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When it comes to mobile application technology, it has evolved the way we live in the modern world. Just look around and you will find people doing something on their smartphones. Someone is ordering a cab service and someone is ordering food. A guy is listening to online music while walking in the subway and a girl is chatting with her boyfriend on a messenger app. A teenager is playing his favorite game on his smartphone and a professional is checking his emails.
Mobile apps have given a paradigm shift to the world and it is not just over. With the inception of new technologies such as wearables, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, mobile apps will bring more prosperity and luxury in your life in the forthcoming future.
With each passing day, thousands of mobile apps are uploaded on the play stores that have something unique to offer to the users. Whether it is an online pedometer or a brand-new online shopping app, they are certainly bringing more joy and expediency to your life.
2018 is about to end and hence, we have prepared a list of mobile application development trends that are going to rule in 2019. We have seen some of these trends in 2018 too. In the cut-throat competition era, it is better to prepare ourselves with such new technologies and trends to get a competitive edge over others. Let’s have a look:
The mobile app performance is very crucial as users don’t actually like apps that have poor functionalities, speed, and errors. Application Performance Management (APM) was integrated into Google in 2016 to boost the app performance by eliminating the snug and other issues that might slow down the app performance.
It is one of the most important mobile app performance metrics that is used by developers and app testers. It simply boosts the overall performance of the app and gives users a good time. Superior performance means more time on the app that ultimately serves the business objective.
Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) enables employees within the enterprise to use mobile applications to strengthen the security and to improve the overall performance by integrating and streamlining business processes in the app. Employees can work on the tasks from the mobile itself that eliminates the office dependency.
AMP and EMM are surely going to become a staple in the upcoming future as they improve mobility and performance to offer more ease to the users.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are not new words for technocrats. In the new era of mobile app development, AI and ML actually go hand in hand. Microsoft’s Cortana, Siri, Google Duplex, SwiftKey AI and Hound are some of the examples of machine learning and AI technology.
As per the research conducted by IDC, more than 75% of workers using ERP solutions will go for Artificial Intelligence to boost their business performances and overall productivity. Chatbots are not just offering product recommendations to the users; they also help the users to make buying decisions by chatting with them.
In addition to that, AI, when integrated into the mobile app with machine learning, also gives valuable in-depth insights about users’ behaviors, buying patterns, likes, dislikes, browsing history and many other vital things that can help you to make a customized offer to them. You can simplify services and processes by aiding users when they need some forms of suggestions or guidance.
As per the survey, 86.5 million Americans use on-demand apps for various services and let me tell you, it is not a small number. In recent years, on-demand apps are growing exponentially. In the mobile app development market, on-demand apps are dominating other categories clearly.
You will see a huge growth in the on-demand mobile apps in various business verticals such as transportation, food, grocery, automobiles, and other sectors. It has been found that on-demand apps have huge potential for revenues and we will certainly see entrepreneurs taking advantages of this lucrative opportunity.
There will be more alternatives for on-demand services in the market and for consumers; it would be a good sign to select from multiple players for services.
Internet of Things is one of the most revolutionary technologies that will give a paradigm shift to the world. Just imagine how it would be when you can connect and interact with any device that comes in your mind including the lights, TV, fridge, car, speakers, home locks, watches and many more. You will have control over these devices and you can command them as per your wishes. Daily tasks would not be a burden for you as these IoT connected devices will help you to perform such tasks.
Also, these IoT devices can also exchange data and does not require human dependency. As per the industry experts, IoT technology will surely become an integral part of industries such as healthcare, education, e-commerce, medical, construction, and transportation. Kohler Verdera Smart Mirror and Nest Smart Home are two examples of IoT technology.
The total revenue from sales of wearables will reach $33.78 billion by 2019, as per the Statista. With the introduction of cost-effective wearables that are easily available to the end users, the wearables will surely work wonders as people are becoming more health-conscious.
Augmented Reality is an enriched experience where real-world objects are augmented by computer-generated information with different modalities. A hugely popular game, Pokemon Go was nothing but the best example of Augmented Reality that superimposed the image in the user’s mind.
On the other hand, Virtual Reality is a real-like environment that is created with computer software by using different senses and feedbacks. The environment is so similar to the real world that the user will believe it.
In 2019, the use of AR and VR technology will surely skyrocket as they offer excellent convenient and entertainment to the users. Even some social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat are now using AR technology in the form of AR integrated filters to give various digital characters to the users.
The healthcare industry will also see the use of AR and VR technology to perform complex surgeries and operations.
Mobile app developers are expected to use these technologies to bring more realistic experience to the apps. SketchAR, GoPro VR and Wizard Academy are some of the examples of mobile apps with integrated AR & VR technologies.
There are some exceptional benefits of cloud integration in mobile apps. It offers additional security and superlative app performance. In addition to that, it also boosts the overall productivity.
Cloud integration is actually a system of various tools and technologies. It connects an app or a system with the repositories and enables data exchange. It can be accessed with the active internet connection from multiple devices to perform various tasks.
In upcoming years, cloud computing will not be an option, but mandatory for mobile app development companies.
Cloud technology lessens operational and hosting cost and offers additional storage space to the users. Also, with cloud computing, you don’t have to worry about security concerns as the chances of a security breach will be too low. It improves the performance of the app and makes it more reliable and fast.
In 2019, you will see more and more cloud integrated apps to offer you superior app performance.
One of the most daunting things is to wait for the app to be installed to your device, isn’t it? Sometimes, apps occupy more storage in your phone resulting in poor performance of the device. In 2016, instant apps came into existence and there was no looking back. In just a short span of 2 years, they have become so popular across the globe.
Instant apps are native apps that do not need installation. It will save your phone memory. In addition to that, these apps perform excellently well and offer a superior experience to the users.
As they are small in size, these apps offer convenience to the users and perform surprisingly superlatively. Some of the examples of instant apps are New York Times Crossword and Buzz feed.
One of the most critical aspects of web or mobile app development process is visually splendid user experience (UX) design. The UX design should be intriguing enough to make a user spellbound. It is the reason we can see new UX design concepts keep coming up to attract users.
The UX design is nothing but a combination of content and data on the display. It is up to you how you design it to make it more eye-catching and attentive. It is the UX design that will decide the user engagement.
If you ask me some of the best examples of superior UX design, I would recommend visiting apps such as Pinterest and Instagram. Another noticeable thing about these apps is that they are constantly evolving their designs to make it more user-friendly and highly engaging.
As per the report submitted by Allied Market Research, the global blockchain distributed ledger market will reach $5, 430 million by 2023. Blockchain technology is not a new word for technocrats. In fact, since the last 2 years, it has become a familiar name associated with cryptocurrencies.
It has already proved its worth in the financial sector in the form of decentralized currency and is likely to be employed in other sectors especially in the healthcare sector. There are innovations happening in the Blockchain technology and it will undoubtedly skyrocket in 2019.
Gone are the days when you used to pay with your credit or debit card. It is too traditional now. Now, it is the time for M-commerce with the introduction of payment apps. These payment apps are smart, fast and convenient for users as they can pay directly from their smartphones. As per the report of BI, by 2019, in-store payments will reach $503 billion.
Google has introduced Google Pay service, by which you can pay directly from the cards that are saved to your Google account. It is a simple and convenient way to pay.
In 2017 Google mobile app payments surpassed the $700 million mark. This is an increase of almost $500 million in only four years.
Users always look for convenience when they use any mobile app and if you fail to offer it, you are simply doomed. You must have seen in-app search feature in many apps such as Gmail, YouTube, and Facebook. This element is extremely crucial as it offers ultimate convenience to the users to search for users, groups, videos and other important features.
In 2019, you will certainly see more and more apps with an in-app search feature to enhance the user experience standards.
There are various apps you might find in your smartphone that has integrated location sensing technology. However, in recent times, you will see almost all the apps with this technology and there are some excellent benefits associated with it. If the app is equipped with motion sensing, it can help to overcome problems such as security and theft. It is also useful for vehicle navigation, fitness, and other applications.
Beacon Technology is already used in various electronic devices and it is actually a Bluetooth radio transmitter that broadcasts a single signal at regular interval. Any device with a Bluetooth equipped in it can see a beacon signal if it is in range.
Traditionally, beacon technology is utilized to attract new customers and to send notifications for offers and events. However, in 2019, you will see various other uses of beacon technology. Beacons will be used in airports, stations and other public places to give more seamless information to the users.
That was all! Mobile apps have become an inseparable part of our lives that help us to perform various tasks such as shopping, ordering food, playing games, paying bills, connect with people and gaining relevant information. Users are looking for mobile apps that have an attractive design, superior navigation, and streamlined functionalities. Mobile app developers need to ensure that the apps solve the core purpose magnificently and effortlessly.
Mobile application development trends will surely enhance the overall performance and user experience to a great extent.
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