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Latest Mobile App Development Trends to Note in 2021

Author: Innotech Vietnam
Date: 22/01/2021

It can’t be denied that the smartphone industry and innovative apps have played an important role in humans’ daily life. These mobile apps have developed every single day to satisfy the demand of customers and market tendency. This article will mention 10 mobile app development trends to be noticed in 2021.


1. 5G Technology


5G is the fifth generation of mobile network with more innovation that is expected to become more popular by 2021/2022.


It was said that the most important improvement of 5G is the speed of the network. A survey conducted by Open Signal from July 1 to September 28 of this year reveals that 5G users are able to download several times faster than 4G ones. 5G also will be more stable and consume less energy than 4G. Moreover, with the giant capacity, 5G can allow up to 1 million devices to be connected at the same time without “congestion”. This will lead to the idea of everything being connected, such as cell phones, security cameras and other electronics. 


5G is faster and more stable than 4G 5G is faster and more stable than 4G


The features of 5G network will leave its influence on mobile app development. It can not only improve video-based experiences, involving 4K and 8K streaming, but also handle heavy VR&AR 3D objects better.


2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) : Chatbots and Voice Assistants


AI has changed almost every industrial or commercial segment. Infused with voice recognition and face identification, this technology enables apps to identify and predict user’s behavior. Besides, it is also integrated with high-end security features and identifies objects that are scanned with the camera.


Chatbot platforms help service providers interact in real-time with customers without human-to-human interaction, giving special experience customer service to users. From that, users can save time and enterprises can reduce their cost. According to Gartner, 85 percent of customer interactions were handled without a human at the end of 2020.


3. M-Commerce


The covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has made a change in customers’ shopping behavior. They tend to spend more time buying online and m-commerce has the potential to become a major channel for shopping.


m-commerce would make up 72.9% of global e-commerce sales in 2021 m-commerce would make up 72.9% of global e-commerce sales in 2021


According to Statista, in 2021, 72.9 percent of all retail e-commerce is expected to be generated via m-commerce. So, it is necessary to build mobile shopping apps or may be, PWA – Progress Web Apps. PWA is a web page that can be installed on a customer’s phone as an app. The advantage of this technology is cheaper development cost compared to developing a traditional native application, but with closer results.


4. Blockchain


Blockchain has been far from the earlier days of the theory and technical curiosity, and developed each passing year. This technology seems to be implemented across many industries, such as travel, banking or healthcare – every part that data immutability can bring benefits by reducing costs, transacting more efficiently and securely.


It is definite that there will be an increase in blockchain-powered applications in 2021 because many enterprises have carried out their ongoing pilots or advanced projects. For example, in March 2020, Alibaba informed that it would enhance its cross-border e-commerce unit Kaola with Ant Financial’s blockchain technology so as to intensify product traceability, record logistics details, custom clearances and product registration.


5. Wearable App Development


A Gartner report predicts that total spending on wearables will go from $32.5 billion in 2018 to $63 billion in 2021. The expenditure of smartwatches will account for the biggest amount which is expected to be $27.4 billion in 2021.


Consumer spending on wearables could rake in as much as $63 billion Consumer spending on wearables could rake in as much as $63 billion


The Covid-19 has changed the way people approach their health tracking. By using smartwatches, healthcare monitors and fitness bracelets, they can check their health situation regularly and conveniently. Therefore, the demand for supported apps is going to increase.


6. Augmented Reality (AR)


In the Augmented Reality enterprise market, AR remote applications, such as AR remote expertise and AR remote training, will continue to grow. According to ABI research, consumer AR software and content is expected to reach at over 100% CAGR between 2021 and 2025. 


the total AR market will increasingly expand in 2021The total AR market will increasingly expand in 2021


The Covid-19 outbreak will drive demand in 2021 for proactive solutions to not only maintain business efficiency but also make sure that employees are safe. AR software providers will update their services, including more features and new strategic collaborations to support and simplify large-scale deployments. The consumer AR hardware market will be more dynamic in 2021. We can mention some businesses: Facebook is expected to roll out its AR smart glasses from its Reality Labs initiative; Google may join as well after the acquisition of North, ….


The total AR market, including content and usage on mobile devices, will grow fast. The establishment of “at home entertainment” and the rise of “online shopping” will lead media & entertainment and retail & commerce to develop rapidly.


7. The Internet of Things (IoT)


In 2022, the IoT market is predicted to reach $1 trillion according to Statista. This advanced technology consists of many verticals: from wearable devices to smart homes, smart cars and more. IoT can allow us to manage all electronics devices in our homes by using smart phones connected to the Internet. For example, users can use an app to turn off the lamp when leaving home. So, IoT will expand as a tech-driven network of smart devices and objects. 


The IoT market is expected to reach $1 trillion in 2022 The IoT market is expected to reach $1 trillion in 2022


In addition, IoT also provides the potential of data sharing within a network. And 5G is going to speed up the adoption of IoT enabled devices. All this will make IoT become the best choice for mobile app development trends in 2021.


8. Apps for Flip Phones


In 2020, companies like Samsung and Huawei have already made their foldable smartphones available for the first time. These phones can be compressed or expanded as users’ preference, allowing them to enjoy the functionality as their needs.


To adapt to the new kind of smartphones, mobile applications will now be customized for flip phones. Because these phones are quite new in the market, there will be an upsurge of applications compatible with these devices in 2021.


9. Instant Apps


Small-sized instant apps have been trends recently. These apps can help users experience the basic functionalities of an app without downloading it. So, users can decide if they would like to install the app on their devices or not. This gives user-friendly UI design and memory-efficient services that require less storage space to the users.


In addition, these apps bring more benefits when intertwined with digital marketing and advertising strategies to approach target customers and influence them to download the app. So, instant apps are particularly useful for the mobile gaming and e-commerce industry. Hence, the demand of these apps can be anticipated to be huge in this year.


10. Cloud-native


Cloud-native applications allow us not to need a separate server for hosting our apps pace as the code for such software is written with cloud-first approach.


The best advantage of cloud-native development is unlimited traffic that helps you cut down your expenses. For instance, Google Cloud serverless tooling allows users to automatically scale up and down depending on incoming or outcoming traffic. And you don’t need to be anxious about how much the traffic plan you should buy.


From the view of mobile apps development, cloud-native applications definitely have their position among the mobile application trends in 2021.


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