The end of the year is fast approaching. It feels like it was only yesterday that we were looking forward to what 2018 would bring. Now, we’re just a couple of months away from the end of the year.
That can only mean one thing.
We need to take a look forward at the mobile app trends that you need to know about in 2019. After all, apps evolve constantly. If you’re not keeping up, you’ll fall behind your competitors.
So without any further ado, let’s get right into the list.
Trend #1 – 5G is on its way
It’s been rumoured for a long time, but it looks like we’re finally going to see some progress when it comes to 5G.
The major networks have all been conducted tests on the superfast 5G networks. Plus, we’re expecting to see the first set of 5G devices appear during the early months of 2019.
What does this mean for mobile app developers?
You need to be sure that your apps are compatible with this new wave of high-speed internet. 5G will also offer you the chance to include new functionality and security features into your apps. For 2019, you may have to strike a balance between creating apps for the future and ensuring that they still work on 4G connections.
There are a lot of different technologies that may come off the back of the introduction of a 5G network. You may have to prepare to implement things like augmented reality and 3D gaming as you never have before.
Trend #2 – The Rise of AI
We’ve already seen a new wave of apps that use artificial intelligence in 2018. However, 2019 may be the breakout year for the technology. We see AI evolving from being a slightly gimmicky feature to something that’s going to be essential for a lot of mobile apps in the future.
There are plenty of reasons for this. Some estimates claim that the use of chatbot AIs can save businesses up to $7.5 billion per year. That means a lot of companies are going to want to implement them on their websites and mobile apps. The technology behind these bots looks set to improve too, which will increase demand further.
AI also allows for more personalised app experiences, which is a major issue in the current market. You can use the tech to make your apps more personal to the people who use them. Plus you can use AI to figure out what people want, which helps with further development.
Trend #3 – No VR Just Yet
Augmented Reality (AR) exploded onto the scene with Pokémon Go. Today, there are loads of apps that use the technology to their advantage.
That leads to the obvious question – what about Virtual Reality (VR).
We think that it may still be a little bit too early to start incorporating VR into your mobile apps. While the tech has gained popularity in recent years, it’s still not quote gone mainstream. Plus, it’s very difficult to implement VR into a mobile app in a cost-effective manner.
AR is expected to go from strength to strength though. Both Apple and Google have showcased some new AR demos in recent months, with both also working on creating new toolkits for the technology that makes it easier to implement and enhances your offering.
So stick with AR for now. VR is still quite a way away from becoming accessible enough for mobile devices.
Trend #4 – On-Demand Apps Will Continue to Soar
We’ve seen the likes of Uber make huge waves in the transportation industry. We’ve even seen them take their first steps into the food delivery sector with Uber Eats. That’s opened the floodgates for a host of on-demand services that handle everything from laundry through to pest control.
The on-demand sector experienced massive growth in 2018 as it became a multi-billion dollar industry. We’re expecting to see a further rise in 2019 as consumers grow more used to the idea of being able to get what they want right now using their smartphones.
That’s going to change the way that you offer your services. If you can provide something on-demand, 2019 may be the year for you to build an app for it.
Trend #5 – More Apps for Wearables
The rise of smart watches and fitness trackers have caused an explosion in the wearables sector. Better yet, all of these wearables require mobile apps that link to them so that users can see the data they generate.
Industry analysts expect to see a near-40% growth in this sector throughout 2019, which means there’s an opportunity available for many business owners. There are going to be a lot of new and innovative wearables on the market by the end of 2019 and you may be able to develop the apps that people use with them.
Trend #6 – App Security Will Still be a Concern
2018 saw a 20% rise in the amount of mobile malware in the world, which means security needs to be at the top of the agenda for any mobile app developers.
Development will have to factor in a lot of risks, from data storage security through to DDOS-attacks. That means a lot more work has to go into securing your apps before you send them onto the market.
This is an ongoing mobile app development concern too. The techniques that hackers use evolve constantly, so it’s likely that we’re going to see a rise in the number of businesses that employ teams with a specific focus on mobile security.
The Final Word
2018 has been an amazing year for mobile app development. We’ve seen the emergence of plenty of new technologies that will influence the ways we develop apps for years to come.
The above are the six trends that developers and their clients need to know about as we head into 2019. A basic app isn’t enough anymore. You need to consider how the industry will evolve as well as what’s happening right now.
The Imobisoft team is at the forefront of mobile app development in the Midlands. Get in touch with us today to create an app that ensures you’re ready for 2019.