According to statistics, the number of global mobile phone users is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019. Moreover, mobile applications are projected to generate $188.9 billion in revenue by 2020.
With the increasing demand for mobile applications and promising revenue figures, app developers are keen to learn what direction they should be heading during 2019.
Here are a few major mobile app development trends that are likely to dominate the industry in 2019:
Internet of Things
According to Forbes’ projection, the global IoT market is expected to generate a massive $1.445 billion in revenue by 2020. This makes IoT one of the hottest buzzwords among the developer community.
Internet of Things—IoT, in short—is a network of physical objects that leverage electronics, software, and sensors to interconnect with the network itself.
It’s a breakthrough technology that’s making a big name for itself in the world of mobile app development.
Some common applications for IoT include Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Nest Smart Home, etc. Future trends in IoT may include self-driving cars, smart homes, smart areas routers, and more.
Augmented and Virtual Realities
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have made great strides in the last few years and are likely to play a big role in the mobile app development industry this year.
Moreover, their applications are not only limited to gaming, but also extend to different industries, including advertising and marketing, education, fashion, and even health care.
Furniture giant IKEA is already using AR to enable their customers to envision the furniture in their home before making a purchase.
For those who are not familiar with AR and VR, augmented reality uses existing surroundings and adds details such as text, images, or graphics to it using digital projectors and sensors.
While virtual reality creates an artificial environment, taking a viewer into a different, virtual world, where they can go and see different things.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to technology that enables software or machines to imitate human behavior. This is arguably one of the most lucrative avenues in the app development industry with unlimited potential.
This technology is already available in the market, Siri and Google Assistant being the common example. Not only do they facilitate the users to perform a wide range of activities, they also provide humorous, witty answers to keep them entertained.
According to a report published by the International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on cognitive and Artificial Intelligence systems will reach up to $77.6 billion in 2022.
Companies are shifting their databases to cloud as it enables them to store huge volumes of data which cannot be stored physically on their premises.
Cloud storage offers greater accessibility and security at a very nominal price, encouraging businesses to shift their data to the cloud.
Moreover, apps are no longer limited to a single platform and cross-platform and cross-device development has become more common, which further strengthens the case of cloud integration as the future of mobile application.
Therefore, mobile app development trends certainly include mobile integration as a key consideration, as evidenced by the increasing number of cloud computing applications.
Considering the increasing inclination towards contactless payment and mobile wallets, it’s only fair to assume that the demand for mobile wallets is going to increase in 2019. Developers will need to address the security challenges and integration issues related to mobile wallets.
With the sophisticated technology available in the market, hackers are always employing techniques to hack into the systems. Therefore, a high level of secured encryption and payment gateway integration will be required.
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