When the first smartphone was launched for the general public in 1994, nobody could have predicted that this simple device would evolve to become an integral a part of our life. Currently there are 2.1 billion mobile users. In 2019, the number is expected to cross the 5 billion mark.
As the number of mobile phone users is increasing, the number of mobile apps is also multiplying. In the third quarter of 2018, there were 2.1 million Android apps and 2 million iOS based apps. Just like mobile phone hardware, its software and applications have also gone through a constant evolution. We have seen the advent of new trends and improvement of the existing ones in the past decade and this trend is bound to amplify with an increase in number of mobile phone app developers along with an increase in market.
Gadget enthusiasts are keen to know about such updates from the technical front so here is a list of potential mobile app development trends in 2019.
Though this technology was developed way back in 2008, it will find wide scale use in 2019 and by 2024 the blockchain technology market is anticipated to hit the $20 billion mark. Mobile app developers are keen to tap into blockchain technology and want to capitalize on the decentralized currency platform.
According to Gartner, artificial intelligence will not attract more investment as compared to 2018 but its usage across platforms will increase drastically. Finding application in Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google assistant, artificial intelligence applications will make our life much easier by taking over everyday tasks. The popularity of these virtual assistants, will lead to similar mobile applications in the form of chatbots and personal assistant.
More sectors are expected to introduce more on-demand apps in 2019. Until now, just the likes of Amazon, Alibaba and Flipkart who wanted to enhance their users’ customer experience and enhance sales developed their own mobile applications. But now even the smaller players and local business owners want to have their own apps created according to their requirement. As a result, besides the traditional industries like healthcare, insurance, fitness,e-commerce and fintech, businesses as varied as food delivery, organic products, laundry services, plumbing, bespoke tailoring, handbags and accessories designing, etc. will want their own mobile apps suited specially to their niche customers.
A forecast reveals that the number of wearable devices is set to triple from from 84 million units in 2015 to 245 million units in 2019. With so much demand of wearable gadgets, this industry is destined to boom soon. The rise of wearable gadgets like smart watches, fitness trackers or wearable headsets, will lead to the development of compatible wearable apps as well. Thus, wearable apps will be all the rage in 2019.
In 2019, chatbots will take over a significant share of communication aspects in the mobile app world. Part of this can be attributed to the need of having a real-time interaction between the service providers and customers. Chatbots revolve around need to have human-to-human interaction and various companies are trying to make profit on this. That is why chatbots are anticipated to tackle this issue. Hence, one should not be surprised to see even more chatbots in 2019.
A network of interconnected smart devices is known as Internet of Things (IoT). We know that smartphones need to be connected to wearable devices. IoT involves lots of other smart devices that have special circuits, sensors and software built into them. These software are nothing but apps that can be developed by any mobile app developer. Until now only a small number of businesses were using it but things are expected to go a notch higher in 2019 as more sectors such as education and e-commerce will also capitalize on it. Thus IoT will find a place on mobile phone apps soon.
Over the past few years Augmented reality has revolutionized app development in entertainment and gaming industry. In 2019 too AR is expected to do the same if not amplify it a notch more. This app development trend will find use in unexplored fields like health, engineering, real estate, retail, etc.
Like AR, virtual reality is another mobile application trend that will be hot in 2019. Virtual reality has been traditionally used for simulation that is difficult and expensive to create. But VR has now caught the fancy of businesses, as it can help them to recreate how a certain product would look on their customers. You would have seen it in your hair salon or in that jewellery website.
Many people would prefer being online through their mobiles so businesses will have to develop their own mobile applications to provide this experience to their customers and this is why AR/VR related apps will soon find space in every 2nd users’ mobile phone.
There was a time when people had some kind of insecurity while having an online transaction. But now we live in a world where a respectable amount of payments are made online, preferably via a cell phone. This trend of online payment will increase even more in 2019, consequently leading more mobile payment apps.
There are many apps we have used by now that use cloud to store data, for instance Evernote and Dropbox. Such apps allow the users to access their personal and professional data anytime from anywhere. Until now they could be accessed separately but now there is a high probability that an integrated platform will be created that could allow users to access any information, anytime.
There is no point of any of the developments stated above if the user is deprived of a sense of safety and security. Amid privacy breaches, all the major to minor players are investing in the user's data security and the safety of the app so that the user can have a carefree app experience.