A look at what’s to come - Mobile App Development Trends for 2022
Written by Andrea Jonker
There’s no denying mobile apps have taken the world by storm. And this is just the start. According to a report from Statista, global revenue from mobile apps is expected to reach $613 billion by 2025, up from $318 billion in 2020. The mobile app industry is rapidly changing, with new features, technology, trends, and now, the Metaverse. With this expansion and change comes many opportunities for mobile software developers and engineers to push their apps to the next level and deliver world-class experiences for their users.
As the new year has started, what can we expect from mobile app development in the next few months? Let’s take a look at five key mobile app development trends for 2022 and beyond.
1. Chatbots and Conversational Interfaces
A chatbot is a computer program that simulates and processes human conversation (either written or spoken), allowing users to interact with digital devices as if they were communicating with a real person. While chatbots and mobile chatbots have been around a while, they are certainly becoming more advanced and user-friendly every day. You’ve probably interacted with a chatbot whether you know it or not. When used and built correctly, chatbots can be a powerful tool that can lead to more business conversions and leads.
With chatbots becoming increasingly more intelligent because of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology integration, the convenience, operational benefits, and cost-saving aspects of chatbots can’t be ignored. In 2022, we’ll certainly see a rise in business apps using mobile app chatbots to really drive conversations and conversions.
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
On the subject of Artificial Intelligence, 2022 will be the year we see the impact of AI far surpass just chatbots and virtual assistants. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence.
While AI has been incorporated into mobile apps for quite some time, such as Siri, Alexa and other smart assistants, this year AI and Machine Learning will play a more vital role in making highly personalised recommendations based on the user. AI and Machine Learning technology will also play a significant role in business process automation through enterprise and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. This will deliver a more customer-centric user experience and can also enhance security by analysing user behaviours and detecting fraud, suspicious activities, and potential information breaches.
3. On-Demand Apps
On-demand apps have experienced a boom for several consecutive years now. Just try to remember what the world was like before Uber… On-demand apps have brought mobile apps to everyday business needs and customer requirements. These apps will play a significant role and have a bigger impact this year and in the coming years.
Businesses can leverage this by addressing consumers’ day-to-day requirements. While it may feel like there is already an app for everything from healthcare to food, housekeeping, gardening, and massages, there is still a gap in the market for innovative on-demand apps based on the ever-changing modern lifestyle requirements.
5G certainly has been a buzzword for the last year, and while not mainstream yet, the adoption of 5G is rising and is on track to become the new standard for mobile technology. In simple terms, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular networks. Up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is creating never-seen-before opportunities for people and businesses. According to Statista, the global 5G technology market is forecast to hit more than $620 billion by 2030.
5G networks and services will be deployed in stages over the next few years to accommodate the increasing reliance on mobile and internet-enabled devices. 5G is expected to generate a variety of new applications, both mobile and app, and business cases as the technology is rolled out. With many user-friendly benefits like faster performance speed, better data transfer, and lower latency, the time for your mobile app to support 5G connections is this year.
More than 1 billion wearable devices are projected to be connected in 2022 according to Statista, with the most 5G connections made using wearables. Wearable technology, also known as “wearables,” are products controlled by electronic components and software that can be incorporated into clothing or worn on the body like accessories. Think everything from Smart Glasses to Smart Watches, Smart Shirts, Smart Belts, and even Smart Socks.
Wearables are another way to bring convenience and conversation to your users and consumers. This functionality and instant connection opens many doors and opportunities in the mobile app development space for the next few months and years to come.
We all know mobile app development is rapidly changing. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the trend for consumers to move more of their lives online, and 2022 will be no different.
In today’s digital world, mobile apps have to stay competitive through innovation and the best user experience. Now is the time to embrace these trends and stay ahead of the curve of innovation for success in the new year and beyond.
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