Before you begin your mobile app project, you must read up the following mobile app development trends. Otherwise, you risk being left behind.
As per global digital report from We are Social, there are 5.135 billion smartphone users worldwide already. Unlike what the skeptics had predicted, mobile app development was no bubble, nor was it an impermanent trend destined to run out.
Mobile apps are a culture we have all grown accustomed to. Mobile apps are on a steady ascent with the advent of newer devices and regularly updated platforms with new capabilities available to businesses. Device-enabled products like location-based apps augmented and virtual reality apps, sound-based apps, and mobile games are powering an unprecedented growth. In fact, as per Statista, by the year 2020, mobile apps are expected to generate $188.9 billion as global revenue.
Gaining more speed and momentum from the statistics mentioned above, 2019 is likely to bring about an even brighter future for mobile app development.
The mobile app developers are always looking for an update that what’s new in the market from the technical perspective. That’s why they keep an eye on the latest mobile app development trends and technologies that will set an imprint in the upcoming year.
Here are the listed mobile app development trends to watch out for in 2019.
1. Machine Learning and AI
The term ‘machine learning’ and ‘artificial intelligence’ are well-known to tech lovers these days. The demand for machine learning and AI in the form of virtual assistants and chatbots is progressive in the tech industry. Even the figures shown by the International Data Corporation are confident saying that AI industry will set another benchmark by rising up to $40 billion by the end of the year 2020.
AI and machine learning have dug their heels deeper into mobile apps that we may have realized. Siri and Alexa are the biggest proofs why machine learning and artificial intelligence are very much a part of mobile apps and cannot be separated now.
2. Wearable App Integration
Wearable technology is progressively growing all around the globe. According to Statista, the number of connected wearable devices reached 453 million in 2017 and is expected to reach 929 million by 2021. With the development of technology, we can expect wearable applications to soon turn into an important part of our everyday lives.
App developers are and will be looking to develop apps for wearable devices, mostly smartwatches. Currently, it’s mostly fitness industry that is looking towards smartwatches, but a few big names like Zomato and Uber have invested in wearable app development. 2019 promises to bring more wearables – watches, fitness bands, movement trackers, and more. Looking at the popularity of wearables, Apple at WWDC conference, recently announced its watchOS update. Apple Watch apps will no longer require a companion iOS app and will have its own App Store.
3. Internet of Things (IoT)
You might be knowing that a network of interconnected smart gadgets is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). We even know how important it is to connect smartphones with wearable gadgets. Nonetheless, IoT includes heaps of other savvy gadgets that have sensors, special circuits, and in-built software in them. These softwares are nothing but software applications that can work together with mobile apps.
Since 2016, worldwide IoT market has been developing at a CAGR of 28.5%. And is expected to reach USD457 billion by 2020, according to GrowthEnabler IoT report. Continuous supply chain, smart homes, and savvy health insurance are no more stuff of sci-fi but reality. With the increase in IoT gadgets and systems, the demand for IoT-enabled apps will undoubtedly increase.
4. Chatbots will be Integral
As per Statista, the global Chatbot market is projected to grow to 1250 million U.S. dollars by 2025 – a jump of more than 1000 million U.S. dollars from 2016. One can simply deduce that chatbots are very well a part of the digital reality now.
Chatbots will now act (in fact are already acting) as virtual assistants within mobile applications. Thanks to the advancement in AI, it is now an easy job to integrate chatbots within apps without involving intricate coding.
A rather interesting infographic Digital Commerce suggests that as many as 50% of B2B buyers prefer self-service CRM. Chatbots is a new way to extend that sort of customer relationship management.
5. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
‘Pokémon Go’ may have been a temporary storm on the eastern seaboard, but AR and VR are here to stay. The AR and VR technology isn’t just prepping and increasing the high-quality gaming applications, it is also being actively taken up for a number of other use cases.
Mobile app developers are expected to create breathtaking mobile app experiences in AR and VR. And with more compatible hardware entering the market, the party is only getting started.
The trend of social media platforms to release integrated AR filters that have the ability to transform any human face into digital character or enhance the selfie experience is only going to grow stronger in 2019.
Actually, it’s astounding to take note of that according to Statista, the worldwide market of AR and VR technology will skyrocket from $27 billion dollars in 2018 to about $209 billion in 2022!
6. Mobile Wallets and Payment Gateways
The demand for mobile wallet apps is on the rise in the year 2019. Indeed, the frictionless payment method is what every customer loves to see in the mobile apps nowadays. So, mobile wallets with payment gateway integration are important in all kinds of apps. This will essentially change the manner in which customers prefer to shop.
Every successful mobile app includes at least three or four payment methods such as credit/debit cards, mobile wallets, gift cards, and with many European countries set to regulate cryptocurrencies by 2020, the use of native mobile wallet app will increase.
7. More Businesses will Invest in Cloud Integration
One of the hottest trends in mobile app development in 2019 is cloud integration. This will guarantee a continuous experience for the users. It took years but the world is finally waking up to the possibilities offered by cloud computing and integration. Streamlining operations, reduced costs in hosting, better storage, and loading capacity, along with increased user retention, are few of the many advantages of developing mobile apps over the cloud.
Besides, cloud integration will make it simpler for clients to gather more information for your business. Aside from the clients, it is normal that cloud-based services will make it simpler for users to collect more data for your business. Security measures and management will be made easier.
8. Instant Apps are Coming around
2016 saw the birth of instant apps – native mobile applications that are smaller in size than usual apps, user-friendly, and highly convenient because there is, well, just no need for downloading. As the name suggests, they can be accessed instantly without any download at all.
With users constantly demanding better user experience and shorter load times, instant apps are indeed the trend that 2019 will welcome, and for good, thus eliminating the waiting time required in the installation.
9. Mobile App Security to Gain Extra Attention
Yes, we know it is nothing new, but with Uber coming out of the metaphoric closet and accepting the hacking, and even Facebook and Google admitting their security lapses, app developers will be looking to invest more in cybersecurity, given it is directly linked to users’ data privacy and protection laws.
The finest minds in the industry will have to up the ante to drown out the uncertainty around mobile apps.
10. Beacons Technology
The Beacons technology has been around for some time now, and 2019 will make its presence stronger still.
The Beacons technology has been around for some time now, and 2019 will make its presence stronger still. Beacon technologies can possibly offer customer service on a more customized level. Beacons are tiny transmitters that transmit signals to other devices via Bluetooth. They make ultra localized searches easier for users.
We’re likely to see it more than ever in the form of beacon-enabled airports, mobile payments beacons, and even automated personal beacons. So, the trends will be to create more top useful apps to work on beacons technology and make virtual guides and personalized information sharing smoother.
11. Predictive Analytics to Influence Mobile UI/UX
The year 2019 is a time for new expectations in the world of mobile app development. These days mobile apps are a fundamental part of every business work-flow. Mobile apps are going to move on from being mere utilities to being an integral part of your workflow.
Giants like Facebook, Google, and Apple are already employing AI to use predictive analytics to enhance the customer journey across the UI/UX of their apps, and 2019 is set to witness advances in this field. These trends are bound to necessitate the use of smartphones in our daily lives to enhance the user experience.
12. Even More On-Demand Apps
As more on-demand apps are going to introduce in 2019, things will really get more interesting. There are myriad online apps available on the Play Store and Apple Store, and many more are expected to be introduced. According to Appinventiv, the on-demand platform had reached up to $106.83 million by 2017.
All of that is teaching entrepreneurs what mistakes not to make as well as encouraging them to tweak successful models to offer new services. The on-demand economy will go deeper into additional verticals and disrupt additional businesses.
Indeed, mobile apps have turned into a part of people’s lives that performs the most crucial role. There is a huge growth seen in wearable gadgets and on-demand apps. Likewise, you will discover that artificial intelligence is creating more impact in our lives when it comes to shopping, food ordering, booking tickets, cab and so on. But, not every app is successful in satisfying the customer’s needs.
Therefore, businesses should review the above-given mobile app development trends to learn how to engage users worldwide.