Future of app development trends

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The current technological innovations are destined to revolutionise the world of app development, and not only, in the coming years. Let’s find out which trends and innovations the software houses like HT Apps are keeping an eye on.

A world of integrated innovations

App development is the field that creates mobile applications and, given its technological nature, is constantly evolving. Before delving into the innovations and trends related to app development in the period ahead, it should be emphasised that these trends are destined to interact with each other, opening up new and still partly unexplored scenarios. To anticipate some of them, just think of the possibilities offered by the interaction between 5G and virtual reality, or the potential of artificial intelligence for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Let’s see in detail which innovations and trends will have a great influence in the world of app development.

The possibilities of 5G

The 5G connection is destined to profoundly change the way of living the use of digital devices and internet connection. With a latency time reduced by at least 10 times compared to the previous technology, 5G improves connection efficiency, stability, and speed. The first smartphones capable of managing the 5G connection are already on the market and according to a study conducted by Statista the 5G connection will reach almost 2 billion users by 2024. The fifth generation of connection will therefore allow a large number of users to take advantage of an immediate, “seamless” user experience, and to obtain faster downloads: thanks to these features it will be possible to develop apps able to offer to the user increasingly immersive and interactive experiences. This possibility, combined with new developments in the field of virtual reality opens up new scenarios in entertainment, engineering and many other areas.

More integration with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the technology that allows different devices to communicate. According to the research conducted by GlobalData, the IoT market will reach 318 billion by 2023. Given the increasing use of devices, wereables, sensors and domotics, it can be safely stated that this interconnection between devices will be one of the most relevant trends of the next period that software houses can’t ignore when developing apps.

Wereables

Closely related to IoT is the field of wereables, those devices that allow to monitor vital parameters and report notifications of other devices. The increasingly affordable price and the ease of use of these devices are points in favor that will push software houses to refine the development of apps that are meant to interact with wereables.

Foldable design

Software houses have to keep an eye also on trends related to smartphones’ (and not only) design: in recent times, smartphones with foldable screen have made their appearance on the market, which will need apps able to make the most of their characteristics.

Mobile e-commerce, mobile payments and mobile wallet

Another research conducted by Statista shows that most online purchases are made from mobile. The numbers show that more than 70% of online purchases are made from mobile and this percentage is set to rise: the same research estimates that by 2021 mobile purchases will reach almost 73%. This ever-growing trend is bound to affect the focus of software houses, which will increasingly improve the app development aspects related to mobile e-commerce. It should also be added that, beyond purchases from e-commerce platforms, an increasing amount of transitions are made from mobile. Mobile payments are an ever-growing trend, accelerated by the ease of use of mobile wallets, which allow to manage money from an app and offer the possibility to integrate additional security systems thanks to the possibility to use facial recognition to approve transitions. In summary, everything related to the development of apps related to purchases, transitions and management of money from mobile will see further development in the coming years.

Artificial intelligence, virtual assistants and chatbots

The implementation of artificial intelligence will surely be one of the crucial points that software houses cannot but dwell on. Increasingly sophisticated speech recognition technologies, “educated” to learn dialect and voice inflections, will allow an even more intuitive use of apps and devices. In fact, we are moving towards what has been called conversational marketing, promoted by the development of advanced chatbots and virtual assistants that are able to manage human-like conversations. The increasingly natural and effective responses of artificial intelligence will allow the user to obtain ever more precise information and ever more efficient assistance. In addition, it should be emphasised that virtual assistants and chatbots might be able, one day, to carry out the same tasks that apps now perform. This means that maybe, in the future, artificial intelligence would have the potential to replace apps.

Blockchain

Blockchain technology will also be applied more and more in the world of app development, especially with regard to data security, transitions and online purchases. The functioning of the blockchain system allows in fact to reduce intermediaries and this offer greater protection to data.

What the future holds?

The aforementioned innovations are some key points that software houses will need to take into account when developing apps. The need to be constantly updated is in fact necessary to keep up with the innovations brought by technology, that’s why it is essential to rely on the software houses like HT Apps that are able to deal with increasingly advanced and sophisticated apps, tailored to every need.

If you are looking for a reliable supplier or a authoritative partner for projects, HT Apps could be the solution for you.