Changing trends in mobile app development: here’s how to catch up

Have you ever wondered how mobile apps have changed our lives drastically?

Waking up to a morning alarm, catching up daily news, having a chit-chat with a long-distance friend, ordering a quick bite, booking tickets for the weekend party, maintaining your to-do lists, binge-watching your favorite series, checking your email and quickly following up with a project, monitoring your sleep time — you have exclusive mobile apps to pull all these off and accomplish a lot more.

Mobile apps have become part and parcel of our daily routines. A day without these mobile apps is uninteresting, boring, and like going back to stone ages. The trends in the mobile app sphere are changing on a daily basis and advancing rapidly with a focus to leverage technology to ease our lives and businesses.

If you are looking forward to launching mobile apps for your business, it is crucial that you need to be aware of the contemporary trends in mobile app development. In this article, we will walk you through the latest trends and developments in the app technologies so that you can develop an app that is future-ready. 

What follows is a list of most recent and top nine trends in mobile apps that you need to know:

#1 Reality is more fascinating than fiction when it is augmented [AR]

AR that stands for augmented reality isn’t a new terminology for technology enthusiasts. It is researched that the market for the AR-powered mobile apps will hit $209 Billion by 2021. Augmented reality lets your app give more real-like experiences to your users. AR is a kind of technology where computer-generated elements and models are superimposed on real-world elements to give a stunning and composite experience to the users. This augmented reality has been on its booming curve since recent years, especially in the gaming and entertainment industries. You can leverage augmented reality to offer unique and compelling digital experiences to your customers and interact with them in a memorable way.

#2 Accelerated mobile pages that accelerate your performance

It’s been more than three years since Google started giving a high-preference to mobile-friendly webpages in indexing and ranking. Accelerated mobile pages, often abbreviated as AMP is a technology used to decrease the website’s load-time on mobile devices. This has taken the mobile design industry by storm and resulted in webpages that are lightweight and load quickly. Now, mobile apps are also adapting to AMP technologies and gearing up to faster, smooth, and seamless page loads. Make sure your app pages have a decent AMP score because AMP-enabled mobile apps go a long way in decreasing the bounce rate and increasing the user retention rate.

#3 Get all things done with Internet of Things (IoT)

From the time Internet used to be a luxury to today where it has become an absolute necessity, the rate of its growth has only been astounding. The future of the Internet is more than exhilarating. Internet of things (IoT) refers to interconnecting all the objects and things around us via Internet with computer-embedded smart devices to enable remote operations from anywhere any time.

The IoT devices are majorly operated, accessed, and controlled on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and a lot of IoT-based mobile apps are being developed these days. The concept of IoT is definitely here to stay and mobile apps can’t envision their future without leveraging IoT. 

#4 From chat to call, Artificial Intelligence does it all [AI]

The scope of incorporating new-age technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP) in mobile apps has widened like never before. AI-powered apps like Google Assistant have raised the bars and set really high standards. The percentage of mobile apps that use AI has increased drastically in 2020. 

Big players like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM are investing a huge chunk of dollars on Artificial Intelligence. AI-powered mobile apps make use of advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces, and intuitive dashboards to deliver data-driven insights and insight-based actionable items to its business users.

Trends in mobile app development

#5 M-commerce becoming the new eCommerce

Mobile devices have redefined online shopping experiences to a large extent in the last couple of years. From adding items to the shopping cart to integrating seamlessly with the payment gateways, there are mobile apps that provide comprehensive shopping interfaces end-to-end. Payment apps like Google pay and Apple pay are replacing conventional debit/credit card payments and preferred by customers for their ease of use and transactions. The future of apps is flourishing and promising with m-commerce integration. Thus, developers need to make it a point that their apps are scalable and m-commerce enabled.

#6 Cloud-based mobile platforms gonna rain cats and dogs

Cloud storage comes with a plethora of benefits and cloud systems cater to a broad set of users ranging from non-technical users, business users, tech-savvies, and hi-end professionals. From small-medium enterprises to mom and pop start-ups, a lot of businesses depend upon the cloud storage applications. This opens up great platforms for mobile-based cloud storage applications that are handy, flexible, and scalable. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Microsoft storage are familiar cloud storage platforms used by numerous businesses. App developers need to learn and equip themselves to meet the humongous need of developing cloud-based apps that are going to be the order of the day.

#7 Safety and security is not an option

While technological advancement and growth have opened up the doors of innovation wider like never before, there’s a grey side to it too. The threat to security and data privacy has become a major reason to feel unsafe online. Towards the end of 2019 and the onset of 2020, the digital users’ community has become highly sensitive and more vocal to the security-related issues. The apps that are going to pass the test of the time are the ones that enforce a transparent mechanism in place to ensure safety, reliability, and data protection.

App developers need to understand the safety concerns and adopt foolproof mechanisms to prevent issues like insecure storage, privacy violation, data breach, inappropriate use of personal identifiers, and unsafe deployment.

#8 Let bots do all the chatting

Twenty years ago, if someone told us we can send unlimited free SMSes using cellular data, we must have ridiculed them. But apps like WhatsApp made it true and possible. Likewise, it should be hard to believe now that in another couple of years bots are going to take care of handling customer service, ticketing, and sales interaction completely.

Apps that have pre-programmed guidelines and logics to dictate the bots to choose appropriate and customized reply messages will take over communication all over the digital space. This replaces real-time communication and facilitates instantaneous, seamless, and effective communication without human intervention. It is expected that by the end of 2021, 85% of communication between customers and service providers will be taken care of by chatbots. App developers need to cope up with this most amazing trend to survive the competitive storm and provide unique and interactive conversational experiences to their users.

#9 On-demand apps are the next big things

As the very name reads, on-demand apps connect service providers and customers to those who have needs. Providing taxi services on-demand, delivering food on demand, running an errand on demand, rendering a babysitting service on demand, etc. are examples of providing services on demand via mobile apps.

The on-demand app market has made the Internet space a more open and democratic medium where service providers and customers interact with each other directly and effectively, thus empowering both the ends. These apps make it very easy for a customer to avail services on the go, in the blink of an eye. A lot of organizations have shifted their focus to adapt their business to an on-demand app model. It is studied that over 80 Million Americans make use of these on-demand services more frequently.

These mobile app trends are only glimpses of the future whereas, the actual and real future is more fun, interesting, mindblowing, and exhilarating. Technology enthusiasts can’t wait to see these trends get real, spread wide, and become a thing of commoners. When you hire a mobile app developer, you must ensure that they are up to date with these trends.

Follow this space to stay in the know of the latest advancements in mobile apps. This helps you leverage technology to upgrade your apps to current trends, beat the competition, and reach your customers better. For a free consultation on how to upgrade your apps to the recent trends, write to us at hello@siamcomputing.com

At Siam computing, we help you deliver a remarkable mobile app experience to your customers. We provide mobile app development services that use the most advanced technologies and platforms. With the best app developers company, we ensure that the apps that we deliver are unique, best-performing, high-tech, and up-to-date.

In the next chapters, we will get you a handy checklist that you need while choosing the freelancer/company to develop your app.