Top 8 mobile app development trends to rule in 2021

In the last couple of years, mobile apps have become man’s best buddies and why not? Today, mobile apps are considered as one of the most valuable technological innovation that has transformed the entire dynamic digital world.  87% of users prefer spending time on mobile apps rather than directly on the web browsers.

With the recent Coronavirus pandemic coming into the picture, it has boosted up the level of mobile app developments worldwide. Mobile apps have changed and affected us the way we:

  • Communicate
  • Shop
  • Work

Organizations are now mostly opting for mobile applications that will address their present crisis situations as well as create a strong pathway for the future. However, if your company is an end user for any of the latest apps, then it is imperative for your team to first provide valid and relevant answers to these questions. Will the mobile app development:

  • Open the bottleneck created by your product or service?
  • Help you reach more customers?
  • Be at par with your current product or service?

Over the last few years, especially if we take into consideration 2019 and 2020, there has been a vast upsurge in the mobile development landscape and a lot of changes and advancements have taken place where Artificial Intelligence, IoT, network connectivity are concerned. And as we ended 2020, let us find out the upcoming mobile application trends that will rule the coming year. Mobility today helps you to streamline business processes and reduce costs. Therefore, if you are looking to outsource your mobility service you can avail our services at Secure Info.

Read on to know the top influencers in the upcoming year where mobility is concerned.

1. 5G

The next level of networking technology is knocking at our doors and we can expect 5G to be in and ruling by 2021. 5G technology claims to provide you with 100 times faster speed than 4G network. It will be cheaper and its speed will reach upto 100 Gbps. Experts are of the opinion that 5G network has been specifically designed to enhance apps like AR, VR and 4K video streaming. With 5G in the picture, developers now can easily augment their designs and features that will boost up business performances.

By the mid of year 2020 all the mobile phones that were being manufactured had in-built support system for 5G, for example iPhone 12. It is being estimated that 5G connections will reach approximately 20 million to 100 million users by the end of 2021.

2. Internet of Things

With the growth in the telecom sector, IoT or Internet of Things has developed in leaps and bounds. IoT technology is mainly used for automation related to smartphones, smart televisions, smart watches and so on. You would require IoT if you want to build a smart home – therefore it is essential to use it for mobile apps as well.

Experts have predicted that by 2022 IoT market share will increase in value to 500 billion dollars and this prediction is only for USA. So, mobile tech users should get ready as IoT will take the entire world by storm with its advanced technology. IoT will invade our households and impact us on how we live, how we interact and how we conduct our daily normal lives. Thus in 2021, whenever you will think of smart home automation, think of Internet of Things.

With the rise in the mobile devices, the opportunities for IoT technology have also gone up. Now through mobile apps just sitting at any remote location, you can change the temperature of your living room, lock or unlock doors, control your home’s entire security system or even adjust any electronic gadgets you want to access.

3. Instant Apps

Instant apps were first introduced by Google in 2016 for Android app development arena. This way you can access an app of your choice without downloading it on your mobile. Therefore, your storage space is not significantly used. Instant apps are usually compatible with all Android devices. This technology is mostly used for mobile gaming and e-commerce shopping. It is safe and handy. 2021 will see a vast upsurge in usage of instant apps. More users would prefer using temporary apps rather than permanently downloading them on their system.

4. Artificial Intelligence

A recent report by Gartner showed that usage of Artificial Intelligence has increased by 300% since the year 2018. Experts claim that using AI in mobile apps will increase business growth through user engagement, task automation and improved productivity. With the help of cloud computing, AI will definitely benefit mobile devices as we step into the year 2021. Integrating AI through mobile devices will help in smarter economy and will influence search engines, marketplace, business automation and user behavior.

5. Mobile Wallet

One of the newest innovations in the block, mobile wallet has created a storm in the digital world. These apps are extremely easy and convenient way of paying bills when you are doing any monetary transactions online using your smartphone. There are a number of international apps that are being used regularly by users such as PayPal, GooglePay, Android Pay, Apple Pay and so on. You can either connect them with your bank account or your credit or debit cards. Experts are claiming that your future wallet will be mobile wallets. They forecast that there will be a growth of 36% by the starting of next year in mobile payment app users. Upper middle class residents in countries like China are already using mobile wallet apps for their daily purchases.

6. Cloud- based Mobile Apps

2020 saw a growth in cloud services market by almost 17%. Today, the entire digital ecosystem is revolving around cloud. With Salesforce, Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, and OneDrive providing cloud solutions to regular users, cloud computing technology has become a daily requirement. Any cloud based app fetch data from cloud and stores it on the cloud. This is one of the most secure ways you can save your data – on cloud. This way you can use your phone’s internal memory as less as possible.

7. Chatbots

Companies now prefer chatbots-based solutions that involve increased usage of text and voice-based user interaction through mobile apps and software. Chatbots are also ways for apps to respond to voice-based commands like Siri. Companies are also using chatbots to interact with their clients on a regular basis. Gone are the days where companies would prefer mobile calls as part of their CRM system. Chatbots are faster and easier way to attend to customer queries. Developers are instructed to integrate chatbots with mobile apps for different purpose such as customer interaction, customer engagement, troubleshooting and so on. Organizations related to online shopping, online food delivery, online grocery shopping, logistics and so on are regularly using chatbots.

8. Augmented Reality

More and more industries today are using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies – mainly travel, healthcare, retail, education, etc. Mobile apps are integrating AR and VR to improve user experience for these industries. This way they are able to pump up their sales and also improve customer interaction and engagement. With each passing year, developers are enhancing AR technologies. AR and VR also much used in gaming apps.

Closing thoughts

As the world is becoming more and more digitized, mobile apps are getting cosmopolitian. App developers are trying their best to make mobile applications less complicated yet power-packed with latest technologies. This is a constant cycle of brainstorming and ideating for companies and developers together. However, as an end user it is your duty to ensure any app that you opt for is best suiting your requirement.