What are the biggest mobile app development trends coming down the pike? It’s a given that low code app development and new mobile app development tools will be continue to be popular and grow. But beyond those, what are the biggest trends you need to know about for 2021?
We’ve chosen the four tops ones that will make the most impact on app development. Read on for details.
IoT isn’t a new technology – but it’s as hot as ever and getting hotter. The research firm Global Data says the market will grow from under $200 billion in 2020 to $221 billion in 2021, and to $318 billion in 2023. Of the $200 billion in 2021, a full $161 billion will be spent on software, including mobile apps.
That’s a big market opportunity for anyone in mobile development.
Kathryn Weldon, Technology Analyst at GlobalData, explains, ““The diverse ecosystem of providers offering software and services makes this segment especially competitive. Operators are vying to offer value-added services beyond connectivity, while network and infrastructure vendors are branching out into IoT platforms and applications. IT Service Providers, systems integrators and consultants are providing a wealth of consulting and integration services, while business software vendors and vertical VARs and specialists are providing IoT application development and ‘pre-shrunk’ applications.”
The second big trend will be artificial intelligence in mobile apps. As with IoT, AI has been around for a long time. But 2021 will be the year it will be used increasingly in mobile apps.
Integrating AI with mobile apps can provide enterprises with real-time analytics and valuable data – data and analytics that can be acted in immediately.
One visible sign of how important AI is to mobile apps is that Apple, at WWDC back in 2019, introduced Core ML 3, which is the latest version of its machine learning model framework. That framework helps iOS developers embed AI directly into their apps.
Among the most important uses of AI in mobile apps are speech recognition, chatbots, biometrics, emotion recognition, image recognition and text recognition.
On-Demand Mobile Apps
On-demand mobile apps directly connect customers with services. They’re already incredibly popular – think of Uber, AirBnB and countless food delivery services.
On-demand mobile apps were popular even before the pandemic. But because of lockdowns and the need for social distancing they’ve become more popular than ever. And now that many of millions of new customers have been introduced to them, they’re going to grow even faster.
Expect a host of new services in on demand mobile apps in 2021. They will help people get immediate medical help instead of having to schedule appointments weeks and months in advance. In addition, increasingly, people are becoming freelancers and contractors, and the market for connecting freelancers with people who need their services will skyrocket.
It’s time to prepare for 5G technology, because 2021 is the year that 5G will really take off. This fifth generation of mobile network technology offers higher peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, increased availability, more reliability and massive amounts of bandwidth.
CNet predicts that “5G will start to live up to its hype in 2021 -- for real this time.” It notes, “Coverage will get better. Speeds will get faster. Phones will get cheaper. It'll be the year when consumers will actually start clamoring for 5G, rather than it being an extra throw-in on the latest device.”
Ericcson says that 5G use will skyrocket in 2021 and continue growing so that by 2026 there will be 3.5 billion subscriptions worldwide.
Preparing for 2021 Mobile App Development Trends
To take advantage of these technologies and adapt your app development skills you need a flexible app development platform. Another way to speed app development and incorporate these new technologies is to develop with low code software.
One of the top low code development platforms that can leverage all these trends is Alpha Anywhere. The software has won the InfoWorld Technology of the Year award and consistently receives 5-star reviews from customers on third party product review sites.
The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct no-code and low-code components. Users of all skill sets can digitize paper forms or build sophisticated offline apps with IoT and AI/ML integration.
You can use Alpha Anywhere Community Edition and build all the apps you need for free. You'll only pay when you deploy the app, and packages start for as low as $99/months.