Keep an Eye Out for These 7 Mobile App Trends in 2020

Read this article to know the latest trends that are going to hit the market in the yearly half of the decade of 2020. Know what improvements will they bring to human life and what exactly to expect from them.

Mobile applications are more than just phone apps that allow for more connectivity between friends, families, and businesses. Mobile application advancements continue to forge new paths for businesses and consumers alike. Almost daily, there is a new development with how mobile apps allow us to interact with people and things!

Here are 7 trends in mobile application development to watch for in 2020.

Responsive to Wearable Tech

Though the wearable tech isn't new to the market, they continue to shift how we interact with smart devices. In 2016, the revenue from wearable tech was $16 billion in the U.S. As wearable tech becomes more affordable and, therefore, more easily accessible, that revenue continues to increase, having more than doubled in 2019 to $33 billion.

As wearable tech becomes more popular and accessible, more website developers will begin to build websites to be responsive to wearable tech on their respective platforms. For instance, Android smartwatches sync with WearOS and Apple Watch requires WatchOS.

In 2020, we expect more people to use fitness trackers or smartwatches as well as less dependence on smartphones. At present, most smartwatches require a smartphone to be close by to function properly. However, the two major smartwatch makers have versions of their watches that do not require your phone to be close by. The LTE version of the Samsung Watch and the Apple Watch with mobile carrier plan. In the future, more smartwatches will be less reliant on smartphones.

Artificial Intelligence

There have been significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence or AI. The integration of artificial intelligence with mobile applications has made apps and tech smarter which helps save time, money, and streamlines processes.

Artificial intelligence isn't new, but it continues to evolve to improve the quality of life. One example is Google's introduction of Duplex. Duplex is an AI program that has the ability to make calls and reserve appointments with local businesses on a human's behalf.

With artificial intelligence's continued evolution, we will see more and improved:
  • Automated web and app development
  • Automated machine learning
  • AI-enabled chips

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things or IoT refers to billions of physical devices worldwide that are connected to the internet through sharing and collecting data. People can control their home appliances, security systems, and more with the integration of mobile apps with everyday, non-IT items.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Augmented reality is the creation of an interactive experience using a real-world environment. Objects in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated information. Nintendo's Pokemon Go mobile app game and IKEA's mobile app are perfect examples of the use of augmented reality with a mobile application. Augmented reality allows you to interact with your environment in new and exciting ways.

Virtual reality, on the other hand, is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment or even just an image that allows the user to interact with the environment. Virtual reality tech requires the use of specialized technology or equipment.

From entertainment like film and video games to aiding in neuro-physical rehabilitation, virtual reality, along with augmented reality, will continue to be a growing trend. Especially as it becomes more affordable and accessible to the masses.

Mobile Wallets

E-commerce is showing no signs of slowing down, as 60% of millennials prefer to shop online than in-store. With the boost in online shopping and banking comes the growth of online payment options for consumers. And as more people shop via their mobile phones, now being referred to as m-commerce for mobile, more people begin to pay using Google Wallet, Samsung Wallet, and Apple Pay.

Mobile wallets are allowing for customers to pay at physical locations for contactless payment. The encrypted security of mobile wallets adds to the safety that has eluded physical credit cards.

Beacon Technology is Here

Beacon technology uses wireless transmitters through Bluetooth technology to send signals. Various industries like retail, healthcare, and hospitality industries quickly embraced beacon technology because of the ease with which it sends information on the exchange of sales.

5G Wireless

When 5G becomes available everywhere, it's going to bring with it its lightning speed for wireless networks. 5G will bring with it more advances in data security, 3D gaming, augmented reality, and so much more.

Of course, these are not the only mobile trends we're going to see in 2020, but these are the trends we believe will have the biggest impact on business across all industries. Which trends in mobile applications are you anticipating to have a huge impact in 2020?


Guest Author: Deepak Sahani18 Dec 2019

You have covered all the major topics. Nice post.
I think AR is the next most big thing in gaming.

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