With massive developments in technology, the mobile app development industry is also growing extensively. This growth requires the business owners to be vigilant in order to keep up with the trends. Although 2020 is going through some tough times and the mobile industry, in general, is having a massive loss. However, the app development market is thriving now more than ever. As social distancing has become the norm, we can see the massive increase in the user base of mobile applications. Online meeting applications have experienced up to 200% growth and digital transactions have also faced the similar trend.
The industry is changing rapidly, and the slope is falling towards mobile app development. Therefore, this is the best time to get on the wagon and start developing an application that can help the industry grow.
Let us take a look at some of the upcoming mobile app development trends for the year 2020
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new concept, but it is gaining a lot of attention with regards to mobile development. In the modern world, 60% of the mobile devices are connected to the internet. Moreover, with the 5G revolution in place, this number will increase even more significantly. A good example of this is the ‘Home security system’ which can now be controlled through a mobile phone. Many of our home appliances like Air Conditioner, Television, and even your refrigerator can now connect to the Wi-fi. Therefore, with such a huge rise in the number of connections to IoT. The market is expecting to touch a figure of $194 billion by the end of year 2020.
Revolutionary 5G Technology
Whenever an app is upgraded, it is loaded with more useful functionalities and is expected to work faster and without any lag. The new 5G technology is expected to be the solution to this problem. The new 5G technology will offer a speed that was previously unimaginable. This will not just support the application to operate faster but will also help the developers in many ways. Its major contribution in development will be the reduction of time in the development and testing process. 5G is expected to be accessible in the year 2020. Therefore, major brands are well on their way to scale up their mobile apps accordingly.
Wearable devices are getting more popular these days especially smartwatches and fitness bands. All the smartphone companies have launched their wearable accessories in the market. Among these wearable devices, the new apple watch is the most popular. This has opened up more opportunities for app developers to work for such wearable devices. As brands are engaged in a race to equip the smartwatch with most functionalities. This would prove to be a golden opportunity for developers to make a good future in the wearable devices industry.
The beacon technology would prove beneficial for the business owners. The way it operates is that the company installs a beacon in the retail store and the customer installs the supporting app on its smartphone. Whenever there is news regarding the sale and promotion of a particular product, customers receive a push notification on their smartphones. This allows the retailers to schedule the notification for future dates. Moreover, it helps the customers know about all the latest products beforehand.
A mobile wallet is a better and convenient solution for handling day to day transactions. A few of the most popular mobile wallets are Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay. Some mobile wallets are highly compatible with local bodies. This allows you to pay your dues ahead of time at the ease of your home. The number of users for the mobile wallet is expected to grow in the coming years, so there is a big opportunity for the business owners to integrate these wallets into all future apps. During the times of social distancing, people refrain form handling cash which may be infectious. In this scenario, digital transactions can bridge such a gap.
Cloud computing could prove to be the most useful and cost-effective mobile app development tool. Instead of piling up data on smartphones, the users will switch to cloud storage which will increase their storage capacity and provide immediate access to the data anywhere. This already is a game-changer as businesses around the world are relying on a secure cloud network for data accessibility. Previously, data had to travel in floppies, CDs, and USB devices, which all have a certain risk factor. Wherever, cloud storage provides an easy mobile solution, Cloud Computing helps in performing complex tasks with big teams. Cloud computing is expecting to gain much more attention amongst business owners by the end of year 2020.
VR and AR
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is another big opportunity for developers to explore in 2020 as it is playing an important role in the modern gaming industry. Pokémon Go is one great example of augmented reality, where the players can immerse themselves. There is a lot of potential in VR for not just in the gaming industry, but also in the retail industry. Brands like Sephora and IKEA are already launching virtual reality apps that are revolutionizing the modern way of shopping. So, users can go to a digital version of the store and buy their products. These products will get delivered at your doorstep through a postal delivery service. So, you will be able to do shopping from a store without stepping out of your house. Experts believe that with social distancing on the rise, Virtual Reality can be used as a coping mechanism. The list above is just a few of the opportunities that 2020 holds for business owners in regards to Mobile Apps. In order to stay ahead of the competition, each company should have a special focus on mobile app development.