Top Mobile App Development Trends in 2020
— According to a study by Statista, mobile users are able to choose between >5.4 million apps in 4 leading app stores as of 3rd quarter 2019, generating the worldwide mobile app revenues of $461.7 billion at the end of the year.
As mobile apps are expected to generate a revenue of $189 billion in 2020. Mobile app ideas are continuing to drive further and faster than ever before. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see a rapid growth in the next few years!
#1 Smart wearable devices
The boom in smartwatches and other wearable devices is a relatively new phenomenon, but as the number of connected devices grows, so do consumer expectations over both their capabilities and performance.
There is such a little point in wearing a smartwatch if it is unresponsive and your phone can do the same job in a shorter time-frame. As a result, there is a growing demand for responsive mobile app development services across an increasing number of devices and sectors.
#2 Artificial Intelligent & Machine Learning
Alexa and Siri, the rival virtual assistants, are creeping into people’s lives through a range of mediums, as their popularity grows we are also seeing chatbot becoming more prevalent, not only within mobile apps but also as stand-alone apps assuming the role of a customer service agent.
Some of the popular examples are:
- 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.
- Recommendation engines for online shoppers or travelers
#3 Cloud technology
Today, most consumers have knowledge of what cloud technology is, with most businesses employing it in some form or other as a lightweight method for storing and sharing data. It is these same properties that have had a significant effect on mobile application development, as the technology allows apps to take up a lot less storage space.
Some benefits of cloud-based apps:
- Secure functioning across multiple devices
- Saving money on hosting
- Much more computing power
- Better storage and loading capacity
- Increasing user intention
- Streamlining operations
The Android App Bundle is an excellent example of how cloud technology is changing the capabilities of mobile app development in 2019. The bundle’s dynamic delivery system allows users to choose which features they need to download, eliminating code that is unnecessary for their Android device.
#4 Internet of Things (IoTs)
IoTs describes all the various devices that are internet connected and can interact with each other. This technology is part of an ecosystem that is only going to grow in number and variety.
Devices will need to ‘speak’ to each other through lightweight cloud technology that will enable them to share data quickly and effectively, those that do not communicate well with others will soon become obsolete. IoT app solutions will solve a diverse range of business needs, especially in improved customer service and automation; this will all be driven by mobile app development.
IoT apps allow you to:
- Monitor readings of devices and sensors
- Analyze data, build charts and reports
- Manage connected devices
#5 Low-code development
A new type of development that promises lower costs and fewer bugs is growing in popularity. Low-code development uses a graphical interface editor and a language configuration tool, rather than traditional programming methods.
This drag and drop approach to development makes it accessible to people from non-tech backgrounds, while it also increases the need for app developers to be highly competent with data science and cloud technology, which is the foundation of these cloud-based solutions.
Decentralized mobile apps or the D-Apps are open-source apps without ownership, downtime or a shut-off button. They have a built-in cryptocurrency incentive and a coin generating function that fuels the app and allows it to express value in a way traditional apps do not.
Currently, the user experience with these types of applications is not always as friction-less as it should be, due to the relative infancy of block-chain technology and its adoption by the general public. As adoption increases and understanding of the technology develops, expect a new generation of D-Apps with more of a focus placed on design and user experience.
The core benefits of blockchain-powered apps:
- Enhanced Data Protection
- Faster Transactions
#7 Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
In the last couple of years, we witnessed obsessive gaming trends such as Pokemon Go, Incell, Dino Trek, etc. According to a report published by Statista, the counts of AR & VR apps are projected to increase up to 7 billion apps by 2020.
However, AR & VR this year will be focused on practical purposes such as object measurement, navigation, education, interior design, user manual and more. Together with Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi and others, Google is planning to make all types of smartphones AR-enabled with the help of the ARCore platform.
#8 Mobile payment wallets
Online shopping has been among one of the top app trends in mobile tech space. More and more customers prefer online shopping than traditional alternatives. The e-commerce industry has been rapidly increasing with the emergence of online shopping.
Online customers used to make payments through credit or debit cards. But the evolution of Google Wallet, Apple Pay, etc have opened the door for other payment apps. As a result, you can observe new app trends in the mobile-eCommerce industry that empower users to use online apps for instant financial transactions.
#9 Progressive web apps
An alternative to native mobile app development is Progressive Web Applications. This new approach has been introduced in the year 2015 and has become one of the popular app trends ever since.
PWA is a website and it will function as a native application. It works inside a web browser taking advantage of all browser capabilities but can be added on any devices via a link just like a native application.
The major differences between PWA and Native Apps:
- No need to published on any marketplace or app store
- No download or installation process
The benefits of PWA:
- Faster Loading
- Offline Usage
- Native UX
- No need to download an app
- Shareable via a link
- Compatibility with a wide range of services
PWAs are crawled and indexed by search engines like regular websites. PWA takes out the best features of a native app and a mobile website. PWAs load instantly, providing a quicker response to user interactions.
#10 Python mobile app development
Python is a high-level programming language that is used for a wide array of purposes across desktop, website and mobile applications. It is all-pervasive across the internet, perhaps most notably used in little-known video hosting channel, YouTube.
One of Python’s biggest draws is its readability that allows developers to read and translate code relatively easily, this has a knock-on effect of reduced maintenance and overall development costs.
Reasons why developers love Python:
- It’s simple
- It’s free
- It’s compatible
- It’s object-oriented
- It has a lot of libraries
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