The huge transition from offline to online market and business is witnessing new normalcy in the business environment. Just how, walk-in customers were transmitted to virtual shoppers, everything about business is following trends. The revolutions in the smartphone industry, Covid pandemic, change in buyer behaviors, etc., have caused a huge change in approaches to the market. Today, nothing is impossible with a smartphone. From work to entertainment, shopping, and all that a modern man is seeking is encompassed in mobile phones. To meet these growing requirements, mobile applications do follow the trends. Trends of Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain, on-demand apps, chatbots, are getting accommodated with modern mobile applications.
Let’s see what are the mobile app development trends in the year 2022-
1. Mobile commerce
The trend of virtual business had gained more popularity and dominance during the pandemic era. From 2020, 2021, and now to 2022, the new customer behavior is taking a huge turn for mobile commerce. Mobile phones, being the hub of everything around lives, mobile commerce applications will be of huge in demand and top in trend.
2. Cloud-based apps
Efficient infrastructure and hybrid solutions are the major requirements of every company. Cloud computing integration isn’t a new concept but it hasn’t reached its full potential yet. Instead of storing information on the user’s smart device, the app can store data and perform complex functions. This saves space and is convenient. Not only does this save development time, but cloud-based solutions are also cost-effective. By the end of 2022, approximately 85% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based. Hence cloud-based app developments will remain the focus of 2022.
3. Mobile wallets
A mobile wallet is a virtual wallet that users can use to store payment card information for making payments in stores. During the COVID era, the acceptance of contactless payments via mobile wallets increased, and the trend is still growing and we are increasingly using such wallets like Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal, etc.
4. AR/VR trends
Modern online platforms are undergoing a transition to AR/VR. Virtual shopping, tours, etc., have taken their role at a greater pace. Companies like Sony, Facebook, Samsung, etc. introduced devices compatible with VR experiences already and changed the user experiences. As user interfaces improve user experiences, that could lead towards more engagement. Mobile app developers of 2022 will be counting and considering these growing trends and implementing the same with their mobile app developments.
5. Smart things
Smart devices have been penetrating across a broad range of categories and industries. IoT is a network of devices connected via the internet, providing automated control to the end-user. Smart home, office, warehouse technologies are an example of this. From automated gates to automated works of appliances and machinery, a software interface is required. Thus, in 2022, smart things are a trend.
Wearable technology will hit 2022 to a greater extend. We have been experiencing smartwatches, fitness bands, trackers, etc., and today every manufacturer offers an upgraded version of smartwatch and smart earbuds/AirPods in response to change in technology. The growth began in 2017 with 18.1% of the population using wearable technology will continue to grow in 2022. Thus more mobile apps, for these wearables will be in huge demand in the market.
7. Apps for foldable devices
Mobile phones have been revolutionizing the world over the past decades. Transitions from buttons to touch screen with a one-button or not button and many more. And, now we are witnessing foldable devices like Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and Motorola Razr. These phones had a great impact on the user experience as they can fold and unfold the device as per their requirements. In 2022, the mobile app development trend will be, introducing applications in a ‘foldable device responsive’ format. As these foldable smartphones compress and expand screen sizes based on user preference, mobile applications should do the same in response to change in screen size.
8. 5G technology
5G is the advanced new generation of communication network innovations that build more sophisticated AR and VR apps, stream 4K and 360 videos and open the door to more connected IoT devices. Compared to 4G technology, 5G is 100 times faster, and with the spread of 5G, the functionality of mobile apps will eventually improve and development trends will increase. For developers, resellers, and authors, this technology is transforming the way mobile apps are used.
9. Beacon technology
Beacon technology is widely used in industries like health care, e-commerce, museums, and hotels. This 9-year-old technology is now a trend in mobile app development. The installed Store Beacon connects to the user’s phone via Bluetooth to offer offers and promotions. Users receive all kinds of sales or product information in their area. Beacon technology trends include mobile payment beacons, AI-enabled chips, and the automated impact of AI and ML. Beacon will track users’ behavior in the store and know if they are spending a certain amount of time on a particular product category/service, enabling the provider to have a hold on them in the way they will turn into a customer.
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