Did you know? Approximately 54.8%[i] of the web traffic comes from mobile devices.
With the mobile app development industry projected to grow to $613[ii] billion by 2025, mobile applications have become the key to businesses’ digital success.
Hence, a robust mobile app that is driven by innovation and offers users an optimal experience is a must-have for every business. And to create such an app, you need to stay abreast of the latest industry trends.
Knowing which mobile app development trends are going to dominate this year will help you build modern, high-performing, and engaging apps that help deliver desirable results. So, without any further ado, here’s the list for you.
Top 6 Mobile App Development Trends
1. Rise of 5G
This year, 5G will be reigning the mobile app development front as more and more companies are incorporating this technology full-scale in their business. This will bring many revolutionary changes in the app market, including –
- 100X increase in speed and network efficiency
- Low latency and higher bandwidth
- Improved cloud adaptability and computing
- Higher resolution and faster video streaming
- Better opportunities for IoT, AR, and VR developments
All this is going to open doors for endless exciting opportunities in the mobile app industry that are yet to be explored.
2. IoT App Integration
Operating as a network of interconnected digital touchpoints, IoT technology is increasingly penetrating mobile devices. As a result, mobile apps are now extending their use beyond the traditional roles with the help of ‘smart’ appliances. E.g., smartwatches, fitness and activity trackers, and home appliances remote control.
Companies like Amazon and Google are already utilizing this technology fully through ‘Echo’ devices and ‘Google Home Voice Controller’. In 2022, IoT technology is going to expand even further with the market valuation estimated[iii] to reach $264 billion. Out of this, a whopping $190 billion is expected to come from software like mobile apps only.
3. Cross-Platform App Development
App development for multiple platforms is another trend that is gaining traction this year. Cross-platform apps are compatible with different platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, and web. They use a single codebase with minor adjustments to match the native feel of each platform.
As a result, the development time and efforts are reduced, thus, allowing businesses to launch faster and save costs. Cross-platform mobile apps are emerging as a lucrative option for businesses looking to build optimal apps in today’s competitive mobile market.
4. Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are far from new concepts but we’ll see many interesting developments in this area this year. AR and VR in mobile apps help businesses offer immersive experiences to users in many ways, such as-
- L’Oreal uses VR to show users how a makeup product would look on their face
- Nike uses AR to scan users’ feet and provide them with hyper-accurate sizing recommendations
- IKEA uses AR to show users which furniture would fit and look best in their home
Companies like Apple and Meta are bringing revolutionary innovations in this field. Recently, Apple introduced the LiDAR technology with which it is now possible to capture superior quality photos in low light.
Meta is creating the metaverse by combining AR and VR with AI and blockchain technology to create scalable and accurate virtual worlds. Hence, it won’t be an overstatement to say that AR and VR are going to take the mobile app industry by storm.
5. Mobile Commerce and Wallets
Thanks to the pandemic and a host of technological advances, mobile commerce is now becoming consumers’ favorite way to shop online. The P2P (peer-to-peer payment services) apps and mobile wallets are further adding to the convenience of users, making mCommerce even more popular in the mobile app sphere. Geo-location apps are also lending a hand to the success of this trend by serving users with contextual messaging and on-demand services.
6. Tighter Mobile App Security
Cybercrime is already a massive issue for digital businesses. But during the pandemic, it skyrocketed to 600%[iv]. On top of that, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend which is merging employees’ personal and professional activities in a single device has led to an increase in the downloads of malicious apps.
That’s why most businesses are now looking to invest more in cybersecurity. Apple has already introduced a Passkeys in iCloud Chain feature to replace passwords with a more secure login process. In 2022, we’ll see many companies following suit and adopting a security-first approach.
Technology is ever-evolving, and the number of mobile apps is ever-increasing. So, to make sure your app stands out in the market, you need to stay up-to-date with the latest mobile app development trends.
We hope this blog post has given you some clarity as to what to expect this year in the mobile app development domain. If you need any further assistance, do reach out to our experts.
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[i] emizentech – Key Mobile App Statistics 2022
[ii] Statista – Revenue of Mobile Apps Worldwide 2017-2025
[iii] Buildfire – 15 Mobile App Development Trends for 2022
[iv] PurpleSec – Cyber Security Statistics
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