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Top 10 Mobile App Development Trends That Will Dominate in 2021

In the past few years, mobile apps have been changing our lives constantly. Because of their enormous usefulness and popularity, they are considered as significant opportunities for enterprises.

According to Statista, mobile apps are supposed to generate around $189 Billion US dollars in revenues next year.

worldwide mobile app revenue

Moreover, 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 the future as well.

Our business analyst team has conducted a thorough research, then, we ended up with a list of the most promising Mobile app development trends that you should stick to in 2021.

1. AR/VR

AR/VR

AR and VR, both are cool! There is no doubt about that. But in 2021, 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 a proof that AR/VR is going to be a game changer in the near future.

Google displayed the applicability of AR in its popular Maps app at its annual developers’ conference this year. Using interactive objects displayed on the camera interface, the app is capable of delivering a much more intuitive experience.

The truth is, 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. Snapchat and Instagram, for example, 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

Read more: AR – Augmented Reality: The future of e-commerce

2. IoT

IoT

The word ‘smart things’ or the ‘smart objects’ was originally created by relatively new technology.

– the Internet of Things

People talk about IoT everywhere, but you don’t know exactly what it is? Basically, it is a network of physical objects that are embedded with electronics, sensors, and software which are all interconnected within the network itself.

For example, Samsung, Bosch, Honeywell, Xiaomi, 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.

You can switch on A.C. while you are on the way to your home, you can switch on and off the TV with your mobile phone with a simple sync process.

In fact, the global IoT market is expected to generate $1.335 Trillion US dollars in revenue by the year 2020.
Overall, the IoT is considered to be one of the game changing technology in the world of mobile application development.

Future trends of IoT:

  • Smart homes & smart areas
  • Self-driving cars
  • IoT in healthcare
  • Routers equipped with more securities

3. AI & machine learning

AI & Machine Learning

In fact, AI & Machine Learning both have dug their heels quite deeper into the mobile app market.

For the most part, AI 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.

In 2021, the power of AI & Machine Learning will not be just limited to Chatbots and Siri. Many organizations have already started embracing these technologies to grow profitability as well as decrease operational expenses in various forms. 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 the workplace.

This means, not only AI & Machine Learning have deep roots in today’s mobile apps, but they have a significant opportunity for innovation in the future as well. This is why a need for easy-to-use tools, which make sense for the app developers and not just for the data scientists, is emerging rapidly.

“Hence, by the year 2022, 40% of all new app development projects would have co-developers with expertise in Artificial Intelligence”

Gartner ( the world leading research and advisory company )

Future trends of AI & ML that you may see:

  • AI automated DevOps through AIOps
  • Automated machine learning
  • Interoperability among neural networks
  • AI-enabled chips

See also: Benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in E-commerce

4. PWA – Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web apps are web apps which deliver an almost complete mobile app experience. But unlike mobile apps, these don’t need to be installed from app stores or require any significant amount of physical storage space within the device. Progressive web apps can run directly from the browser, and once installed on the home screen, it can even run without the Internet.

The USP of PWAs is that it can operate even on a low-bandwidth network and work smoothly on low-spec smartphones. Many companies including Alibaba and Flipkart have successfully integrated PWAs into their website platforms and have derived significant benefits out of it.

Progressive Web Apps
(Example of a Progressive Web App from Google on iOS)

PWAs offer incredible new possibilities for those willing to have the experience of android apps even in low-spec smartphones. Take, for example, the Google Maps Progressive web app used in Android Go smartphones.

Progressive web app development is expected to surge in 2021 as these apps offer a lot of value for users in developing and rural smartphone markets across the world.

The highly useful app, which otherwise takes well over 200 MB of space on smartphones barely consumers 50KB of physical storage when installing as a PWA. Even with space as low as that, it functions perfectly in low-spec smartphones and allows users to do pretty much all the basic things they could do with the full app.

Read more: 12 Best Examples of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

5. 5G Technology

We’re currently at the transition period between 4G and 5G. And as 5G technology is becoming a real thing, it’s only natural that development companies will take the multi-GBs peak speed of 5G into consideration when developing apps—and this means that in just a few years from now, the customer experience will be drastically different than before.

All the usual hiccups caused by slow internet connection and latency are eliminated: videos will start to replace images as a means to drive user engagement, VR/AR-based features will be more commonplace, and users will experience increased visual clarity thanks to the higher resolution textures made possible by high-speed connection.

6. Mobile wallets

mobile wallets

It is obvious that the demand for mobile wallets is on a rise, and with security being the topmost concern among developers, the usage of mobile wallets is only going to increase in the year 2021.

In fact, frictionless payment methods are what today’s customers love to see in the mobile apps that they use. As a result, in 2021, mobile wallets, as well as payment gateway integration that offer the highest level of secured encryption will become mainstream in all kinds of mobile apps.

Mobile wallet trends in 2021:

  • Over 2 billion mobile wallet users
  • Contactless payment
  • More secure mobile wallets

7. Cloud

cloud

The world has already started waking up to the benefits as well as possibilities that Cloud has to offer.

For example, reducing costs in hosting, improved loading capacity, and streamlined business operations are only a few benefits Cloud provides.

These days, there are many security-related concerns being solved with the help of Cloud, making mobile app development more secure, reliable, and fast.

On top of that, 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 2021.

Cloud computing trends in 2021:

  • Quantum computing
  • Evolution of cloud services and solutions
  • Hybrid cloud solutions

8. Blockchain

blockchain

Since its first 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 in creating cryptocurrencies and smart contracts only. But in reality, blockchain is more useful than you can ever imagine.

To illustrate, 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 the 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
  • Trading on the crypto-currencies exchange
  • Crypto space and gaming
  • BAAS (Blockchain-as-a-service)

9. Wearable and foldable devices

wearable devices sales revenue

There is no doubt about the fact that the market of wearable technology is experiencing rapid growth. In fact, according to Gartner,  wearable devices are expected to reach over $81.5 billion by the end of 2021, an 18.1% increase from the previous year, which means there is not only the 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. In fact, the two—smartphones and wearable devices—works together to create an effortless experience for the users. The main control panel of any wearable device is the smartphone, which means the wearable devices must be paired and they also must be in close proximity.

wearable devices

But, according to the expert in the IT sector, our smartphone will no longer be the main hub anymore in the near future. Whereas, the wearable app development will have a more ubiquitous connection directly to the web and maybe even to our body.

The same goes for foldable devices. Starting with Samsung Galaxy Fold, foldable devices are making a comeback recently, and development companies are already starting to incorporate foldable devices into their design scheme. For foldable devices, the app needs to meet various requirements such as resizable, compatible with various screen ratios on the market, multi-screen and multi-resume functionality.

Multi-screen support
Multi-screen support is a must in order to enable support for foldable devices
Source: How to Develop Apps for Foldable Smartphones?

10. On-demand apps

on-demand apps

“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.

The truth is, 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 2021.

According to statistics, 42% of the adult population has used at least one on-demand service. And, there is no evidence that this on-demand trend is going to fade away anytime soon.

Overall, 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 2021:

  • More industries to embrace On-demand applications
  • More focus on the B2B sector

2021 & Beyond…

We firmly believe that staying up-to-date with the latest trends as well as technologies is the key to catching up with ever-changing customer demands as well as the competition.

In other words, we hope that with this blog, you can obtain great insights for mobile app development trends for 2021.

Furthermore, if anything, by any chance, has been left behind by us, please let us know in the comment section below. We promise to perform thorough research and provide in-depth insight on each 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 the mobile app market.

What do you think about mobile app design & development trends that are going to rule 2021? Let’s discuss this in the comment box below.


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