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Top Mobile App Development Trends For 2020 and Upcoming Years

While in early 2010s, mobile apps were still futuristic exotics, in late 2010s, they are a must for literally any activity. No matter what you sell or promote, a mobile app is the tool you’ll definitely get the most use of. Suddenly, from all the sectors of the economy (at least, the legal ones), mobile app development is the fastest growing one. By the end of 2020, the overall revenue generated by mobile apps is to reach $581 billion.

Making a competent app is the key to success, while every niche gets overcrowded sooner than one might imagine. But it’s not enough: as app markets support automatic updates, your app should be ready to accept any changes that lead to positive results. It’s the way to get ahead of your competitors (or at least not get lost behind them). The fresher methods your app incorporates, the greater its appeal and efficiency get.

So, what’s an up-to-date mobile app in 2020? How to make an app that satisfies your customers, doesn’t confuse your own support, and retains its essential purpose and usability through updates?

Beacon: Hardware-Supported Location Assistance

There’s no phone without built-in maps today, based on GPS and its likes. But, as helpful as it gets in the streets, indoor satellite location technologies get useless. Beacons are a special sort of Bluetooth transmitters that send signals within buildings. Assigned to certain locations, they are identified by apps that then address the location base and enable indoors navigation.

But beacons are more than that. Combined with the Internet of Things, they can exchange data with other devices, enabling automatic tracking of cars and robots, cargos and packages. There is more to beacons now: in 2020, they can get AI-enabled or adapted for mobile payments.

APM: Pest Control for Apps

With this mobile metric system, integrated into Google services for four years, developers and testers can track and remove bugs in their apps, making them easier to use.

Wearables and IoT Support: More Than Human Users

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The Internet of things is now evolving rapidly, surpassing 20 billion active devices by 2020. Connecting to each other and exchanging data, IoT devices form a new environment. Integrating your app into HomeKit, Android Things, Ubidots, IBM Watson, Oracle IoT, or other IoT platform, you can enrich its features by merging it with your user’s smart home. As for wearables, if your app takes a glance at the wrist instead of long fiddling with the phone, it feels much better. This integration, though, can get deeper, including using biometric and health sensors.

AI Integration

There isn’t much to add about AI importance. But using it for prediction of the user’s choices, for processing big data and thus providing the best options for users, and so on seems only the beginning of the process. Integrating it with hardware chips, voice assistant apps and devices, local face recognition, or health analysis, can bring much more than we so far imagine.

AR and VR Integration

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Augmented reality finds more and more usage with mobile apps. From filters and masks in entertainment chats and photo editors, it grows into random object detection, location-based hints, merging camera captures with virtual images in real time, and so on. Platform developers (like Apple and Google) provide powerful kits that enable even more unexpected applications.

As for VR, it still requires hardware headsets in addition to phones and laptops, so it’s less popular. On the other hand, VR is perfect for virtual trips, games, as well as for robot-assisted exploration in human-unfriendly environments. Just imagine, for example, a NASA robot with 360-degree cameras exploring an asteroid, and people watching it in VR almost in real time! Down to Earth, it can be used with stethoscopes to see the inside of anything, from engines to human body. Though it’s way more specific than AR, it can be used in equipped environments.

Instant Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages

Though, in fact, these are two different technologies, they do the same thing: get your data on your device faster. Instant Apps is a technology by Google that lets you download and run apps almost in no time. Accelerated Pages does the same to web pages and entire sites. Making the process instant, you make it easier for users to try it and stay with it if they like. There is even no need to download an Instant App to try it (especially useful for games), and, when it comes to AMP, they get rid of all the unnecessary codes in order to deliver the essentials. So these pages load faster, and using them makes the experience better, with better conversion following.

Cloud-Based Apps

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When 5G is about to take over the world, and connecting to servers is faster due to Instant Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages, apps can be cloud-based. Why not? It saves the user’s storage. It lets you implement updates seamlessly when they only concern the backend. It reduces the app’s size and lets it integrate with third-party services. Apps can work faster because all the heavy computing is done on the server side. Finally, Dropbox and other cloud platforms can host the entire apps, like Google Stadia or Apple Arcade does to games.

Well, if you want to feel the advantages directly, just try using cloud-based solution while developing the app. Storage and communication, backups and virtual servers, web services integration and stuff will be so much easier that you’ll want the same for your customers.

Chatbots

Everyone knows it’s just an imitation; but speaking in human language provides a much better user experience than a visual interface for searching the text of the answer. AI-backed bots understand natural language, process requests and provide correct replies. They are irreplaceable when it comes to orders, like food delivery, shopping, technical support, suite booking, or ride sharing.

These bots are probably among the first digital killers for human support; but it’s a reason for human support workers to requalify and maybe develop or support these bots.

Blockchain Support

Blockchain-enabled smartphones have already made some noise in the industry, but all of them were too niche to become hits. On the other hand, as blockchain goes beyond the cryptocurrency market, this technology finds more usage. Traditional payment apps can use them as well as Bitcoin or Ethereum ledgers. Distributing the entire registry among various users of the service is proof of its security.

Your Trend

Of course, all these trends add to the basic requirements like usable design, security and privacy, not replace them. So, which of these innovations do you consider the most important? Which is the most fantastic through the eye of a pre-smartphone user? What other trends can you foresee? Share your opinion in a comment… and come back later to check.

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