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Mobile App Development Trends for 2020

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Let’s face it, we all love our smartphones.

On average, we spend a whopping 3 hours and 40 minutes per day on our phones. This figure is only set to increase over the coming years as the sophistication of these devices and the things they can do increases.  

Flurry Analytics recently reported that 90 percent of the time that a person spends on their smartphone is on apps. 

Whether it is organizing our social lives, watching movies, playing games, or doing chores like online banking, we are all increasingly relying on our phones.

Given this, 2020 is going to be a very good year for apps. Despite the challenges when developing an app, they are becoming increasingly sophisticated and user-friendly.

Since you are here, then you are interested in what the future holds for mobile app development. Here are our top 5 latest trends in mobile app development for the coming year.

Increased emphasis on mobile page load times

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Better page loads will change the way web apps are delivered to mobiles. Google‘s open-source initiative ’The AMP project‘ * will help publishers create mobile-optimized content in a quick and easy way.  Google also proposes having a different search index for the mobile web. We predict this will bring significant changes in the mobile app development methodology, especially in stages involving SEO and web app perspective!

Does not include the time we are on phone calls!

App Streaming will start taking over

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Downloading an app from a store can be a pain sometimes, like say when you do not have any storage space on your phone or have forgotten your app store credentials. Enter mobile app streaming, where apps are streamed to your device from the cloud! This does away with download times and cumbersome searches on app stores. Companies like Google and Apple are already spending time and money on this. Google‘s ’Android Instant Apps‘* initiative will help deliver native apps to mobile without any installation required.

Composing an app Vs building an app

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Enterprise will now look forward to composing mobile apps by mixing and matching of reusable APIs rather than hand-coding of mobile apps. Forrester‘s Analysts report “Application infrastructure powers this change. Instead of building objects that interact with each other, developers will use Lambda architectures to code reactions to environmental changes.”

This trend will see companies come up with feature updates and new apps in no time.

Serverless mobile apps will make it easy for developers to launch faster

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Cloud service providers like AWS are already in onto this. AWS, late last year announced serverless enhancements to its mobile hub.

This does away with traditional server management and provisioning. It also helps developers create and test mobile app backend such as user authentication, data storage, business logic, push notifications, content delivery and analytics without any overheads of configuration.

Beacon and location-based services to continue its rise

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WiFi usage is increasingly moving to public places away from more traditional hotels and retail stores. Integrated location-based services like Apple‘s iBeacons and Google beacons will see more users. Apps that use location beacons can help businesses push personalized offers to shoppers/customers. The usage of applications with wi-fi, location and beacon support will increase this year

Conclusion

Do you want to keep up with these mobile app development trends for your business? If so, do you have teams that can help you implement this? Drop a note to us on [email protected] and we can schedule a strategy call and help you hire top mobile app developers and manage them effortlessly!