So yet another year is on the verge of completion, and we are on the threshold of welcoming 2019. You might say that there is no significant change in your life but we cannot mention the same statement for the mobile app industry and technology. The mobile applications and devices have gone through a constant evolution where one saw the advent of new trends and improvement of the existing ones.
According to a noteable research, the total number of smartphone users are expected to reach about 2.5 billion in 2019 from 2.1 billion in 2016. The number of mobile apps is multiplying fast with 2.1 million Android apps and 2 million iOS based apps in the third quarter of 2018.
However, the mobile app developers and gadget enthusiasts are keen to know what’s the update from the technical front. What are the innovative technologies that will set a mark in the upcoming year?
Yes, it’s true that we all have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), the iBeacon technology, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, and others etc. but we need to perceive what further improvements and changes occur in the aforesaid advanced techniques.
Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out For in 2019
1. Internet of Things to Gain More Ground
Internet of Things or IoT has already created much buzz around the world and will continue to take guard further up. It has boosted a varied group of industry verticals including healthcare, e-commerce, construction, and transportation, etc. and it will improve the ecosystem with its penetration in the retail industry, real estate, and development of smarter cities. The experts expect IoT to solve the menace of traffic snarls and problem of vehicle parking.
The IoT will be a boon for the educational institutions as the teachers, students, and parents will stay connected through a small connected virtual device to know what’s happening around the class and in the campus. Parents can take a note on how their children are performing in the class.
Healthcare is another sector that has greatly benefited from IoT. We saw the emergence of Medical Internet of Things which immensely facilitated both doctors and the patients. In fact, the doctors can get more accurate data of the health condition and prescribe the treatment precisely.
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In 2019, we can further see the IoT collaborating with the automation of the business operations.
2. AR and VR: the Hyped Technologies
A new phrase has been coined for the AR and VR technology ‘Beyond the Screen’, which has indeed created a huge influence over the audience in the recent years. The futuristic AR and VR technology is not only grooming and augmenting the popular advanced gaming apps, but have also created a hype around the social media platforms.
The recent example was that of the Pokémon Go based on the AR technology. However, with social media giants like Instagram and Snapchat implementing this innovation, the user engagement has surged and the apps have certainly become more interactive.
AR is a best tool that you can use for social media campaign. The social media platforms have released integrated AR filters that can turn any human face into digital character.
In fact, it’s surprising to note that according to Statista, the global market of AR and VR technology will shoot drastically up from $27 billion dollars in 2018 to about $209 billion in 2022.
3. Chatbots to Gain Significance
Today chatbots have become an integral part of most of the on-demand apps, which allows you to respond quickly in real-time to your customers. They are virtual assistants and does not involve human-to-human interaction.
According to the survey, the Chatbot market will increase to 1250 million by the year 2025. Indeed, Chatboats are well getting connected with the AR and VR technologies to write new success stories and offering the business enterprises a digital weapon to give an edge over others. They have played a pivotal role in escalating the customer relationship management to a new level.
4. Growth of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
The term Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning isn’t alien to tech lovers anymore. In fact, the AI has been successful in creating a huge influence simplifying the services and the bidding process. When it gets collaborated with machine learning, it can do wonders to any business in getting valuable data and real-time analytics.
Even the figures indicated by the International Data Corporation are positive saying that AI industry will set a new benchmark by rising up to $40 billion by the end of the year 2020.
Though AI as a technology has become a hit launch, it’s partner machine learning still needs to join the party properly through many of its components.
5. The Roll-out of Instant Apps
As such the instant apps came into existence in 2016 and within the span of these two years, they have gone increasingly popular. These are the native mobile apps that you don’t need to download. And to tell you more, they are user-friendly, convenient including having a smaller size.
The key reasons why they are becoming more popular is that you don’t need to install them which will make your phone memory free. However, you can share it with your friends.
Some of the known examples of instant apps are New York Times Crossword, Buzzfeed, Red Bull TV, and Onefootball etc. The exemption from download and installation allows you to save a lot of time as well.
6. Influence of Wearable Apps
As people are moving towards trendy technologies, we are witnessing innovative ideas getting executed. The instance of wearable apps can be put forward with that view.
As per the report of the Business Intelligence, the market of wearable will hike about 35% by 2019. Smartwatches not only enhances your personality and style, but also has become a crucial device on many fronts.
So, whether you are doing physical workouts and exercises every morning or going for a cycling session at gym, the wearable apps will help in sending data about how much distance you covered and amount of calorie burnt.
Similarly, these apps are smart enough to keep an eye on vital health parameters such as heart rate, blood sugar level, amount of cholesterol etc. With plethora of choices on both Android and iOS you can choose so, the one that fits your needs.
7. Mobile Payment on the Higher Side
The next year 2019 will also see the increase in the number of mobile payment apps as most banks are now offering mobile banking services.
Moreover, mobile wallets like Paytm have already created a loud buzz at the center and so we can expect some other players too joining the competition. Within the coming years, more and more people will be going to digital methods where the transfer of funds and transaction becomes a cakewalk.
According to BI Intelligence, the mobile payment is forecasted to reach $503 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate of 80% between 2015-2020.
8. APM and EMM
APM (Application Performance Management) is actually defined as the mobile metrics that were integrated into Google in 2016. It has been introduced to eradicate the snag and other issues, which tends to slow down the app performance.
It improves the quality and boosts app performance. In fact, it is one of the most important tools used by the quality assurance testers during the app testing process.
On the other hand, the EMM stands for Enterprise Mobile Management including both the people as well as the technology. It helps in mobile computing to streamline business process. It includes app security, managing the finance, and maintaining the application.
9. Cloud Storage Becoming a Necessity
As the times are advancing the necessity to integrate the cloud-based app is gaining importance. The apps offer cloud management as there are certain limitations on storage in the devices. We cannot install more apps if the phone memory does not allow that.
Furthermore, there are a large amount of vital data stored in different applications, which also eats up space. However, with the arrival of the cloud technology, this issue will be addressed to much extent as you would be able to store all your data in a particular cloud.
10. Further Enhancement of Blockchain Technology
We are aware of what Blockchain technology is and how it has transformed the world of cryptocurrencies. Now, as we discuss the forthcoming mobile app development trends for 2019. The financial sector is reeling huge benefits from this innovative decentralized currency and conducting the transactions in a much secured environment without the interference of any third-party.
In fact, the Blockchain hasn’t only proved worthy asset for the finance and banking sector, but also disrupted the healthcare and insurance industries as well.
According to a research based website, the global Blockchain distributed ledger is expected to grow about $5,430 million by 2023.
11. Beacon Technology
Most of you are familiar with the Beacon technology, which isn’t a new terminology in the mobile app dictionary. However, the point is, come 2019, and we are going to witness it in a more enhanced way.
The technology will not remain confined to only attracting the customers near to store and sending notifications but it would be used in airports, mobile payments beacons, and even the personalized beacons. In this way, the users will get access to information in a more seamless manner.
12. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
The AMP or the Accelerated Mobile Pages is the shorter variant of the HTML that helps in high performance processing and faster loading of the pages.
Two major players offer the AMP services; Google and the Guardian. It works the same way as Search Engine Optimization helps for the website to better the app ranking and gain higher traffic and visibility.
13. More of On-Demand Apps
Within the last few years, we are seeing the sheer dominance of the on-demand apps belonging to various industries and sectors in the mobile app world. And this is well understood that their numbers are going to upsurge within the time to arrive in 2019 and even after that.
So, this is going to make the competition level even steeper where there will be several apps competing in one category.
14. App Security to Become More Robust
Well, though it’s a common trend which is followed almost every year both by Google and the Apple promising to offer uncompromising security features.
So, this year also app developers will work harder to provide the best protection against hacking, phishing, and all sorts of illegal activities.
The mobile applications have indeed become an indispensable part of people’s lives and it’s hard to imagine a day without any application. Today, we are performing most of our crucial activities using apps such as shopping, ordering food, booking tickets, cab and meal, banking and even checking out the important health parameters.
Therefore, the users are in search of a fast, trendy, and highly responsive app that is embedded with latest technologies to make their work simpler. The trends never remain constant and it keeps changing at regular intervals when the newer versions of the Operating System or app update is released.
The developers need to keep a continuous eye on what’s happening in the app industry and announcements made by Apple or Google to implement those changes for offering optimum user experience.