of the mobile app development trends will be shaped by the business’ behavior and how well they solve people’s everyday problems with custom mobile app development.
There’s always a new idea that we can’t readily do and there’s always a new technology that excites us. Let’s find out which app development trend is going to throw their hat into the ring in 2020. At Konstantinfo, we understand that a customized app always costs more than off-the-shelf one. Here you’ll get what you pay for. Reach us for more!
Neeti got her master's degree in software engineering in 2009 and has been working since for software companies of all sizes as a technical writer. What started as a high school passion has now been converted into a serious profession. She has a special knack of learning from all verticals and imbibing the extracts into her writing. She enjoys learning technical aspects of writing from her tasks where her experience and understanding are most impactful.