The development of mobile applications is a constantly growing sector and in the immediate future, new scenarios could open up for developers. This is thanks to the centrality of new technologies that will take on an increasingly important role.
Mobile applications are an increasingly central digital ecosystem as they have introduced a revolution in consumer habits and ways of doing by business enterprises.
This is not a simple assumption but a reality confirmed by data. Like those recently released by our client – partner of four years, Yolobook, a company specializing in making everyone’s memories printable. With 1. million downloads and 530K users with an ever-increasing demand for different varieties of products from consumers.
Being a very promising sector, App development needs to be able to keep up with the ever-changing times, and must necessarily take into account the growing importance of new technologies.
But what are the trends that will prove central to the development of mobile applications? Which advanced technologies will be able to guarantee the success of apps in 2021?
Part of the success and popularity of an app lies in the ability of its developers to take into account new trends and to develop an implementation strategy consistent with market demands.
So, let’s see in detail what are the 5 top technological trends in this year.
# 1 – Internet of Things (IoT)
Opening up with the Internet of Things, a technology that is gaining more and more importance in many sectors. According to Statista.com, the global market for IoT end-user solutions is expected to grow to 212 billion U.S. dollars in size by the end of 2019. The technology reached 100 billion dollars in market revenue for the first time in 2017, and forecasts suggest that this figure will grow to around 1.6 trillion by 2025.
More than interesting data that cannot fail to have “repercussions” also for the app development sector. Especially considering that the IoT is progressively establishing itself not only in traditional fields such as domestic environments but also in new sectors such as healthcare, logistics, and agriculture.
Greater demand for gadgets, systems, and devices serving the IoT will inevitably increase the demand for dedicated apps. That’s why this trend cannot be overlooked by developers in the coming years. On the other hand, giants like Google are already moving in this direction, so it’s good to keep up.
# 2 – Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
The AR and VR have in recent years done much innovation in app development. It seems that in the future will continue to do so.
According to data from Statista, the world market of AR and VR technologies will go from 27 billion dollars in 2018 to about 209 billion in 2022. These are encouraging numbers that underline the importance of integrating these technologies also in mobile applications.
As if that weren’t enough, AR and VR are establishing themselves as central to hitherto unexplored sectors, opening up new opportunities for developers as well. These are main sectors such as healthcare, retail, education, and travel, areas in which Augmented and Virtual Reality could be used to significantly improve the user experience.
# 3 – 5G technology
Power and speed have always been two fundamental characteristics for the success of an App. That is why 5G technology can further contribute to the development of mobile applications.
Thanks to 5G, 100 times faster than 4G, it will not only be possible to significantly speed up data transmission. It will also be possible to allow the development of mobile applications for sectors that have remained marginal until now, precisely because of the excessive latency of 4G.
We are talking about areas that are far from negligible such as the Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality, the sector of data security, health, and 3D games, for which the combination of low latency, high bandwidth, and density connection guaranteed by 5G will offer important opportunities.
For App developers this is an unprecedented scenario thanks to which it will be possible to create increasingly innovative applications; that’s why 5G is a top trend not to be underestimated.
# 4 – Beacon technology
Among the trends for app development in 2021, Beacons could not be missed, the innovative BLE-based technology that is revolutionizing not only marketing but also other areas, such as social and information.
The strengths of this new technology are known but to use it properly it’s necessary to develop Apps that can receive and read the messages sent by the Beacons.
To date, there are “standard” Apps (especially for the Android world) capable of deciphering different Beacons, but in general, the potential of this technology is maximized by the implementation of dedicated applications.
# 5 – Wearables and M-Commerce
Wearables, or wearable devices, are becoming increasingly popular in the world. We are no longer speaking only about the well-known Apple or Android smartwatches. There is also talk about new devices, such as smart clothing, which are coming in hot as we speak!
It is no coincidence that according to Statista in 2022 there will be 1.1 billion connected Wearables for which, therefore, it will be necessary to implement applications. As for the desktop and the mobile, also for the Wearables world, it will be necessary to create Apps that can function correctly and continuously. We consider that in the Western world the Wearables are still in the “debut” phase. It’s easy to see how important they can be for app development.
Like the Wearables, the future of M-Commerce also looks promising, especially considering the strong increase in mobile purchases. Mobile shopping has seen a notable increase in recent years, as highlighted by surveys from Oberlo and Shopify.
The first research speaks of an increase in online shoppers in 2021 up to 2.14 billion. The second instead estimates an increase in world e-commerce sales of as much as 276.9%. More and more users, therefore, prefer mobile devices to make their purchases. This will affect the creation and development of apps that can simplify and speed up this process.
#6 – Our opinion on the other trends to consider for this and next year are AI (Artificial Intelligence), chatbots, blockchain cross-platform mobile apps.
The world of apps is constantly growing and expanding but also highly competitive. This is why incorporating emerging technologies into mobile application development will be increasingly crucial to stand out. Choose your partner on the road to success wisely.
In Qwertify we are brave enough to challenge the convention and smart enough to make it work!