All known technology is changing and advancing every day, and the mobile industry is definitely following all the trends.
What, in the mobile tech world, has proven to be a trend that we need to follow (if we’re not already)?
Why mobile technology?
Mobile traffic accounts for approximately half of the web traffic worldwide. In the first quarter of 2020, mobile devices (excluding tablets) generated 51.92% of global website traffic and have consistently hovered around the 50% mark since the beginning of 2017 (Statista). Also, don’t forget that more than 3.5 billion people have a smartphone!
The list of the hottest mobile technology trends that will shape the industry is useful for those who run a business and those who develop software solutions for smartphones and tablets. Take a moment to learn about these trends to help generate new ideas.
- Cloud-based apps
We do more and more work via mobile devices, and mobile serves us far better than it did ten years ago! In relation to this, the average user has an average of 60 applications on their phone, all of which can cause problems from the hardware side in terms of memory. Cloud-based solutions have addressed this concern, and remote servers now provide requisite storage space. Just try and imagine everything you have on Google Drive or Dropbox on your phone!
So, what do you get out of it?
- Secure data storage
- Automatic updates
- Data loss prevention
- Disaster recovery
Blockchain technology has its roots in the world of cryptocurrency. Using this technology, you can make payments to another person very quickly, very easily, and with minimal costs — almost non-existent costs if you compare them to bank fees. So, why is blockchain so fast? Because there are no intermediaries and bureaucratic red tape to delay its efficacy…
In the App Store and Google Play, you can find lots of applications coupled with blockchain. They are mostly e-wallets, currency converters, digital asset tracker apps, and networking solutions.
Blockchain technology provides a secure approach that allows you to enhance your mobile platform’s consumer protection and earn customer loyalty. The core benefits of blockchain-powered apps are:
- Improved data protection and reduced risk of data loss
- Quicker transactions
Mobile app development is inexpensive. Because of this, getting into IoT solutions via mobile apps is a logical business tactic. Compared to web apps, IoT provides a more flexible platform to transfer data. IoT development in mobile apps can simplify the use of remote-controlled devices and other smart gadgets, all with a single app. Let’s face it, we all have cell phones with us non-stop, and that’s precisely why it’s easiest to manage everything around you with your mobile device!
According to Statista, in 2019, there were more than 26 billion IoT-connected devices worldwide. By 2025, this number will surpass the 75 billion device threshold.
IoT apps allow you to:
- Manage devices (open/close, trigger alarms, use them for wearable devices and more)
- Analyze data and build charts and reports
- Monitor readings of devices and sensors
- Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence
Remember how Pokemon Go took over the world? AR’s basic premise is to overlay digital content on top of real-world things using items like maps, cameras, and sometimes even the sky. Aside from being awesome, AR is also one of the few exciting concepts in active development. It makes heavy use of the camera, and you don’t need a particular computer setup or headset to make it work.
Currently, more and more apps can recognize voice commands, analyze textual and visual data, anticipate user behavior, and make forecasts, recommendations, and decisions.
Artificial Intelligence technology today is a known topic to everyone, and techies everywhere have had courtside seats throughout AR’s ups and downs.
- 5G Connectivity
We’ve already written about 5G and its impact on app development. Implementation of all of the technologies we’ve mentioned so far (IoT, AI, AR, cloud) into mobile applications is possible due to the enhancement of wireless connectivity. 5G is the fifth generation wireless cellular network standard and not just modified 4G. Instead, 5G boasts an entirely new network architecture, which can usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and change how network ecosystems function (kinda sci-fi, right?). Read more about it here.
- Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
It’s no secret that performance is vital to the success and profitability of any online venture. Consequently, websites across all industries are utilizing a new standard called Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to improve their performance.
Supported by Google, this front-end technology aims at delivering a high-level performance regardless of device or network condition. Google achieves this by enhancing PWAs with native-app qualities that are reliable, fast, and engaging. While receiving lots of attention, the concept of PWAs is relatively new to most people.
- Instant Apps
Instant apps are small software programs that allow Android users to test full-blown native apps before downloading them. Also, besides being smaller in size, they are user-friendly and convenient to test in real-time. Instant applications consist of several separate modules that can be loaded independently and without delays. Read more on Google’s official site.
- Mobile Payments and E-commerce
Online shopping has never been this cool. Buying things from home is comfortable, but buying from your phone saves even more time! Did you know that in 2019 40% of online transactions were conducted with mobile devices? Also, in 2018, mobile commerce sales exceeded $626 billion.
An easy and secure payment method is what customers demand in today’s eCommerce arena. The market has seen a gradual deviation from traditional purchasing methods: payment methods have changed from a single credit/debit card swipe to mobile wallets and digital currencies.
Are you thinking about showing off your products for sale? Find the inspiration (and template) here and create a product app in no time!