Since the past recent years, mobile apps have been changing our lives constantly. And because of their enormous popularity and usefulness, they serve to be a significant opportunity for appreneurs as well as enterprises.
According to Statista, mobile apps are supposed to generate around $189 Billion US dollars in revenues.
Not only that, but many experts have already said that the mobile app development industry is one of the fastest growing industries and that it shows no signs of slowing down in future as well.
With latest technological advancements and new inventions coming to life almost everyday, it’s not wrong to think that 2020 will most assuredly be the year of mobile apps and both appreneurs as well as enterprises will have more opportunities in future of doing business.
After conducting a thorough research by our business analyst team, we’ve identified and listed down below the most promising Mobile app development trends that are going to dominate in 2020.
1- The era of AR/VR has just started!
AR and VR, both are cool! There is no doubt about that. But in 2020, their use cases will not be limited to just gaming applications anymore.
Tech giants are already innovating tons of new use cases for both. For instance, Google and Apple both are releasing new AR demos on their latest devices, which is the proof that AR/VR is going to be a game changer in the near future.
In fact, these technologies are also predicted to seen on social platforms for branding as well as targeting potential customers through ‘Beyond The Screens’ AR/VR apps.
For example, Snapchat and Instagram have already released their AR filters that can turn a human face into various digital funny characters.
A few examples of AR & VR trends
- Mobile AR disruption
- AR in marketing & advertising
- AR in healthcare
- AR in manufacturing
2. Smart things – the new age of mobile-connected smart objects
The word ‘smart things’ or the ‘smart objects’ was originally created by a relatively new technology – Internet of Things.
Also known as IoT, it is basically a network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, electronics, and software which are all interconnected within the network itself.
For instance, Samsung, Xiaomi, Bosch, Honeywell, and many other big brands holding a big market share already.
And a few of these recent IoT app development trends include Kisi Smart Lock, Nest Smart Home, Google Home, etc.
Overall, the IoT is considered to be one of the game changing technology in the world of mobile application development. In fact, the global IoT market is expected to generate $1.335 Trillion US dollars in revenue by the year 2020.
Future trends of IoT
- Smart homes & smart areas
- Routers equipped with more securities
- Self-driving cars
- IoT in healthcare
3. AI & machine learning
AI & Machine Learning both have dug their heels quite deeper into mobile app market.
AI for the most part, has made itself manifest in the form of chatbots, while Siri, the combination of machine learning as well as artificial intelligence is now a very much part of mobile app innovations that cannot be separated now.
And in 2019, the power of AI & Machine Learning will not be just limited to Chatbots and Siri.
Many organizations have already started embracing AI app development to grow profitability as well as decrease operational expenses in various forms.
In fact, according to IDC, more than 75% of workers who are using ERP solutions will now leverage the capabilities of AI to expand their proficiency in workplace.
This means, not only AI & Machine Learning have deep roots in today’s mobile apps, but they’ve a significant opportunity of innovation in future as well.
Future trends of AI & MI that you may see
- AI automated DevOps through AIOps
- AI-enabled chips
- Automated machine learning
- Interoperability among neural networks
4. Beacons – the market worth millions!
Beacons is not really a new innovation anymore. There are now various industries including Museums, Hotels, Healthcare, etc. that use Beacons technology in their applications.
We think it’s safe to say that Beacons technology has become more understandable for common users.
However, their use cases will not be limited to these in 2020. Beacons have a far greater capability than that.
For instance, Beacons combined with IoT in retail can help users with valuable information regarding sales as well as other ongoing promos that they may find within their vicinity.
Future trends for beacon technology in 2019
- Mobile payments beacons
- AI-enabled chips
- Automated machine learning
- Beacon treasure hunting
Read More: The retailer’s guide to beacon technology
5. Cloud – the necessary element of future mobile apps
Though many still consider Cloud to be a luxury option, but in 2020, that won’t be the case anymore.
The world has already started waking up to the benefits as well as possibilities that Cloud has to offer.
For instance, reducing costs in web hosting, improved loading capacity, and streamlined business operations are only a few benefits Cloud provides.
Nowadays, there are many security-related concerns being solved with the help of Cloud, making mobile app development more secure, fast, and reliable.
Plus, with the help of Cloud technology such as Dropbox, AWS, SlideRocket, and many more, it is now possible to develop powerful apps that run directly on the Cloud.
That means, we should also expect more such powerful apps, requiring minimal storage space from smartphone to be released in 2020.
Cloud computing trends in 2020
- Quantum computing
- Hybrid cloud solutions
- Evolution of cloud services and solutions
6. Mobile wallets – the mobile banking game changers!
There is no doubt about the fact that the demand for Mobile Payment solution app development is on rise, and with security being the top most concern among developers, the usage of mobile wallets is only going to increase in the year 2020.
In fact, frictionless payment methods is what today’s customers love to see in the mobile apps that they use.
So, in 2020, mobile wallets as well as payment gateway integration that offer highest level of secured encryption will become mainstream in all kinds of mobile apps.
Mobile wallet trends in 2020
- Over 2 billion mobile wallet users
- More secure mobile wallets
- Contactless payment
7. Blockchain – things beyond bitcoin & smart contracts
Ever since its debut, blockchain development has opened up a world of newer & exciting opportunities in the IT sector.
While in 2018, we all mostly saw the use of blockchain technology in creating cryptocurrencies and smart contracts only. But in reality, blockchain is more useful than you can ever imagine.
For instance, with the use of blockchain, it is possible to develop decentralized mobile applications.
Decentralized Mobile apps or the DApp is basically an application that is not only not owned by anyone, but it is also impossible to shut it down nor it has any downtime.
In simple terms, Blockchain is expected to contribute more in mobile app industry by making the mobile app itself decentralized, just as bitcoin’s blockchain did for money.
Future trends of blockchain technology
- Asset tokenization
- BAAS (Blockchain-as-a-service)
- Trading on crypto-currencies exchange
- Crypto space and gaming
8. Wearables – future’s must have accessory
There is no denying to the fact that the market of Wearables industry is experiencing a rapid growth. In fact, according to Statista, Wearable devices are expected to reach over $44.2 Billion by the end of 2020.
This means, there is not only evident amount of investment appropriated to the wearable market, but in the future the word wearable devices will become just as superfluous as the word smartphone right now is.
Today, the main control panel of any wearable device is the smartphone. It means, to create a wearable the devices must be paired with it and they also must be in close proximity.
But, according to the Co-Founder of UNA, Ryan Craycraft, our smartphone will no longer be the main hub anymore in the near future.
In fact, the wearable app development will have more ubiquitous connection directly to the web and may be even to our body.
Wearables future trends for 2020
- Wearable technology claims first spot in fitness trends 2020
- Increase in wearable watches causes decrease in sale of traditional watches.
9. On-demand development apps – the most successful business model of modern era
On-demand business model was once used to be called an inevitable bubble in the world of mobile apps. But today, On-demand is the future.
In fact, almost all industries have embraced on-demand like an old friend, and no industry is going to let go of such a successful business model in 2020.
To date, 42% of adult population have used at least one on-demand service. And, there is no evidence that this on-demand trend is going to fade away anytime soon.
All in all, the on-demand app development trend is here to stay, and the businesses that will not adapt, are definitely going to get crushed by their competition.
On-demand trends in 2020
- More focus on B2B sector
- More industries to embrace On-demand applications
2020 & Beyond…
We believe that staying up-to-date with latest trends as well as technologies is the key to keeping up with ever changing customer demands as well as the competition.
And we hope that with this blog, we’ve shared great insights for mobile app development trends for 2020.
If anything, by any chance, has been left behind by us, please let us know in the comment section below.
We promise to perform a thorough research and provide in-depth insight on request.
Also, while it would be difficult to identify the exact benefits to your business of all these mobile app development trends, and if that’s the case, just reach out to our expert. We will guarantee to make your app stand out in mobile app market.