Every year, programmers develop new mobile applications using the latest technologies. Whether it’s regular last seen trackers or a mobile game, app creators try to innovate at every stage of development.
Improvements in smartphone technology and fast Internet access are leading to people spending more and more time online these days. The latest technology trends, security updates, and modern programming languages are giving mobile apps a new character.
Here are some of the most popular of these new trends in the development of mobile applications.
Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing technology
Recent advances in artificial intelligence will change the way you interact with mobile applications. Virtual assistants such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant will now help us collect information, make an appointment, optimize performance, or organize graphics.
The International Data Corporation predicts that the AI market will grow to $40 billion by the end of 2020.
This trend indicates that most sectors want to integrate their systems with artificial intelligence.
The medical and manufacturing sectors have been very successful in increasing the efficiency of their products or services by adding AI elements. Technology giants such as Google and Apple are releasing new AR demos on their latest devices. This fact proves that AR/VR soon will change the rules of the game.
The researchers suggest that these technologies will appear on social platforms for branding, as well as to focus on potential consumers with the AR/VR-applications “Beyond The Screens.”
Social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram have already released their AR filters, which can transform a human face into different funny digital characters.
Here are some examples of AR & VR trends:
- Mobile AR;
- AR in the advertising sector;
- AR in the manufacturing sector;
- AR in health care.
Currently, most wearable gadgets are usually synchronized with smartphones. CCS Insights forecasts that the number of portable devices will triple, from 84 million in 2015 to 245 million in 2020. According to the Business Intelligence report, the market for mobile devices will increase by about 35 percent.
Smartwatches will not only improve personality and style but will also be a virtual device in many ways.
In 2019, medical institutions began to use wearable applications daily widely. They use these applications to collect essential data, such as heart rate and blood glucose levels in their patients. In addition to the medical field, other industries can also introduce similar functions.
The popularity of smartwatches will rise to new heights in the market this year. This development will lead to the appearance of more applications that use impressive features that will run on smartwatches.
Companies will integrate their services with a smartwatch. Wearing apps will help you stay in touch with other activities without looking at your phone. In financial terms, the wearable device industry will cost $33 billion by the end of 2020.
With such intense demand for wearable gadgets as smartwatches, fitness trackers, or wearable headsets, the wearable app industry will also grow.
Chatbots are on the rise
On this issue, researchers predict that chatbots will take up more aspects of communication in the world of mobile apps.
Since interaction between people in various fields is significant, the need for real-time interaction between service providers and consumers will encourage the use of chatbots.
The chatbot market is expected to grow to 1,250 million by 2025. Chatbots are currently linked to AR and VR technologies to offer businesses a digital weapon that gives them a competitive edge over their rivals. They have played a crucial role in taking customer relationship management to a new level.
Users always tend to abandon mobile apps after a while.
Many apps will use chatbots to solve this problem. Since many companies profit from interacting with consumers, firms will compete with each other to launch unique chatbot apps.
Safety is the primary concern
The security of mobile applications remains one of the main requirements this year. We’ve already seen growth in encrypted messaging, the user data protection industry, mobile browsers protecting user privacy, Google’s efforts to improve app permissions, and other efforts.
These are clear indicators of the need for application security. Improvements in mobile device security will occur in 2020, especially for applications that use payment methods, privacy protection, and data encryption.
Some critical issues that come to mind when users install applications on their smartphones:
- Can an application store sensitive data safely?
- Can anyone hack into the data stored by the app?
- How much data does the app need?
- Will the app drain resources and slow down the phone?
- Can the data be misused?
Mobile apps that can convince users that they have taken care of their security can succeed.
Increased demand for custom applications
One of the most important trends in mobile applications in 2020 is the increase in the number of on-demand applications that allow you to live without problems and comfortably.
Starting from food, health care, delivery, beauty, and travel – everywhere you need apps. The growth of on-demand apps has significantly reduced the gap between service providers and consumers.
This trend will overgrow this year, as more and more applications appear in each sector.
Statistics showed that 42% of the adult population used at least one on-demand service. There is no evidence that this on-demand trend will disappear any time soon.
Blockchain technology was launched long ago and became popular a few years ago. When it comes to assets, most financial institutions and investors get huge benefits from this technology.
According to Transparency Market Research, by 2024, the Blockchain technology will reach the level of 20 billion dollars. For example, it is possible to develop decentralized mobile applications using Blockchain technology.
A decentralized mobile application is, in fact, an application that does not belong to any person. It is also impossible to turn it off, and therefore it will not experience any downtime.
In other words, Blockchain is expected to make a more outstanding contribution to the mobile app industry by enabling the decentralization of mobile apps.
An increasing number of mobile applications are set up to find ways to profit from this technology. They use the required methods adopted on a decentralized currency platform.
Some of the future trends in block technology include:
- Asset tokenization.
- Cryptocurrency trading.
- BAAS (Blockchain-as-a-service).
- Crypto space and games.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is becoming an essential part of our lives. Smart homes, smart devices, smart cities, and intelligent vehicles are on top of research and technology. Their goal is to make our lives more comfortable and safe at the same time.
With the increasing use of mobile devices, most connected solutions tend to include a mobile application or use a mobile approach.
For example, it is much more convenient to manage your home from a smartphone. In this case, you need to have a mobile application. The development of mobile IoT applications is one of the main trends.
As the number of IoT devices and networks increases, the need for multifunction applications will inevitably increase.
Mobile payment services
When you talk about mobile commerce, payments via cell phones cannot be far behind. Because people are more comfortable and confident in making online payments, a mobile application should combine several payment gateways.
Any successful mobile application will have at least three or four methods of payment. These include credit or debit cards, mobile wallets, gift cards, and others.
Many European countries intend to introduce cryptocurrency as a payment method in the future. This approach means that the inclusion of cryptocurrency as a payment method will be implemented shortly.
As for the development of mobile applications, in 2020, the banking platforms will not lag. So it’s going to expect that the banking sector will present more mobile payment options.
Cloud storage platforms
2020 marks a growth in the number of applications for various services and products. This can be a problem when it comes to storage space.
We expect cloud storage to help curb this threat this year. The integration of cloud storage platforms for applications will simplify security measures, as well as data management and storage for enterprises.
Professionals these days use Dropbox, Evernote, Google notes in their workplace. These apps are hosted on the cloud platform so that they can access their personal and professional data anytime, anywhere.
With the launch of these apps, there were security and privacy concerns. No one can pretend that these problems have been completely solved. However, they are now under much more control. Thus, their use has increased many times. These changes also affect the mobile industry.
So, one of the most popular trends in the development of mobile applications is cloud integration. This development will ensure that users all over the world will get the whole experience.
It will be useful for organizations that are engaged in the training of people, as listeners can use training materials from any place at their discretion. We will hope the integration of cloud solutions with mobile applications to increase in 2020-2021.