Eventually, the time has come to bid adieu to 2018 and welcome 2019 with open arms. The new year is expected to bring a lot of technological innovations and advancements along. This is also applicable to the mobile app development industry.
To build enterprise-grade apps that have the potential to address challenges of entrepreneurs, it’s imperative for an experienced mobile application development company to consider the seven noteworthy technology trends that are all set to change the shape of app development in 2019.
Going through these trends is extremely beneficial for business owners because they can be familiar with what’s the update from the technical front and plan to develop high-end, feature-rich mobile apps to serve the target audience in a better manner.
But before any app is developed, a word of advice. Save cost and time by first creating a mobile app prototype with an app design agency. This will ensure that you have a clear roadmap for your product and are also able to validate a lot of your hypothesis about your customer and the market.
Let’s explore these trends one at a time.
Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)
VR and AR technologies aren’t anymore restricted to gaming applications. But they have raised beyond Pokemon Go and penetrated social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. According to a report, the total revenue generated by AR and VR is anticipated to grow to $209 billion by 2022.
These technologies will be preferred by the majority of the app development agencies in 2019 and beyond to build apps that provide the users with a highly engaging, immersive, and interactive experience.
Internet Of Things (IoT) To Be More Dominant
IoT is a futuristic technology that has been embraced by various industries such as retail, healthcare, e-commerce, construction, transportation, etc. IoT-powered apps act as a bridge between smartphones and connected devices which in turn result in their efficient utilization for providing benefits to the end users.
For instance, where patients need to check the credentials of their medical practitioners, the medical industry is using IoT apps for allowing doctors to treat their patients in remote locations. Also, this unique technology is all set to automate complex business processes in the near future. These benefits will be emphasizing entrepreneurs to get on the IoT app bandwagon in 2019.
Immense Growth Of Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI when blended with ML can be a magic wand for any business in gathering valuable data and performing real-time analytics. Both these technologies are expected to provide the users with more personalized and individualized experience through unique apps in the coming few years.
Two of the major benefits of AI can be seen in the form of exclusive apps that facilitate seamless automation, reduced human errors, and enhanced customer service. Chatbots are one of the few live examples of efficient use of this technology.
These bots allow app owners to respond to the queries of their customers effectively in real-time without any human interference. According to a survey, the market for chatbots will reach 1250 million by 2025. In this way, these bots are all set to take the customer relationship management to a new level altogether.
Wearable Applications Will Come To Mainstream
Considering the current popularity of wearable devices, it won’t be an exaggeration to assume that the future will see a boost in wearable app development. According to a report generated by Business Intelligence, the market of wearable will experience a hike of 35% in 2019.
In addition, with an increased production of wearable devices, both Android and iPhone manufacturers will focus on building apps to make users’ lives easy and convenient. With the help of such apps, the users will be able to monitor their daily workout and calorie burnt. Also, these apps can be easily used to track the amount of cholesterol, heart rate, and blood sugar level in the bodies of end users.
Instant Apps Will Gain More Popularity
Since their inception in 2016, instant apps have gained immense popularity with each passing year. There is no need to download these apps. Also, they are easy to use, convenient, and user-friendly.
These apps can be easily accessed from any location and can be a lifesaver for the memory of the users’ smartphones. One of the most striking features of these apps is that they can be easily shared with others. Buzzfeed, Onefootball, ResumeSeed, Red Bull TV are a few popular examples of instant applications.
Boost In Cloud-Based Mobile App Development
Cloud-based apps allow users to store all their relevant information and data on a specific cloud. This prevents them from struggling for enough space on their mobile devices. Also, these apps are believed to deliver a reliable experience on multiple devices and platforms.
In addition, these apps are highly secure and hence can be a perfect fit for the corporate sector where data security is the top most priority. Because of these advantages, cloud-based mobile app development is expected to see a boost in 2019 and beyond.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
This technology facilitates quality performance and faster loading of the app pages into mobile devices. Also, it is extremely beneficial in improving the ranking, boosting the traffic, and enhancing the visibility of the app.
Google and Guardian are the two major players offering AMP services. In future also, this will be one of the most preferred technologies to be incorporated in mobile apps so that to enhance their visibility, quality, and performance.
Blockchain Technology Will Prevail
Blockchain technology has transformed the world of cryptocurrencies. Also, it provides enhanced security and improved automation and hence has a huge impact on apps related to financial, insurance, healthcare, and banking sectors.
According to a report produced by a research-based website, the Blockchain distributed ledger market is anticipated to grow about $5,430 million by 2023. Clearly, this technology is all set to be more popular in the future by efficiently integrating AI and AR for building apps with higher safety and immersive experience.
Beacon technology is used for attracting potential customers to the store and sending them relevant notifications so that to make them take the desired action. But this technology is expected to facilitate the development of apps so that that the users have an access to information in a more seamless manner.
In the coming years, this technology would be used in airports. Also, there will be an explosion of mobile payments beacons and personalized beacons that will serve as sources of information or virtual guides for the end users.
Application Performance Management (APM) & Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) On The Boom
APM is the mobile metrics that is well-known for improving the quality and boosting the performance of the app. It’s a significant tool used by QA testers so that to remove any elements which are slowing down the app’s performance.
On the contrary, EMM streamlines the business processes and covers security, maintenance, and management of the app. Both these metrics would be extensively used in 2019 and beyond by app developers to build, deploy, and manage highly secure, feature-rich mobile applications.
Increase In The Development Of Mobile Wallets & Payment Apps
As most of the banks are now offering mobile payment service, 2019 will experience a huge increase in the development of mobile wallets or payment apps. Some other players are expected to join the Paytm which represents the mobile wallets bandwagon.
Such apps will be in high demand for letting people efficiently perform and transfer funds digitally. To prove this, let’s have a look at the report produced by BI Intelligence, the market for mobile payment apps is expected to reach $503 billion by 2020.
More Robust App Security
2019 will see a rise in the development of apps with enhanced and uncompromising security features. This will prevent users’ from getting their data leaked and misused by the hackers.
The app developers will focus on putting more efforts in advancing security features so that to provide the users with the best protection against phishing, hacking, and other illegal activities.
Growth Of On-Demand Service Apps
In this hectic lifestyle, on-demand service apps have become an integral part of users’ lives. There are different on-demand apps present that are related to various industries and this trend is expected to upsurge in 2019 and beyond that.
A few most popular on-demand service applications are Munchery, Vint, Heal, Glamsquad, etc. The fierce competition between different sectors is expected to rise as more and more on-demand apps will be developed to cater to one category.
2019 is all set to experience a boost in the development of mobile apps that are highly trendy, fast, and responsive. Entrepreneurs, as well as developers, has to keep an eye on these latest trends so that they can tweak and build apps to provide the end users with an optimum and interactive experience.
Anubhuti Shrivastava is a content crafter at Arkenea, a custom software development company helping entrepreneurs and businesses build successful web and mobile apps. She is passionate about writing articles on topics related to design and the software development industry.