Mobile App Development

Top Mobile App Development Trends

The mobile app industry is evolving at full tilt. The latest US statistics show that an average person spends 2 hours, 55 minutes on a smartphone; about 90 percent of this time goes to apps. The going mobile tendency will rise, as the number of mobile app downloads worldwide is steadily increasing. The statistics expect that as compared to 29 billion in 2016, the number of iOS app downloads will increase to 42 billion in 2021. Moreover, likely, the number of app downloads from Google Play store and third-party Android stores will increase from 63 billion to 196 billion and 55 billion to 112 billion, respectively, in 2021 compared to 2016. While mobile app developers hasten around breakthrough ideas and new tech stuff, businesses are looking for ways to grow their profit. What will keep them tuned in the coming year? Here, we have collated the top 10 trends in mobile app development we hope to see in 2021 and the years ahead. We have picked the hottest trends, not because they are in vogue but because these trends are actual, prospective, and lucrative.

1. Security

Prior knowledge of possible dangers gives one a tactical advantage. One of the most adverse app trends for many years is mobile security and data privacy. Smartphones and apps are easy targets for hackers to steal credentials, spying, and spread scam ads. A hacker attack happens every 39 seconds globally. We do not pay heed to it unless we suffer personal data leakage or get suspicious of app behavior. From year to year, the top contributors to app vulnerabilities remain more or less the same:
  • Human factors (user’s heedlessness)
  • Flawed app code
  • Weak password and username
  • Insufficient authentication
  • Improper SSL/TLS validation
  • Weak data encryption
  • Lack of binary protection and several others
We expect more sophisticated mobile threats to broaden in the distribution and delegitimization of standard security measures in the coming years. Mobile developers and users will have to collaborate to keep an eye on the security of devices, mobile apps, and data against any threat to avoid putting personal and business data at stake. The do’s for ensuring security are:
  • Stick to the high-level authentification
  • Use the best encryption tools and techniques.
  • Code well and test, time and again

2. AI and ML

Artificial Intelligence, i.e., AI, and machine learning, i.e., ML, can help mobile app developers gain a lot. It is because of the technology’s ability to optimize mobile app development and improve user experience. Machine learning algorithms help analyze user behavior patterns to enhance audience engagement and maximize search on the app to generate contextual results and personalized advertisements. Apple Siri, AI-driven Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa have already become our mobile companions. Virtual assistants, motion detection and facial recognition, and sound speech recognition already found their place under the sun; 2020 hopes to bring a more personalized experience for mobile users. More players will enter into the nascent industry of smart clothing and sensors. Powered by machine learning, apparel and footwear will experience an explosion in healthcare and pharmaceutics, sports, and fitness. Clothes infused with sensors send biometric data to the mobile app and provide more in-depth information than smartwatches and fitness bands. Mobile app security remains a sensitive trend carrying over the years ahead. We believe AI will be under particular focus to find the around-the-clock means to outwit cybercriminals.

3. IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) has made our lives smarter. Today, remotely controlling heating and AC in the building is just a click away. Managing security roller shutters; submitting gas, water, and electricity readings, paying utility bills; and maintaining video surveillance in physical facilities are all because of IoT. It makes us feel so relaxed in the smart home. Beyond smart houses, various IoT apps have already produced superior retail benefits for a great shopping experience, in logistics – for streamlined supply chain management, in healthcare – remote patient monitoring. Any IoT-driven app’s motto will be the same, i.e., to make everything around us function smoothly and smartly via a smartphone or any other device connected over the Internet. There are approx. 26.66 billion connected devices worldwide today. This number will triple by 2025. It will surge developers to explore untapped application areas and create even more robust IoT apps, especially if to couple IoT with such application development trends as Blockchain and predictive analytics.

4. Augmented Reality

Today, Augmented Reality (AR) is more than a mobile game and entertainment. In its infancy stage, immersive technologies have penetrated transportation and logistics, medicine, fashion and retail, and numerous other sectors. App developers can augment a real-life scenario with digital content via a mobile app. The models of such incredible AR apps as GUCCI (sneakers try-on), Snapchat (multimedia messaging), IKEA Place (virtual furniture) show two sides of AR, i.e., how creatively and conceivably practical AR can be leveraged. For keeping up with an increasing AR popularity and soaring demand for a more incredible experience from a tech perspective, Google and Apple strive for their SDKs’ robustness (Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit). They excel so far. A few new features include better renderings, predictable tracking, 3D detection, and excellent measurements.

5. M-Commerce

By embracing the m-Commerce mobile trend, the retail industry will significantly leverage the power of mobility to the fullest. There is so much to realize in a mobile way: a shopping cart with additional items suggestions, an eye-catching gallery of goods along with discount programs and teaser auctions, delivery and return options, and integration with preferable payment systems. The streamlined shopping experience increased sales and customer retention – businesses are craving this. Some back-office operations will remain on desktop devices or in the cloud because of omnichannel customer engagement and related marketing efforts. One more candidate to capitalize on mobile commerce is the hospitality industry. The disruptive potential for reshaping restaurants, cinemas, hotels, and event organizers typically means introducing modern geo-fencing technology. When a consumer approaches a geo-fenced area, the app shows relevant information about the nearest events, available tickets and spaces, and socializing options.

6. Mobile wallet

Paying via mobile is a relatively new concept, but Apple, Google, and Amazon already seized the lucrative chance to digitize the wallet, and more merchants will add to it. In the future, a mobile wallet may completely replace a leather wallet. The desire for a unified wallet is already substantial, with so many plastic cards in transportation around. All kinds of incentives are for attracting more consumers. Hospitality, traveling, and retail will start to link rewards and loyalty points to mobile wallets to spur widespread adoption of their offerings. The user will need to download a mobile wallet app, follow the instructions to pass many-factor authentication, and link cards to one account. Then it’s off to shopping, booking tickets, transferring money to others, and so on. Again, security remains vital to protect the user’s financial data.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain has been a controversial topic. Despite that, it has already become a game-changer for real estate organizations, insurance, logistic, financial, healthcare, and charity. Due to its transparent architecture, decentralized data storage, and non-copyable data distribution, Blockchain achieves unparalleled transparency in business performance and more agile data processing and sharing. Blockchain evolves beyond digital currency and crypto-wallets. It is equally beneficial for many uses. In 2020, mobile app development was likely to be around decentralized apps (DApps). Being a P2P free-of-middle-man authority solution, DApps offers a more convenient, faster, and secure way to connect people and share any data. Furthermore, HTC, Samsung, and Sirin Labs already launched smartphones based on Blockchain. They include features such as crypto wallet, DApp store, cold-storage wallet, and many more. Being still skeptical about the whole crypto-boom, Apple approached Blockchain the other way around. It filed a patent to enhance the security of its iPhone. The Blockchain smartphone trend will evolve for sure, and more Blockchain-centered apps will make a splash soon.

8. Predictive analytics

Predictive analytics is the essence of many data-driven applications to anticipate future growth based on past and current data. Concerning data visualization, mobile apps considerably succeeded in not lagging web-based and desktop platforms – credit goes to modern mobile UI/UX trends and advanced native and open-source algorithms. The same data is now available on mobile devices across visual dashboards, scenarios with business drivers, comparison and visualization of the most significant opportunities and uncertainties, comprehensive reports, simulation of created forecasts under diverse market conditions, and many other interactive elements. Predictive analytics will be in the spotlight for data scientists, business analysts, and mobile developers not only in 2020 but for years ahead due to increased data cycling. To support better decision-making and effective strategy planning, developers will combine predictive analytics with ever-actual AI and IoT.

9. Android-instant apps

The next fantastic trend in mobile app development is Google Android instant apps. Instant apps function as the lite versions of native apps and help users know the app’s purpose. The user clicks the link connected with the app wherever it is displayed. Google instantly shows the app’s capabilities and lets the user examine and determine whether it is worth a download. Mobile developers utilize the same dev base for an installable app and an instant app without building two separate apps. Android Studio helps them. Business owners profit from a spontaneous user response, a broader user base, and social sharing.

10. Cloud-based apps

Developing an app in the cloud or Cloud computing is a popular option for many mobile developers. For creating an efficient app, the mobile phone needs optimization for storage space, battery usage, etc. It is convenient to develop resource-intensive and scalable apps in the cloud, particularly when it comes to video streaming, speech recognition, and massive data. Whether it be a native or hybrid app, cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, IBM Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform provide enough options to develop, test, and use the apps in the cloud. The developer determines what is best to opt for PaaS, IaaS, or SaaS, depending on the local infrastructure capabilities and app nature. Cloud computing will continue its superiority for its data backup and recovery capabilities, flexibility, and faster time-to-market. A win-win play for mobile developers and businesses.

Final words

The top 10 trends for mobile app development do not complete the list. As long as the mobile industry flourishes, more trends will surface to rule the mobile market and consumer demand and preferences. It is not enough to keep up-to-date with the latest mobile app trends to develop an excellent app. The app finds its way to the audience only if developed by proficient developers who know all the how-to tricks.

2 thoughts on “op 10 Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out for in 2021

  1. “Mobile applications are one of the biggest trends in the technology world, and to go further in-depth, there are many sub-trends within that this article covered.”

    I one hundred percent agree that while mobile app developers hasten around breakthrough ideas and new tech stuff, businesses are looking for ways to grow their profit. The last thing I would like to quote from this post is that “As long as the mobile industry flourishes, more trends will surface to rule the mobile market and consumer demand and preferences.”
    Thank you very much.

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