Mobile apps are only growing in popularity and the space is always changing. It’s estimated that total app market revenue will reach $695 billion in 2022 and only grow as the years pass.
Below are some of the current mobile app development trends to watch for this year and beyond.
5G technology has been with us for some time but it’s really hitting its stride in 2022. Large mobile companies are adopting 5G for all their networks and many new devices have 5G on them. We think that almost 50% of new devices put out this year will work with 5G.
5G will have many effects, so your mobile app software development team should ramp up its work fast:
- It’s estimated that 5G can be up to 100 times faster than 4G.
- Latency may be reduced to as little as 1 millisecond.
- 5G is much faster than older standards, so there will be more VR and AR opportunities for developers.
- Moving data between mobile devices will be smoother and faster.
- It will be easier than ever to make mobile payments and much faster.
More Apps For Foldable Devices
It may feel like 100 years ago, but there was a time when mobile flip phones were all the rage. Today, touch screens with minimal or even no buttons are the most popular phones by far.
However, we are beginning to see a comeback for flip phones developing. For example, last year, we saw the introduction of the Galaxy Fold and an all-new Razr phone from Motorola.
These amazing smartphones can fold to make the screen larger or smaller depending on what the user wants. For instance, the user may want to make a phone call with the phone closed. But when she wants to watch a video after the call, the device can be unfolded into a larger screen.
Foldable phones are still a small part of the current market. But this is changing – a 2020 survey by USA Today found that 18% of iPhone users and 20% of Android users were intrigued about having a foldable phone.
AI has been maturing over the last few years, with smart cars and robotics becoming so popular and useful. However, the role of artificial intelligence has largely been about enhancing the customer experience to date.
We think AI will take a larger role in changing how businesses organize their internal processes going forward.
More Food And Grocery Delivery Mobile Apps
During the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, there was a 40% increase in consumers using grocery store apps. Many people wanted to get their groceries online and have them delivered instead of going in the store.
This also was the case with food delivery from restaurants; there was a 32% increase in the number of people buying food online because they thought it was safer.
It’s possible there will be a slight decline in the use of these apps as more of us move beyond COVID. However, we think this is still a ripe opportunity for additional mobile app development next year.
More Wearable Devices
We have seen more wearable tech for many years. While wearable devices aren’t new, there are more of them coming out, such as smartwatches, fitness bands, and trackers. Many experts say the products have not fully developed yet.
Right now, about 25% of phone users have wearable devices as well. Mobile app developers should consider making more apps in this growing space.
Mobile apps and tech are changing often. If your organization works in this space, it pays off to stay on top of mobile app trends so you can offer in-demand products to this growing market.