It has been 12 years to the iconic launch of iPhone in 2007 and also the birth of consumer-ready mobile applications. Since then, the mobile app market has been growing in double-digit rates. The transformation of accessing the Internet on a desktop to mobile size computing is at its peak. Mobile apps have mouth shut the skeptics of the market who coined apps as a bubble.
Mobile apps are a culture we have all grown accustomed to, given their presence as location-based apps, to their development on the spectrum of augmented and virtual reality. In fact, as per Statista, by the year 2020, mobile apps are expected to generate $188.9 billion as global revenue.
With 5G network trials set to be underway across the world, the realm of app development will witness a change.
1. Instant Apps on the rise
Google gave birth to instant apps in 2016 - A type of native mobile applications that are lighter, user-friendly, easy-to-use and to the point, the best thing is you don't have downloaded the app, so it saved memory and served the purpose or purchase perfectly. With consumer always looking to optimize battery use, 2019 will be the year of organizations providing a native mobile app experience on the go, without any commitments!
2. Accelerated AMP Mobile Pages
Google integrated AMP (Application Performance Management) in 2016, and it has been a massive hit amongst users as well as developers. The model of instant content delivery has been available in most leading platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google as a light HTML version of the page with smooth user experience. 2019 will be the year of more longer experience on Instant Articles and AMP version of pages.
3. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
AI and ML have been increasing their mark and usage application deeper in the technologies around us. From smart homes, personal assistant, Alexa's of the world, the true potential of more intelligent tech making lives simpler have already been demonstrated. 2019 will be the year of bots and applications communicating further to makes our work and personal lives more smart and easier.
4. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
AR/VR is here to stay. Computing without screens is the inevitable future, and immersive technologies have demonstrated their potential in various areas including Education & Training, Manufacturing, Advertising, and Automobile. 2019 will be the year with possible integrations of AR and VR leading to MR and standalone consumer-ready applications.
Though the 2018 year was spooky for the cryptocurrency, the technology behind it; Blockchain is here to stay and dominate in the coming years. Possibly being the game changer tech of next decade, blockchain is already set up its foundations in finance and banking, supply chain management and possibly any other ledger has driven business. 2019 will be the year of Blockchain having its own wider use cases than only cryptocurrency which too holds excellent potential for universal defined money.
6. Cloud on surge
It took years to develop the infrastructure, but finally, the world is finally using the cloud to its maximum potential. Reduced hosting costs, better storage and accessibility, dynamic pricing, offshore server management and mobile apps coming up with SaaS models is going double up the cloud penetration.
7. Mobile Wallets
Payments, transactions, and commerce have seen the biggest boom in the mobile application world. It seems that the consumer looks forward to forgetting the paper money and uses digital money to its highest potential. Secure, safe and always accessible payment gateways make room for more commerce over the internet. Secured encryption provided by leading payment gateways like Paypal, Amazon pay, Stripe and GoogWallet will become a staple product in 2019.
8. Wearables and IoT
2018 was the year of watches, shoes and even spinners having IoT capabilities integrated. App developers have always fantasized to the integrate OS in hardware and interact with the world around them. Watches have been around for some time, and more companies have been providing mini apps for smartwatches like Apple Watch and Android-driven watches. 2019 will be the year of iOT entering our homes, kitchens, drawing rooms and make our daily chores easier.
9. On-Demand Apps
Once coined as a bubble, on-demand applications are here to stay. Uber for X model will reach to a broader audience with multiple use cases from travel, automobile, food, and payments. UI/UX enhancements, mCommerce, Analytics, and business bots will be on the rise due to this model.
10 . Virtual Assistants equipped with Voice
2018 was an introductory year of Alexa and Google Home's of the world. Quick information equipped with voice commands and AI in the backend, will engage users with multiple applications. Shopping and search will rise due to ease of access voice command. Many companies have already dwelled into this popularity and bringing their voice assistants with various verticals like healthcare, finance, automobile and enterprise models.