Mobile application development is always evolving, due to advances in technology, user demands and a variety of other factors. To gain an edge as an application development company and better serve your customers, you need to stay up to date with the latest trends in the tech world. Here are the mobile app development trends for 2021:
1. Internet of Things (IoT) App Integration
Technology has allowed for people to become accustom to using technology to enhance their daily lives. IoT has facilitated the improvement of daily life by allowing for convenience and automated control through the growing network of devices connected to the internet. A current example of this is Smart Home technology, whereby consumers can use devices connected to the internet to complete tasks like unlocking the front door or controlling the aircon all from a mobile device.
2. Apps for Foldable Devices
In the early 2000’s there was no device trendier than a flip phone, however over the years smart phones with touch screens with one or no buttons has taken over the market.
Recently foldable devices have been making a comeback, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X. These devices fold to adjust the screen size based on the preference of the user. For example, the device may be used in a folded format to make a phone call but to watch a movie the user may unfold the device to make the screen larger.
3. Development for Wearable Devices
Wearable technology like smartwatches, trackers and fitness bands have been in the market for a while, however despite being in the market for years this technology continues to increasingly trend.
In 2021, more mobile applications will be developed with wearable technology in mind. Users will be able to download what they need, when they need it, right to their wrist.
4. Beacon Technology
This technology has been embraced by industries ranging from retail to healthcare, beacons provide additional functionality to almost any mobile application.
“Here’s an example of how beacons work with mobile apps. Let’s say you are a mobile app reseller that builds apps for retailers. Your clients can install beacons in their stores that connect with a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth if the app is on their device. When a user passes by a beacon, they can be instantly notified about a sale or special on products in that store.”
Beacon technology can assist in tracking buyer behavior in shops, such as detecting if a consumer is spending more time in a particular aisle in comparison to the rest. As a result, the app can automatically send a push notification to encourage a sale later, relating to the data gathered.
5. Mobile Commerce
The e-commerce trend has continued to dominate throughout the years and more recently due to the emergence of Covid-19. Mobile commerce apps allow companies to meet their customers need for convenience by developing apps that allow them to shop when and where they choose to.
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