2018 has been a good year for the development of mobile apps. With the arrival of the latest version of Android Pie OS and Apple’s iOS 12, smartphones are being updated with the latest technology.
Continuous innovation is synonymous with more opportunities for application developers, and goes hand in hand with the increase of new trends among users of apps.
In this article, we will cover some of the most important trends in the development of mobile apps to consider for this 2019. Keep reading!
1. The Internet of Things Earns More Ground
The latest advances in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT) have allowed us to control different devices using our smartphones. The result of this are smart homes, smart buildings, smart transport, smart healthcare and many other innovations.
The Internet of Things will offer more opportunities in the development of mobile apps to accelerate operations, reduce costs and improve cybersecurity. By 2019, more than 8 billion IoT devices will be used, and this number is expected to increase even faster.
2. AR and VR take over New Industries
In recent years, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have revolutionized the mobile application development industry. Especially in the entertainment industry, games and social networks, its popularity has increased.
In this 2019 it is expected that both technologies become popular (even more), in various sectors such as health, engineering, retail, or real estate, among others. According to Statista, the global RA and RV market will dramatically increase from $ 23.4 billion in 2018 to $ 181 billion in 2022.
3. More Apps On-Demand
On-demand applications (on demand) are already a classic among new trends in development of mobile apps, but as they move effortlessly with each technological progress, they are always a trend for the future. If you look at the current market, there are endless ideas for on-demand applications that allow launching a new product or service easily and efficiently.
The point is that we want to be taken care of more quickly than ever in our daily lives, which leads us to all types of “Uber style” apps, such as cleaning, shopping, paying parking fees, asking for a taxi, etc. In addition, it is expected that more and more companies launch applications on demand for existing and new customers.
4. Growth of Artificial Intelligence
Leading applications such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa or Google Assistant also make it easier for us every day. Tasks such as reading, sending messages or searching for information on the Internet are taken over by the AI capabilities of these applications.
In addition to individuals, companies also notice the benefits and convenience of the IA. During this year, the number of applications in the form of chatbots and personal assistance will probably increase. Even the International Data Corporation predicts that the IA industry will establish a new benchmark by increasing to $ 67.3 billion by the end of 2022.
5. The increase of Android Instant Apps
Instant apps were introduced by Google in 2016 and, after two years, continue to grow in popularity. To make a short summary: instant applications are native applications that you do not need to download or install on your phone in order to use them. They are smaller in size than normal apps, and provide the basic functionalities of a website.
It is expected that in 2019 communication companies and publishers in particular, benefit more from the rapid return on investment (ROI) of instant apps. A well-known example is Vimeo’s most recent report, which shows that the session rate has increased by 130% since the instant app option was added.
6. The Influence of Apps for Wearables
A recent update of CCS Insights shows that the number of wearables will triple globally by 2019 compared to 2015. The technology that can be used now goes beyond counting the number of steps you take, or to measure your heart rate. Think of health applications that help control a disease or condition through your smartphone.
With the growing demand for wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness watches or portable cameras, the development of wearable applications will undoubtedly also receive a boost. In addition, the demand for wearable application developers to create innovative health applications is also growing.
7. The Mobile Payment method
The way that consumers buy and pay has changed a lot in recent years. As a result, the payment method changed from cash to card and, now, it has moved to mobile payment applications such as Paytm and Google Pay.
The preference for m-wallets (mobile wallet) is growing, although neither the suppliers nor the consumers have fully adopted the technology. The possible reasons are not associated with the mobile wallet itself, but people remain loyal to traditional payment methods.
However, most banks now offer the option of making mobile transfers, so it is expected that the use of mobile payment apps will increase in the next year. In fact, the Business Insider figures show an annual growth rate of 80% between 2015 and 2020.
8. The AMP sets the new standard
Last year Google launched the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and only a few companies have taken advantage so far. AMP is a shorter version of HTML that helps in high-performance processing and faster loading of pages.
In all probability, 2019 will be the year in which the AMP will become the new standard, and mobile loading speed will be considered a priority for both new and existing websites.
The applications are increasingly part of our daily life. From simply ordering food, to controlling household devices. The possibilities are endless.
Since we are becoming more and more used to paying for all online purchases with paid applications and in an easy way, the focus on privacy and security is also increasing. In 2019 we will pay attention to this when we take the next step in the development of mobile apps with these trends.