Mobile application development is a constantly growing sector and new scenarios may open up for developers soon. This is due to the centrality of new technologies that will play an increasingly important role.
Mobile apps occupy a central place in the digital ecosystem as they have ushered in a true revolution in consumer habits and business practices.
This is not a simple assumption, but a reality confirmed by the data. Like those recently launched by App Annie, a company specialized in market research.
In the annual report on the mobile applications market, we read, indeed, interesting numbers: such as $ 120 billion in revenue for 2020 (a figure that doubled compared to 2016) or 204 billion downloads globally, with growing consumer demand for new applications.
Therefore, the development of the applications sector will have to consider the advent and the growing importance of new technologies.
Mobile App Development: Ranking the Top 5 Tech Trends for 2021
Recent years have shown the constant growth and diffusion of increasingly advanced technologies that inevitably assume, or will assume shortly, a leading role in the development of mobile applications.
Part of the success and popularity of an application, in fact, lies in the ability of its developers to consider new trends and develop an application strategy in line with market demands.
Then, let's see in detail what are the 5 main technological trends for this year.
1 - Internet of Things (IoT)
The list of the top five technology trends for mobile app development opens with the Internet of Things, a technology that is gaining in importance in many spheres.
According to data published by the Internet of Things Observatory 2020, the Internet of Things has grown by 24% compared to 2019.
IoT is much more than interesting data that cannot fail to have "repercussions" also for the application development sector. Especially if we consider that IoT is gradually establishing itself not only in traditional fields such as domestic but also in new sectors such as healthcare, logistics, and agriculture.
Increasing demand for appliances, systems, and devices serving IoT will inevitably lead to increased demand for specific applications.
That is why this trend cannot be overlooked by developers in the coming years. On the other hand, giants like Google are already moving in this direction, so it's good to keep up.
2 - Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have already contributed a lot to application development innovation in recent years. It appears that they will continue to do so in the future.
According to data from Forrester, the global market for AR and VR technologies will grow from $ 27 billion in 2018 to about $ 209 billion in 2022. These encouraging figures underscore the importance of integrating these technologies into mobile applications as well.
To top it off, AR and VR are establishing themselves as key players in hitherto unexplored areas, opening up new opportunities for developers as well.
These are primarily found in areas such as healthcare, retail, education, and travel, where Virtual and Augmented Reality could be used to significantly improve the user experience.
3 - 5G technology
Power and speed have always been two fundamental characteristics for the success of an App. That is why 5G technology can contribute even more to the development of mobile applications.
Thanks to 5G, 100 times faster than 4G, it will not only be possible to significantly speed up data transmission. It will also allow the development of mobile applications for sectors that until now have been on the sidelines, due to the excessive latency of 4G.
We are talking about such areas as the Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality, data security, health, and 3D games, for which the combination of low latency, high bandwidth, and density guaranteed connection by 5G can offer significant opportunities.
For Apps developers this is a new scenario thanks to which it will be possible to create more and more innovative applications; This is why 5G is a top trend that should not be underestimated.
4 – Beacon technology
Among the trends for the development of applications in 2021, we could not miss the Beacons, the innovative BLE-based technology that is revolutionizing not only commercialization but also other areas, such as social and information fields.
The strengths of this new technology are now well known, but to use it, it is necessary to develop applications that are capable of receiving and reading the messages sent by beacons.
Today, in fact, there are "standard" applications (especially for the Android world) capable of deciphering different Beacons but, in general, the potential of this technology is maximized with the implementation of dedicated applications.
It can be deduced that there are many opportunities for developers. This is not only due to the growing demand for ad hoc applications, but also because beacons are making their way into a large number of sectors, from healthcare to culture.
5 – Wearable Devices and M-Commerce
Wearable devices, that is, those that can be worn, are gaining more and more ground in the world.
We are no longer talking only about the well-known Apple or Android smartwatches. We are also talking about new devices, like smart clothes, which are becoming established very quickly.
It is no coincidence that according to Forrester in 2022 there will be 1.1 billion connected Wearables for which, therefore, it will be necessary to implement applications.
As for desktops and mobiles, also for the world of Wearables, it will be necessary to create applications that can function correctly and continuously.
We consider that such clothing is still in the 'debut' phase in the Western world. It is easy to understand how important they will be for the development of the applications.
Like Wearables, the future of M-Commerce also looks promising, especially considering the sharp increase in mobile shopping.
In fact, mobile phone purchases have risen sharply in recent years, as has been highlighted in surveys by Oberlo and Shopify.
The first research speaks of an increase in online shoppers in 2021 to 2.14 billion. The second estimates an increase in global e-commerce sales of 276.9%.
More and more users, therefore, prefer mobile devices to make their purchases. This will clearly influence the creation and development of applications that simplify and speed up the process.
Other Trends to Consider
To these 5 main trends for the development of applications in 2021 can be added others such as Artificial Intelligence, chatbots, blockchain, mobile cross-platform app. They certainly won’t be overlooked by developers.
The world of applications, in fact, is constantly growing and expanding, but it is also very competitive. Therefore, to stand out, it will be increasingly essential to incorporate emerging technologies in the development of mobile applications.