The year of Invention of mobile and each coming year after that, not a single year passed the same as previous. Mobile has been roaring a hit success, and it is more than any other invention, leaving aside medicines.
The advancement in Mobile App Development business is at breathtaking phase. For developers, the challenge is not just to match the current trend but beyond that designing a platform for future as well.
According to statista, by 2020, mobile apps are forecast to generate around 189 billion U.S. dollars in revenues via app stores and in-app advertising. Some of the most popular operating system-native stores are Apple’s App Store, Google Play, as well as the Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry App World.
There is a waste scope to earn revenue via mobile app development. Development in Mobile App development field is improving UX as well by making their lives easier.
A mobile app developer has to follow the trend to survive in the market. These apps are making UX easier than ever.
Below is the Top 10 Mobile app Trends To watch and follow in 2019 for mobile app developers. It will also help them to think beyond 2019.
1. Internet of things [IoT] will be of utmost importance
IoT has reached its hype peak, says Gartner. The urge to connect the physical world and control it remotely has given IoT an important factor in developing the apps. Because of IoT, you can control lots of your gadgets in the house via smartphone on Android or iOS.
Online shopping is already we are doing. Now online shopping of day to day household products/goods are also trending. We are already using taxi services like Uber & Ola. Around 50% of the companies track their customers through mobile apps and around 45% use it to track the products.
IDC forecasts that the worldwide market for IoT solutions will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. These stats are enough to get the idea of how important and big IoT is for the mobile app development and how developers should not overlook the significance in the coming future.
2. Security in the app will tighten
The functions of any mobile app are important but security is as important as the app itself to increase customer base. Nowadays we are facing a number of issues where our data is not secure and leading people far from trusting data sharing.
We share our personal information like our private numbers, family details and most critical details related to our bank accounts. It can’t be compromised at any cost.
Giants coming out like Facebook, Google, and Uber. Accepting the Hacking and security failures, it made us think threefold before sharing any of our personal data. App developers have to look into cyber security, protection laws, and data privacy.
The security issues of data we permit to the application owners are for their convenience. Any third party is getting shared data or if another party is selling our data for their own purpose than it can’t be tolerated.
To avoid commercial frauds and gain the trust of consumers, the focus should be on security. The consumers have a number of choices when it comes to installing an app but then they should consider the security as the decisive factor. And the apps assuring security will be trustable in 2019.
3. Beacon technology Enhancement
We are already aware of Beacon Technology; in 2019 we are going to see an expansion of this technology. The invention of the iBeacon by Apple has already made the jobs of the developers easy.
This will enhance the user experience by making information seeking even more quickly. This is going to turn around the way retailers used to do the business. But the developers have to look its uses outside of retails, at airports, concert venues, theme park etc.
Also have to work on the security issues, payment beacons, personalized beacons and take into account the battery usage.
4. Cloud technology will be in full swing:
It took time, cloud technology has made its mark in the year 2015 but it is here to stay forever. There is still a very long way to go. The world is looking forward to the possibilities cloud computing is offering.
83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, according to Forbes. The reason is that cloud support allows the mobile app developers to maintain the actual size of the app.
This ultimately helps in bandwidth and memory. It is also reducing the cost, larger storage, increasing loading capacity, streamlining operations, counting increased user retention.
5. Eyes on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence is the present and future of technology. Not new terms, AI and machine learning have already entered its feet into mobile apps more than we think. AI is changing the world of Business.
iOS assistant, Siri is a live example that how artificial intelligence and machine learning are part of mobile apps. It can’t be separated now. Mobile apps are going from being mere utilities to an essential part of our workflow. Chatbot and virtual assistant is what we’re looking forward now.
Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have already applied AI and investing huge amount in research and development says its importance. It takes customer experience on heights.
So, after experiencing an initial stage of AI people are curious what’s next in 2019.
6. Increasing Demand for Wearable Devices
Wearables are always within reach. Notice the Incredibly rising usage and popularity of wearable devices. Starting from Hearing device, Smartwatches, Fitness bands, Sunglasses, Movement trackers, Smart jewelry like ring, clothing variables etc.
The Fitness industry is looking towards Smartwatches, and then we have Apple already with a smartwatch, Fitbit with Fitness bands, new entrants are Zomato and Uber investing in wearables.
There is a scope to develop many advanced designing features for wearables. There are more advanced features coming up in 2019, and people are ready to experience new advancement.
7. AR & VR influencing Mobile Apps
AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) is still in its initial stage in mobile app development especially VR. So 2019 will be focusing on AR mostly. VR is little far from implementation. Again Big brands like Apple, Google are giving us breathtaking experiment on iPhone X, Xs, Xmax & XR, proving that 2019 is going to be the game of AR.
We have seen examples of ‘Pokémon Go’, it was just a temporary storm, but VR and AR are here forever. The market is expecting the growth of over $200 billion in revenues by 2020. We are getting excited to hear this because there’s more are coming.
AR and VR are not just for entertainment and gaming purpose, it has discovered much use in business workforce training. It means it is useful too, and that is what it is all about.
8. Payment Gateways & Mobile Wallets
Banks are leveraging Mobile wallet experience. There is a significant change in habit of users. People are using mobile wallets more often nowadays. As earlier I have mentioned if users are given security assurance, this market is going to experience huge positive results.
We have Amazon pay, Google pay, Apple pay and dozens of other mobile wallets. People are turning towards a cashless economy. M-commerce has successfully placed in our life. We’ve slowly moved from cash to debit card to credit card to mobile wallets and now digital currency.
Secured payment gateways and mobile wallets are future in a payment system.
9. Instant Apps is what people looking for
Just a few years, I mean in 2016 only we saw instant app’s Birth. The apps that are small in size, no need to install and download, easy to use, and highly convenient. The name itself says Instant apps, which will not make you wait longer to download and install.
Loading time will be reduced because it makes your phone memory free. It can also be shared with friends. The known examples of this kind of apps are Red Bull TV, Buzzfeed, Onefootball, and New York Times crossword etc. Developers should focus on designing instant apps in 2019.
10. AMP & 5G Wireless
People are looking for instant apps because they are tired of Loading and waiting. Accelerated mobile pages (AMP) are 84% faster than regular ones. AMP’s can be customized for different browsers, so but obviously more development is expected from it. It improves UX.
When we are talking about speed, correlated to it is 5G Wireless. In 2018 fixed 5G apps found its space, in 2019 it is expected to find its way to the smartphone. Developers have to double up their speed because 5G is going to be 100 times quicker than 4G.
Applications running under 4G take minutes to download; it will change in seconds with 5G. The Developer also has to design features matching network speed. It will also improve security. Ambient computing will also be possible with the wireless network.
Over to You:
Above mentioned topics will definitely be helpful for developers to design a successful mobile app. There are still other topics like Blockchain Technology, Location-Based Services, Low-Code App Development Platforms (LCDPs), these apps development and technology is anticipated in 2019.
It is not that difficult to deal with all the mentioned topics because developers have already applied all these technologies on an initial stage. Above 10 Trends will definitely help to boost mobile app business if you want to match the trends.