Time flies. Trends come, trends go. New technologies evolve. Then probably few become usual, and few out of date. But mobile app development still exists with all its potential and power. And with evolution, it is becoming worthy!

We are in the third quarter of 2020. And like usual we can see some trends rising high in the mobile app development industry, leaving their identity in the tech industry.


So, let’s dive deeper to know the highest predictions and trends for the app development market this year and beyond. And let’s explore where the longer term of mobile app development is heading.

List of future trends that are making their marks in Mobile App Development?

  • Beacon technology is emerging
  • Smarter apps with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • 5G wireless services are bringing changes
  • APM and EMM
  • The next-generation app experience with AR/VR technology
  • The rise of the Bots
  • Instant Mobile Apps
  • AMP comes into action
  • IoT taking over the apps
  • Cloud-powered applications


#1 It’s “Beacon” Time

One with the emerging technologies leveraging the power of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals to help connect enterprises and businesses with their customers.

Diverse industries like healthcare, hospitality, museums, etc. are accepting futuristic technology’s true power. According to experts, Beacon technology is promising technology IoT to revolutionize the retail sector.

So, how does Beacon work? If you have a beacon-powered mobile application on your device, whenever the device enters the beacon’s zone, that app connects the signal and automatically shows the device owners suitable notifications.

You already know about iBeacon and Eddystone, respectively by tech giants Apple and Google. No sooner you’re getting to see Beacon becoming a serious part of mobile app development for both iOS and Android devices.

Listing upcoming Beacon trends

  • Travel and tourism industry utilizing Beacon
  • Beacon-powered mobile payment
  • Beacon treasure hunting
  • Transforming physical games with Beacon’s power


#2 Smarter Apps With AI and ML

AI is already grabbing attention. It is going to stay for a longer run. Experts predicted that by the end of 2020, the AI industry should rise to $47 billion. And the way the tech industry is making use of it, it looks like the figure can rise a bit higher!

Google has brought Duplex within the market and has set an example of how AI is taking up every industry including the app development sector.

AI is already redefining eCommerce and unlocking next-generation possibilities for healthcare. Now, when businesses combine AI with ML and deep learning, a treasure of real-time analytics and valuable data are going to be unearthed which businesses can use in their benefits to grow.

Moreover, when combined with another futuristic technology IoT, users don’t even get to lift a finger to try to do a task! Yes, AI is that powerful and thus, it is turning past’s sci-fi into a reality.

Let’s check out some upcoming AI trends

  • AI-enabled chips
  • To automate IT functions, using AIOps
  • Interoperability among neural networks
  • Adaptive battery to ensure increased battery lifespan
  • Voice and language translations


#3 5G Wireless Technology is Bringing Changes

Hold your breath because 5G wireless technology is entering the mobile app development space as per the alliance of Jio. And it opts to bring tremendous speed along with it. And by tremendous, I meant almost 100 times faster than the 4G network. Experts are already saying that 5G is the future.


Globally renowned companies like Samsung and Verizon are already working to bring 5G-capable chips in the market. LG too is not much behind to incorporate this wireless technology into their devices.

And speed is not the only remarkable factor here. 3D gaming, data security, Augmented Reality (AR)- everything is going to transform with this advanced wireless technology.


#4 APM and EMM

Application Performance Management (APM) and Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) are not new in the enterprise mobile app development process. These two are unavoidable parts of this space for a long time.

Usually, an app’s performance slows down due to different types of snags. To diminish these snags, APM was brought into the frame. And it results in boosting the app’s overall functional performance. Today, APM is a crucial part of the mobile app testing tools, precisely used for quality assurance.

The platform EMM helps in making the security structure strong of the mobile devices used by industry-specific employees. Also, it makes data and application exchange over different mobile devices. The productivity and efficiency of the employees can be increased without a doubt.


#5 The next-generation App Experience with AR/VR Technology

AR/VR is familiar in the entertainment and gaming arena. But the reality is AR/VR will expand its reach in other sectors as well this year.

Globally renowned brands like IKEA and Sephora are already fusing AR technology in their apps. Thus, these brands are successfully delivering top-notch UX which is resulting in a conversion rate boost.

You might be familiar with Instagram and Snapchat, right? These apps are also implementing the power of AR technology. How? Well, the funny and creative stickers or the unique animated touch – how do you think it is possible! Of course, by practicing AR technology.

Here’s a sneak peek how AR can revolutionize the app industry

  • Advanced healthcare applications
  • Mobile AR disruption
  • Transforming advertising and marketing with AR
  • AR in manufacturing

It is true that VR still needs some time to become mainstream. But advanced apps like Tilt Brush or Google Cardboard are setting examples of how VR can deliver an amazing 360 experience.


#6 The Rise of the Bots

Industry experts think that by the end of the year 2020, more than 80% of businesses will be using chatbots.

When businesses can have real-time interaction with their prospective clients, the chances of converting them into potential customers becomes easier. And chatbots help businesses in doing so.

eCommerce and healthcare sectors are already witnessing how chatbots can take customer engagement to new heights ensuring refined and better customer relationships. Chatbots can solve queries at any time of the day – delivering informative and human-like responses depending on the queries!

No wonder why Global Market Insight reported that by 2024, the global market size for implementing chatbots would reach 1.34 billion USD.


#7 Instant Mobile Apps

Instead of downloading an app on your smartphone, you still want to use it? Instant mobile apps bring you this opportunity.

Sometimes maybe you are not sure about an app whether to download it or not. So, you decide to check its fundamental functionalities first before making a decision. Instant mobile apps provide the taste of using an application’s complete version without the necessity of downloading the app.

Thus, instant applications are gaining immense popularity among its target audience. Also, such apps come with other benefits like a smaller size, impressive UX, not capturing device memory, having the functionalities of a website, and more.

NYTimes mentioned that by launching an instant app, they significantly increased their conversion rate from 20% to almost 27%. You can find Google Instant Apps now in the Google Play Store.

Experts believe that these instant apps are going to set a new trend in the app development space.


#8 AMP Comes Into Action

Google introduced AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) along with Twitter.

Now, developers easily develop feature-rich heavy websites that load fast, ensuring high-quality performance along with reduced bounce rates.

After Google integrated AMP listings into its mobile search results, developers can now reduce the loading time of web pages significantly. An impressive AMP score helps in user retention as well along with the perks mentioned earlier.

Google has stated that soon they will be introducing the mobile search box. With it, marking out the mobile-friendly websites will be easier.


#9 IoT Taking Over the Apps

Suppose that your alarm wakes you up and you find that your morning coffee is already brewing! Suppose that you cannot remember whether you switched off all the lights before getting out of the house or not. With just one tap on your smartphone, you can do it instantly! Interesting right? It is possible with the use of IoT integration in mobile applications.

The concept of a smart home is rising based on this futuristic technology only. And businesses are going gaga over investing in smart home app development.

And it is not just about smart homes or smart cities. As per the Statista report, by the end of 2020, the total number of IoT connected devices is about to reach over 30.73 billion!

According to market experts, smart and self-driving automobiles are going to rise with the help of IoT advancements in this year and beyond.


#10 Cloud-powered Applications

Cloud-powered apps are grabbing the attention of industry-specific businesses. The unlimited space offered by such applications is a reason behind it. Also, scalability is another major reason why cloud apps are going to trend this year and beyond.

  • Lower equipment cost
  • More streamlined operations
  • Improved collaboration
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Reduction in hosting

These are some of the benefits that you can avail by integrating cloud technology in the mobile app development process.

Cloud computing trends to watch out in app development space this year

  • Hybrid cloud solutions
  • Quantum computing



Wrapping Up

As already mentioned the mobile app development space is advancing more and more with time. New technologies are being introduced and unlocking more opportunities for app developers to come up with brilliant applications.

Besides the things mentioned above, you should keep in mind that Blockchain, another emerging technology is on its way to becoming mainstream. Also, this year we will see app security reaching new heights along with delivering next-level UX with predictive analytics.