The possession of a mobile phone in the 21st century is about as commonplace as owning a black pair of socks. Just think about it – how many people do you know who own a mobile device, and how many do not? Odds are one number is significantly higher than the other. For this reason and many more, the mobile application development industry is continuously evolving, aiming to meet its clients and customers where they’re at in this ever-expanding market. Since new users are joining each and every day, the industry’s job is to grow with, or at a faster rate, than its audience.
Below we’ll take a look at just a few of the market’s top trends in the mobile apps department as it strives to reach growing consumer demands.
The Growth of On-Demand Apps
On-demand apps are true to their name; they are those which provide some type of quick service to their customers in a variety of industries. For example, if you want to eat sushi and order using Glovo or need a ride and search for an Uber driver within your reach, you’re utilizing an on-demand app. These platforms solve day-to-day minor and major problems with just a few taps of the finger.
For that reason, this market is one of the highest grossing on any mobile device. And it’s not just for food or taxis. Nearly every industry you could think of has the opportunity to take advantage of an on-demand app presence. Whether for hairstylists or pet groomers, fitness coaches or cleaning companies, there are thousands of market gaps which can be filled. 2021 is expected to see huge growth in this area as more companies look to make their services as convenient as possible for everyone involved.
Apps With Foldable Devices in Mind
Everyone remembers their first sliding phone. Cheap plastic devices that you’d flip back and forth rapidly, texting the night away with a keyboard that was bound to break down at any moment. However, nowadays “foldable phones” are one of the market’s most promising gadgets. Say goodbye to the rickety old features which permeated slider cells of the past and say hello to bright double screens which compress effortlessly to fit smoothly in your pocket.
You may be thinking then, what is the mobile app industry’s role in the discussion? Well, as foldable phones continue to evolve, apps must also change and transform for the better to adapt to the new layout. This is especially true for the gaming market.
With millions of users around the world streaming video content, practicing strategy in an online casino, or defeating opponents in first-person shooter games, the industry is growing at a rapid rate. For example, gamers who engage in single or multi-player blackjack online using a mobile app undoubtedly enjoy the enhanced experience on double screens. Similarly, challenging a fellow chess enthusiast to a live round of the strategic game online is even more immersive with a two-screen display. Therefore 2021 is expected to see a rise in developers designing apps with foldable devices in mind.
As a new year begins, 5G technology is expected to expand its reach to cover more and more networks. This means that developers can work further with the service as they roll out new app products. In addition, increased speed efficiency will result in users being able to spend more time on their phone’s apps which will, in turn, give certain industries such as gaming and on-demand companies an upper hand.
Advancements Within Wearable Devices
When the highly anticipated Apple Watch first dropped in April of 2015, reviews called it one of the most ambitious technology products of the moment. Over 5 years later, millions of these wearable smart devices are being sold each year.
When it comes to the mobile apps industry, in a recent huge announcement Apple stated that the wearable device would not operate using the traditional iOS app store and rather would have its own, entirely independent from the iPhone. This news has created a huge gap in the market for designers and developers to offer their services for mobile app integration.