Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence in the mobile application development sector were unheard of even a few years back. However, now they have charted to be among the top web and mobile application development trends of today. One can really gauge the tremendous evolution that mobile application technology has seen over the years if we consider the dramatic change in the behavior of its users.
From assembled desktops to Apple McBooks, from ‘not-so-smart’ phones to Android handsets, users have been exposed to some of the greatest technological milestones over the past few decades, so much so that they have become an integral part of their existence. According to notable research, the smartphone user base is likely to touch about 2.5 billion in 2019, a gigantic leap from 2.1 billion of the same in 2016.
According to a rough estimate, the last quarter of 2018 already had 2.1 million Android apps and 2 million iOS-based apps.
Apps: Market trends
Mobile web applications, these days, offer much more than just ordering your food or delivering your goods. They help in paying your taxes and checking your blood pressure too. The complication of these applications is likely to grow even more in the coming years, especially with the ever-growing demands of its consumers for quick turn-around time. The same logic holds true for businesses too that are fast turning toward Artificial intelligence and Virtual reality to get things done faster and more efficiently.
Simply put, we are getting used to mobile apps sooner than expected. They are on a steady ascent with the advent of newer devices and regularly updated the platform with new capabilities available to businesses. Device-enabled products like location-based apps, virtual reality apps or sound apps, all form an integral part of businesses today and are likely to grow at an unprecedented rate in the future. In fact, according to a report by Statista, mobile apps are likely to generate $188.9 billion in global revenues by 2020.
Top trends in mobile application development
- AI and Machine Learning will dominate the mobile app development market
According to statistics shared by the International Data Corporation, the AI industry is likely to set a benchmark by accounting for $40 billion by the year-end of 2020. The demand for Machine Learning, indeed is non-negotiable, especially when we are not unfamiliar to tech elements like chatbots and virtual assistants the moment we log on to a website. Let’s not also forget the influence that Siri and Alexa have on our lives, making them the biggest ‘living’ culmination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and mobile technology.
- Internet of Things (IoT) will reduce human intervention
According to a report by the GrowthEnabler IoT report, since the year 2016, IoT has been developing at a CAGR of 28.5% and is expected to reach USD 457 billion by 2020. The demand is only going to increase from here, given the heaps of tech-savvy gadgets that are synced with mobile apps through sensors, special circuits and in-built software. Internet of Things is nothing but a network of interconnected smart gadgets that make our life easier and faster.
- Chatbots to be an integral part of mobile app development
Virtual assistants and chatbots are fast becoming an integral part of all mobile app development services. Businesses especially look forward to integrating it on their websites to reduce the cost of human assistance. Moreover, experts believe that almost 50% of B2B buyers prefer self-service CRMs, which is often considered an extension of customer relationship management. Interestingly, gauging the future chatbots have, Statista estimates that the virtual assistant market will generate $1250 million by 2025.
- Cloud integration will be the unique point of investment
With the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the safety of data is a major concern among businesses, thus highlighting the importance of cloud integration in mobile app development. The possibilities of exploring cloud integration, however, are not limited to maintaining data safety standards. In fact, it is much more than that. Streamlining operations, reduced costs in hosting, increased user integration, loading capacity and better storage options are some of the few advantages of cloud integration. It goes without saying, how important it is for businesses to get information about a client or customers.
Mobile web application development services in the coming years will need to design software in sync with the above-mentioned technology trends, thus marking the beginning of space-age innovation in the mobile app development sector. Mobile apps have become an integral part of our day-to-day activities, but the demand does not end at booking tickets or paying the bills. The users are in constant search for apps that are simple, effective and responsive. While the market evolves to retain the trust of its customers, it must also be remembered that the trends never remain the same, thanks to the ever-changing operating systems and most importantly, the requirements of the customers.
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