A device that was a luxury in the 1980s is now the most imperative need of the 21st century. Wondering what we are talking about? Well! It's the smartphone. Unsurprisingly, it has become our to-go device, and the mobile apps keep us occupied for most of the day.
As per Statista: Between 2017 and 2021, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of global at-home mobile education app usage is projected to amount to 62%. Due to the coronavirus, a lot many people started working from home, leading to an increase in the use of mobile business apps; these apps are projected to have the second-largest 4-year CAGR with 57 percent.
2021 will be grander than any previous years with regards to the newest features that the latest mobile models will bring. But the aspect that will attract more limelight is the top mobile app development trends that will dominate 2021.
There is no wonder in the fact why the trends keep on changing every year. I consider these to be the game-changing trends that will redefine the future of mobile apps. Read on as I walk you through them.
The emergence of 5G technology will transform everything for the mobile segment. By 2025, the number of 5G connections across the globe will grow to 1.1 billion.
Are you wondering what it has to do with mobile apps? Well! 5G is expected to transform the way apps are used and developed. Additionally, it will not only improve the internet speed but also enhance the functionality of mobile apps. With this trend, the users will get to experience the never-seen-before features in mobile applications.
The Internet of Things is not a new concept, but it has taken the world by storm. This technology is transforming the way people live in their homes. It allows users to engage with appliances and gadgets in real-time.
In 2021, more users will begin to control appliances and electronic devices with apps. IoT will grow exponentially and thus giving mobile users a new way of operating other devices at their place. The developers will also be more inclined towards IoT since it also possesses data sharing within the network.
3. Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) technology has become easily accessible, and it is getting better with time. In previous years, we saw many games that integrated AR and made users interact with creatures and objects that didn't exist in reality but were present on the screen.
The league will continue even in 2021, and this technology will begin to enter other segments like healthcare, security, industrial maintenance, and many more. Gaming and enterprise information systems are all set to leverage AR's potential by augmenting the real-world objects with animated metadata.
4. Beacon Technology
Beacon technology is giving some serious technology goals to the world. Beacons use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals. This means a phone that enters a beacon's zone allows the relevant app to receive this signal and provide relevant notifications to the users.
The main benefit of this technology is that it minimizes the gap between users and companies. This year, you can see more mobile app development services that will use beacon-based apps and locations. Segments like healthcare, travel & tourism, and physical games are likely to embrace this technology in the future.
5. Cloud-driven Mobile Apps
Cloud technology isn't a new name, and the world has already experienced its positive impact. Fortunately, it has found its place in the world of mobile apps. Mobile apps are directly fetching data from the cloud and occupying less space in your smartphone's internal memory.
The league will continue in 2021; Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive will be followed by many more amazing apps.
Mobile purchasing and payment platforms like Amazon Pay, Google Pay, and others have engulfed the marketplace. And it becomes evident that M-Commerce is one of those giant trends that will never see an end. Taking cognizance of this fact, 2021 will be greater than previous years in terms of M-Commerce development.
Retail and E-Commerce businesses are vying to have the desirable apps to capture a larger share of the customers. This year is a call to all those entrepreneurs who have been thinking of entering this segment.
7. Progressive Web Apps
The star examples of Starbucks Coffee, Twitter, and Pinterest say it all. Two years back, companies advocated that they didn't need a mobile app as they assumed that their web presence was enough for them. However, the scenario has changed now. With progressive web apps, you can render users an experience equivalent to a native app as soon as they land on the website.
Mobile apps are catching up with this trend, and you can make your online presence felt. And the ones who will keep pace with this trend will survive through the competition with ease.
8. Blockchain Technology
Blockchain has managed to make its way to the mobile app development segment. If you wonder how this technology can be a part of a market that has nothing to do with blockchain, you need to know that blockchain has gone way beyond cryptocurrencies.
You will be amazed to know that several online wallets and smart ledgers are using this technology. The reason is that it prevents data breaching or the creation of fake documents. A blockchain-enabled mobile payment app is the thing of 2021, and the industry leaders are already expecting to make the most out of it.
9. On-Demand Apps
Things that were earlier a luxury are now a demand. This year will see the emergence of on-demand apps. Placing a specific app request and getting the service at your preferred area will be a common thing. The users will get to avail the ultimate experience that these apps will bring to the marketplace.
Food delivery apps, taxi apps, grocery delivery apps, and various other apps will come under its shelter. Present apps like Uber are much popular amongst the users and are a classic example of on-demand apps. Other corporate giants are planning to consider the development of such apps to skyrocket their business and cater to their customers' demands.
The world that crawled without a smartphone is now running at its fastest pace with the advent of mobile apps. The above-mentioned mobile app development trends are not going to fade away anytime. So let's admit that the ones who will keep abreast of the latest trends won't see an end to their success curve.
Admittedly, it isn't easy to develop an app that will ensure guaranteed success, but you need to take the first step to reach the ultimate goal. Initiate it today and stay ahead of the competitors. And trust me when I say that your entity would be a fail if you don't go for developing an app that integrates the latest trends.
Don't let this year go in vain and utilize it to the fullest in identifying the nature of the app that your business requires and make 2021 the best year for your organization..
PS Don't forget to add these trends to the planning stage.