Mobile applications are more than just phone apps that allow for more connectivity between friends, families, and businesses. The mobile application advancements continue to forge new paths for businesses and consumers alike. Almost daily, there is a new development with how mobile apps allow us to interact with people and things!
Here are 7 trends in mobile application development to watch for in 2020.
Responsive to Wearable Tech
Though wearable tech isn’t new to the market, they continue to shift how we interact with smart devices. In 2016, the revenue from wearable tech was $16 billion in the U.S. As wearable tech becomes more affordable and, therefore, more easily accessible, that revenue continues to increase, having more than doubled in 2019 to $33 billion.
As wearable tech becomes more popular and accessible, more website developers will begin to build websites to be responsive to wearable tech on their respective platforms. For instance, Android smart watches sync with WearOS and
Apple Watch requires WatchOS.
In 2020, we expect more people to use fitness trackers or smart watches as well as less dependence on smartphones. At present, most smart watches require a smartphone to be close by to function properly. However, the two major smartwatch makers have versions of their watches that do not require your phone to be close by: The LTE version of the Samsung Watch and the Apple Watch with mobile carrier plan. In the future, more smart watches will be less reliant on smartphones.
There have been significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence or AI. The integration of artificial intelligence with mobile applications have made apps and tech smarter, helps save time, money, and streamlines processes.
Artificial intelligence isn’t new, but it continues to evolve to improve quality of life. One example is Google’s introduction of Duplex. Duplex is an AI program that has the ability to make calls and reserve appointments with local businesses on human’s behalf.
With artificial intelligence’s continued evolution, we will see more and improved:
- Automated web and app development
- Automated machine learning
- AI-enabled chips
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things or IoT refers to billions of physical devices worldwide that are connected to the internet through sharing and collecting data. People can control their home appliances, security systems, and more with the integration of mobile apps with every day, non-IT items.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Augmented reality is the creation of an interactive experience using a real-world environment. Objects in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated information. Nintendo’s Pokemon Go mobile app game and IKEA’s mobile app are perfect examples of the use of augmented reality with a mobile application. Augmented reality allows you to interact with your environment in new and exciting ways.
Virtual reality, on the other hand, is a computer-generated simulation of three-dimensional environment or even just an image that allows the user to interact with the environment. Virtual reality tech requires the use of specialized technology or equipment.
From entertainment like film and video games, to aiding in neuro-physical rehabilitation, virtual reality, along with augmented reality, will continue to be a growing trend. Especially as it becomes more affordable and accessible to the masses.
E-commerce is showing no signs of slowing down, as 60% of millennials prefer to shop online than in-store. With the boost in online shopping and banking comes the growth of online payment options for consumers. And as more people shop via their mobile phones, now being referred to as m-commerce for mobile, more people begin to pay using Google
Wallet, Samsung Wallet, and Apple Pay.
Mobile wallets are allowing for customers to pay at physical locations for contactless payment. The encrypted security of mobile wallets adds to the safety that have eluded physical credit cards.
Beacon Technology is Here
Beacon technology use wireless transmitters through Bluetooth technology to send signals. Various industries like retail, healthcare, and hospitality industries quickly embraced beacon technology because of the ease in which it sends information of exchange of sales.
When 5G becomes available everywhere, it’s going to bring with it its lightning speed for wireless networks. 5G will bring with is more advances in data security, 3D gaming, augmented reality, and so much more.
Of course these are not the only mobile trends we’re going to see in 2020, but these are the trends we believe will have the biggest impact on business across all industries. Which trends in mobile applications are you anticipating to have a huge impact in 2020?