There is no denying that mobile applications have changed our lives for the better. Everything is now more streamlined and we can access a bevy of different services just by using our smartphones. Due to this fact, smartphone users have skyrocketed since 2012. Every year, there is a huge increase in the smartphone population, prompting mobile app developers to make sure that their application is going to be used by the masses. Today, I am going to talk about some of the best mobile app development trends in 2019.
Progressive Web Apps
You might not have heard of this before, but you might actually be using it without your knowledge. Progressive Web Apps are basically applications that you can use from within a browser installed on your phone. The only difference between PWA and a normal app is that the former no longer needs to be installed on your device.
All you really need to do is access the application from within the browser by typing the appropriate URL and it will automatically do its thing by providing you with the features that you want. You will need to use the internet to access the platform once, but when you put a shortcut on your phone’s homepage, it can be accessed from there (even without an active internet connection).
There are two reasons why people are now reluctant to bring with them their wallets. First, they do not want that people can just steal it and two, there are more convenient ways to pay for stuff nowadays. That is why mobile wallets are only going to be more popular in the coming years. These are applications that would allow the user to pay for the items that they’ve purchased using a smartphone. Some examples of this are Alipay and Google Pay, among many others.
You might have heard of Blockchain technology before. It is well-known for its use in cryptocurrencies, but its functionality goes far beyond that. When used in developing mobile applications, the developer will be able to create a decentralized application that is neither owned by anyone and does not have any downtime, among many other advantages. Of course, that would have to be implemented by app developers, but we can expect it in even more prominent apps in the foreseeable future.
On-demand applications are going to be popular in the near future. Its rise is actually inevitable considering that we are moving forward with the premise of having convenience across the board. According to a recent report, about 42% of the smartphone population makes use of some kind of on-demand app. Some popular examples of this include Grab and Uber, but there are going to be more in the future.
There is no doubt that wearable devices are going to be a thing moving forward. Just like our skepticism of smartphones before, we can expect that device wearables may outperform their smartphone counterparts. As of now, we are still going to use a smartphone to further the uses of a wearable gadget, but we might live in a world where wearables can trump a smartphone in terms of usage (who knows).