According to Statista, the total number of smartphone users come the year 2019 would be 2.5 billion, up from 2.2 billion in 2018. Whether that is true or not, mobile app development would have to keep up with the increasing number of users. That being said, app building companies would have to make sure that they implement some of the trends being introduced on a yearly basis. So today, I am going to talk about some trends that are most likely going to dominate in 2019.
The Coming of 5G
I am pretty sure that you have subscribed to a 4G data plan on your mobile device, right? Although it is usable, there are some instances where slowdowns can still be experienced. Enter 5G technology. The newer standard is set to smoke the 4G out of existence by providing speeds of up to 100x faster than the previous iteration. Apps that would normally take 5-10 minutes to fully download can be installed within seconds. Of course, before you can take advantage of the new standard, you have to have a 5G capable smartphone. Still, that is no longer going to be a problem since phones that support it are now being rolled out into the mass market.
Ever wonder why some services like Spotify or Netflix would provide you with suggestions that closely resemble the genre you’re frequently consuming? Well, you have to machine learning to thank for that. It is a sub-technology that is based on Artificial Intelligence and has been around for two years (and counting). The reason why it is going to be one of the major trends in 2019 is due to the fact that it can analyze heaps of data that would provide much-improved services across the board. And, if companies are able to provide such services, then expect that their revenues will increase as well.
The ‘Future’ of Wearables is Here
Ever since the advent of Apple Watch, more and more companies are sinking a lot of their money in the development of their own device wearables. Such things would allow users to use their smartphone and increase the capabilities of their wearables wherever they go. For instance, the device wearable can be used to help track how many steps a person has done over the course of 2 hours or so and that will be logged into the user’s smartphone. Since wearable devices have become quite cheap in the past couple of months, we can expect to see more mobile applications that will help unlock their full potential.
Here Come the Beacons
With the use of location-based services increasing, the use of beacon technology is ever-important.
Essentially, beacons would allow smartphones to know exactly where the user is. This can be used to help improve location-based services.
Although not as popular as the previous technologies, expect app development companies to incorporate new measures that will help entice people to use these things.