11 mobile development trends in 2020
Mobile platforms are evolving and exploring themselves.
The mobile app market should grow by 385% by 2021.
In 2021, there will be about 7 billion mobile device users in the world.
By 2022, the costs of users in the App Store will increase by 92% to $ 157 billion.
Let’s discuss what trends are observed in the world of mobile development.
The appearance of chat bots showed that mankind really needed them. Chatbots proved to be a good way to expand the organization’s communication capabilities with customers and reduce the cost of maintaining consultants.
There are approximately 2.2 million applications in the Google Play store, about 2 million in the App Store. But while the share of built-in chat bots is small, in 2020 this trend will increase. Organizations began to trust this technology more, and realized its value in areas such as retail stores, supermarkets, taxis, etc.
Users understand that many of their requests are resolved faster without human intervention.
Virtual digital assistants – Google Assistant, Siri from Apple, Alice from Yandex will continue to develop and introduce new features to make their users’ lives easier and more comfortable.
Wearable devices are closely integrated into our everyday lives – smart watches, trackers, fitness bracelets and smart rings. This year predicts a steady growth of those wishing to acquire such gadgets. But the mass of applications does not yet support the ability to work with wearable devices. Engineers are already implementing methods that provide seamless integration with minimal dependence on the smartphone.
The Internet of Things is the representative of the future in the technology world. Developers are keenly interested in integrating IoT with mobile applications. Many large corporations such as Google and Amazon have already tried on the potential of this technology. Buying Fitbit is a striking indicator of this fashion trend.
Industries such as delivery, retail, healthcare in the West have come as close as possible to integration with real devices – not science fiction. The Internet of things is a clear trend for the coming year.
Augmented and virtual reality
AR and VR have long been two high-tech pieces that have been content only in computer games. Now, the guys from Google began to use the potential of AR and VR in innovative areas, for example, the functions for Google Maps, which will offer the user directions in real time using the phone’s camera.
Mobile wallets have become the preferred payment method. People are increasingly turning to mobile payment methods such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet with more flexible payment terms. Blockchain technology enters the payment arena, offering better security for mobile transactions.
Mobile app security
Cybersecurity has not yet been given due importance, which is why some of the “big guys” were affected by a number of incidents that might not have happened. Almost all technology giants are thinking of new methods that provide security and data protection, taking into account the progress of attackers.
Cross-platform applications have become popular due to the convenience, compactness and similarity with the website. The popularity of these applications is growing, because they can be accessed instantly without installation. Another nice feature: a better conversion rate than conventional mobile apps.
Uber, Airbnb, Booking.com, Peapod, Zomato, Swiggy, Instacart, Rinse, Postmates – not all on-demand platforms. Solving specific pressing problems, such applications form our best tomorrow. Uber uses location coordinates to offer taxi services on request in a safe and economical way, and Airbnb allows you to rent your home anywhere in the world.
Clouds are already very popular, in 2020 they will strengthen their presence. Modern cloud integration services help mobile applications store gigabytes of data efficiently and perform complex tasks at low cost. Cloud platforms (Dropbox, AWS, etc.) will allow you to install applications directly into the cloud and work in the same place.
One of the hottest trends of 2020 in the field of mobile application development is 5G. Thanks to its high speed (which is almost 100 times faster than 4G), the 5G network will witness a boom in business productivity. This year, the standard will participate in the development of data security, 3D games, AR, etc. Almost all manufacturers of network chips will launch the production of boards supporting 5G. Mobile developers will have to upgrade their application UIs and upgrade their design and development skills to meet the requirements.
AI in the mobile world is no longer a novelty; it brought savings in time and resources for application development. 2020 will bring chips with support for AI, automated machine learning, automated DevOps AI, the interaction between neural networks. AI will be used in personal virtual assistants, IoT, cybersecurity and smart applications.
In 2020, the following trends are observed in the field of mobile development:
- development of cloud services;
- improving the situation on the chatbot market, which have proved to be so useful for humanity;
- smart watches and jackets will no longer be something rare and inaccessible to ordinary inhabitants;
- soon we will be able to use augmented reality on maps, as in computer games;
- global technology leaders have turned their attention to mobile wallets and cybersecurity, which will have a positive effect on related areas.