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Mobile is becoming an essential channel for interacting with consumers and businesses in all sectors are taking advantage of this by making this channel the center of their investments.
258 billion: the number of mobile applications expected to be downloaded annually by 2022 (compared with 178.1 billion in 2017).
In just a decade, mobile applications have become an essential part of everyday life. There's one for everything! Mobile application developers are overflowing with creativity and are constantly coming up with new and more innovative solutions.
In fact, many mobile interfaces now offer a more ergonomic experience than their desktop versions. The mobile that meets modern UX/UI standards becomes more intuitive, more powerful, and more engaging.
Mobile App Technologies
App development technologies can be classified into 5 major categories:
1. Native Apps
This is the historical technology of mobile applications that are pushed by Apple and Google. The native apps are the most powerful because they were thought and created to perfectly meet the needs of devices (normal since it is created and pushed by manufacturers). For some applications, it is necessary to use these technologies that allow to create complex and platform-related features.
Native technologies include Swift for Apple's Ios, Kotlin for google's Android.
2 Hybrid Web Apps
Introduced in 2009, hybrid web languages, allow to create mobile applications using integrated web views, while benefiting from bridges with some native features of the platforms: access to contacts or calendar, push notification, ... The interest of these technologies is to partially mutualize the code between three platforms: iPhone, Android and the website. Before choosing this technology, it is important to check the feasibility of the functionalities you wish to integrate and the durability of the desired application.
Hybrid technologies Ionic, Webviews
3. Hybrid Native Apps
Launched in 2013, native hybrid languages promise mobile applications that are closer to native capabilities, with interface possibilities very close to native technologies. The interest of these technologies is that they directly use some of the native components. Thus, performance is better than for web hybrids.
Technologies include: React Native, Xamarin, Flutter.
4. Progressive Web Apps
2021 Mobile App Trends
The five main 2021 trends in application development are:
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Integrating artificial intelligence into mobile applications has made our mobile world even more popular.
Today, AI and ML dominate mobile application development trends and make life easier for users. Companies can automate a variety of complex business operations and increase productivity. They quickly learn to identify user preferences, provide specific user suggestions, and simplify online activities.
We are building an impressive economy out of the smartphone economy. According to IDC reports, global spending on artificial intelligence by major technology companies will reach nearly $98 billion by 2023.
2. Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most advanced technology that is taking over the world of technology. This technology has created a convenient environment for users to connect to a number of IoT-enabled gadgets in real-time.
Home automation (domotic) is an example of IoT-enabled real-time gadgets. Smartphone users can easily control the many electronic devices in the home. In the coming years, the Internet of Things will be the preferred choice of mobile application developers.
3. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).
AMP, which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an online publishing format created by Google to accelerate the display of pages on mobile devices. Improving the user experience on Google is the ultimate goal of this project, which began in 2016 and today enriches the results pages more than the traditional format does. It allows for a lighter mobile page design, resulting in faster load times. This is a trend among mobile app developers as they create complex websites with a design that is suitable for all mobile devices.
This leads to a better mobile user experience and overall performance. Google has created a mobile search index where AMP websites are most searched.
4. Cloud-based Android applications.
Recently, smartphone users have been making requests and demands regarding mobile cloud-based applications. As a result, all mobile application plans have become fragmented, complex, and highly strength-oriented. Mobile applications currently require more space in the cell phone, and without the cloud, the mobile application workspace has partially withered. The best mobile application engineers are looking for cloud-based applications that facilitate the stacking of important information. The advantageous position of a cloud-based application is its inherent ability to be accessible from anywhere at any time.
5. 5G technology
The introduction of 5G technology is having a major impact on mobile application development trends. This technology will change the way developers, resellers, and creators use and create applications.
In 2020, the number of 5G connections will be about 15 times higher than in 2019, and by 2021, these connections will have nearly quadrupled.
As a result, the world will move at high speed. This is, of course, a joke. Speed and efficiency are the two most important factors that prove the capabilities of 5G technology.
In addition, 5G technology in cell phones is expected to increase latency tenfold, while improving overall network performance and traffic capacity. Depending on the various mobile network operators around the world, 5G will be up to 100 times faster and more powerful than 4G.
Ultimately, 5G technology in cell phones will increase the functionality of mobile applications. As a result, developers will have to integrate more functionality without a significant impact on the quality and performance of the application.
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