In the earlier stages of the internet, it could be only accessed through a desktop computer or through a laptop. Then we saw the entry of smartphones and browsing through these smartphones has been rather swift.
According to the recently conducted survey, the number of smartphone users worldwide has crossed 5.135 billion!
Unlike what the skeptics had predicted then, mobile app development was no bubble.
Using of mobile apps has become a culture where we have all grown accustomed to, given their presence as location-based apps, to their development on the spectrum of augmented and virtual reality.
It is estimated that by the year 2020, mobile apps are expected to generate a revenue of $188.9 billion as global revenue.
So the above given statistics indicates that mobile app development has a brighter future in the year 2019 as well.
We could see brand-new mobile app development trends or a huge upgrade from what users are already using.
With the advent of 5G technology, the realm of mobile app development will witness a change for sure. Fans of augmented and virtual reality, internet of things can already feel the surging adrenaline rush.
1. Accelerated Mobile Pages through APM and EMM
Google’s search integrated the APM or Application Performance Management in the year 2016 and since then developers never had to look back.
By the integration of APM within the app framework, developers have been able to use the boiled down version of HTML for better user experience and retention, with Facebook Instant Articles being one of the many success stories.
Such monitoring tools and metrics which helps to resolve multiple issues as well as improve the overall performance will definitely be something to look at in 2019.
2. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence and machine learning is one of the latest trends that have swept the mobile application development industry.
AI and machine learning has dug their roots deep into the mobile apps than we may have realized. AI is so common now in the form of chatbots.
For instance, Siri, is one of the biggest example why machine learning and artificial intelligence are very much a part of mobile applications.
Some major changes that Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning to have created in the fields of mobile technology include:
Empowering search engines
The arrival of artificial intelligence and machine learning to have enabled the users to search using new methods like voice search, image search, unlike the text mode. Moreover, since the integration AI and ML with the mobile apps have made it compulsory for the app developers to develop an image and voice recognition system.
Combination with the IOT(Internet of Things)
With combining the AI and ML with the IOT, it is expected to make drastic changes by collecting the real time data so that devices could learn to function their own!
Smartphone cameras has become better in subject detection
With the usage of AI, the smartphone cameras have become much smarter! They could easily detect the subjects in the camera like people, food, etc. And it works accordingly by updating the settings and thus to get the best possible image!
By using AI, the interface of a smartphone camera can easily detect the subject in the camera frame like food, landscape, fireworks etc. It works accordingly by tweaking the settings for getting the best possible image.
Moreover, artificial intelligence and machine learning can also easily identify facial features and enhance it to get a super portrait image automatically.
- Translating languages in real time
- Face unlock in the smartphones,
- High app authentications.
AI in the form of virtual assistants and chatbots will be something to look at, and this will be what the 2019 will be bringing us.
3. Wearable Devices and IOT
Another mobile app development trend to focus in 2019 will be the developing apps for wearable devices (like smartwatches) and IOT(Internet of Things).
Presently, it’s mostly the horology and fitness industry that are looking towards the smartwatches and other such devices. What is fascinating is that few big names like Zomato and Uber have invested in wearable app development.
2019 promises to bring more wearable devices like smart watches, fitness bands, movement trackers and more.
4. Chatbots will be Integral
As per the studies conducted, the global Chatbot market is projected to grow to 1250 million US dollars by 2025! From this pure statistics, one can simply deduce that chatbots are very well a part of the digital reality now.
Chatbots will now act as virtual assistants within mobile applications. Thanks to the advancement in AI, its now easy to integrate chatbots within apps without much complex coding. In very near future, we can get bot based software.
5. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
‘Pokemon Go’ was an instant hit among the people soon after its release. It may have gone down a little now, but AR and VR are definitely here to stay!
It is expected to reap over $200 billion in revenues by the year 2020 and developers are expected to create wonderful mobile app experiences in AR and VR.
It would be a sight to look at!
6. Mobile Wallets and Payment Gateways
Mobile commerce has become a great success with its introduction few years back.
The businesses, hence will be looking to create a great app experience for the customers, by integrating payment gateways as well as mobile wallets (Google wallet, Paypal, etc.) that provide secure encryption will become really important in the year 2019.
7. More Businesses will Invest in Cloud Integration
Definitely a lot of advancements will take place in the field of mobile apps over the cloud. Some of the best advantages of developing mobile apps over the cloud include streamlining operations, reduced costs in hosting, better storage, and loading capacity, along with increased user retention.
8. Instant Apps
Instant apps are native mobile applications that are smaller than the usual apps, user-friendly, and highly convenient because they can be accessed instantly without any download at all.
Most of the users demand better user experience and shorter load times, and thus instant apps will be definitely a trend to look at in 2019!
9. Mobile App Security to Gain Extra Attention
Mobile app developers will be really concentrating and investing more in cybersecurity, which is directly linked to users’ data privacy and protection laws.
Even the giants like Google and Facebook have admitted of their security lapses, and hence its for sure that a lot of investment will be coming to the mobile app security sphere.
10. Rising Popularity for On-Demand Apps
The popularity of on-demand apps have only increased from time to time. And it always will be!
With more businesses embracing the on-demand applications for delivering their products and services efficiently, one can expect UI/UX enhancements, mCommerce facilities, predictive analytics, and business bots, to fuel the growth of Uber and Zomato-like apps in 2019.
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The trends in mobile app development have managed to captivate the users across the globe for the last 5 – 8 years.
As we are approaching the next year, inquisitiveness and excitement galore reside in some of the finest brains in the business, that look forward to the future of mobile app development.