Hottest Mobile App Development Trends of 2020
Back in the day, when neither App store nor Play Store existed; the then mobile phones only provided some of rudimentary applications like calculator, world clock, calendar, and contact book. Nokia’s made the most desirable mobile phones and ‘Snake’ was a hit game amongst the users. And that was what the mobile experience all about. However, app innovation took a boast in 2002 when Blackberry smartphone was introduced featuring wireless emailing service. In July 2008 mobile app development sector was disrupted when Apple’s App Store went online.
Both App store and Playstore have apps for everything; mobile is giving access to everything from business, shopping, gaming, railways, news, and food ordering to banking in just some clicks. Looks like app innovation is a deep sea and deeper diving is all that’s required. The aftermath of the mobile application revolution makes it obvious that the current and coming decades will bring enhanced and mind-blowing mobile app trends. Some of the most prominent ones are:
Blockchain as a Service (BaaS)
A controversial yet revolutionary technology- Blockchain has helped catapult many start-ups and established firms to which offer BaaS based offerings. It provides features like sending push messages, managing users on the app and connecting to third-party cloud services. But in 2020 the technology will rise up to providing asset tokenisation, trading on cryptocurrency exchange and crypto game and spacing.
Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Remember the FaceApp about which people went crazy overnight, it was the brilliant use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the mobile app. Similar ML and AI-backed apps are Replika, Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant, and IRIS. 2020 will witness the incredible amalgamation of virtual assistants and websites or applications. While digging heels deeper in the same area, Apple welcomed Core ML 3 — the latest version of its machine learning model framework allows the iOS developers to embed AI smart features into their mobile apps at the WWDC 2019. Thus the year will see ‘smarter phones.’
According to Gartner’s research, Chatbots will be delivering $8 billion in cost savings by 2022. Out of approx. 1.8 million in the Apple App Store and 2.9 million apps in the Google Play, only a few are equipped with chatbots to provide enhanced UI/UX services. Starbucks unveiled an app called ‘My Starbucks Barista’ which automatically placed an order by just telling the app the kind of coffee you want to sip.
Wearable App Integration
Technology gurus are vigorously working on wearable technologies to bring the fantasy watch of Iron Man’s into life and interestingly it has been successful so far. Going on the statistics of Statista, the number of connected wearable devices reached 453 million in 2017 and is expected to reach 929 million by 2021. While progressing and making significance in wearable technologies, Apple has announced an update in WatchOS by which it will have its own App Store and no longer require a companion iOS app.
IoT-Backed Mobile Apps
2019 has been a great year for the Internet of Things as Amazon and Google has launched the ‘Echo’ and ‘Alexa’ range of devices and ‘Google Home Voice Controller’ respectively. While taking the technology prominently, Google with Nest, a home security manufacturer is all set to acquire famous acquire wearable company Fitbit for over $2.1 billion.
Apps for ‘Foldables’
Samsung has begun the mass production of foldable OLED panels to be used in the Galaxy Fold smartphone and is expected to begin the sale on April 26, 2020. The Galaxy Fold will be 4.6-inches in size when folded and 7.3-inches when spread out improving the mobile user experience. Meanwhile, Google officially announced to bring the mobile innovations featuring foldable support by using its ‘screen continuity’ API.
Positive Impacts of Unfolding the device on users:
- Increase their screen size.
- More space for detailed and immersive user experience.
- With multi-windows, a user can perform multiple tasks at the same time.
- Better gaming and video streaming experience.
Mobile application development has become a culture not just a trend, a major revenue generating culture for the technology service providers. So much so that, by the year 2021, mobile app market revenue is expected to reach $693 billion. But the real struggle lies in understanding the dynamic behaviour of mobile users. Among 2.9 million apps in the Play Store, it is difficult to stand out and there is no way this expansion will slow in the near future. Casting gimlet eyes on the rapidly changing market trends and modifying your application accordingly with innovative updates, AI and IoT-backed features and VR and AR are the only saviours.