‘Convenience’ is probably the best word to describe mobile apps as a whole. Whether it’s ordering food or calling for taxis, There’s even an app for buying online lottery tickets; what else is there that mobile applications cannot do now? Well, you’re just about to find out right here in this article as we take a peek at the upcoming trends that will define the future of mobile app development. 

Let’s see how much further mobile applications can take users when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain technology, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) among other aspects. 

Trends That Will Shape the Future of Mobile Apps

  • 5G Technology

Most mobile phone users have been going bananas for the fifth generation of wireless internet access, which offers speeds of up to 100 Gbps. If these claims are guaranteed on launch, that would make 5G about 10, maybe even a 100 times faster than the standard LTE connection for mobile data transfer. 

To put this speed into perspective, users can download an album consisting of 10 songs in mere seconds. Not only that, but 5G speeds bring less latency especially when it comes to playing competitive online games from graphically demanding games like Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, Baldur’s Gate 3 and more. 

Besides that, mobile app developers will utilize 5G to design and create apps faster with real-time data transfer. 

  • Voice Technology

Voice recognition has advanced so far that not only are we able to control devices with our voices, but we can also utilize this feature to conduct online searches as well, even without touching our phones. Still, there are certain capabilities that are still out of reach, including having full-fledged conversations with our voice assistants. 

Despite this, mobile phone users can still use voice-control to have their devices perform certain tasks. It might not be perfect, but it is improving as we speak. And given the work being done on this technology, it’s not inconceivable to assume that voice recognition technology will play a big role in the future. As a matter of fact, spending for voice technology will reach up to $27.16 billion in 2026.

It’s only a matter of time before smartphone users start going at their devices completely hands-free. 

  • Biometric Technology

We’re sure you’re not the only one who have trouble remembering your elaborately long and hard-to-crack passwords and trying to get newer and even harder-to-crack passwords for your personal and banking accounts. That’s why lots of companies from around the globe have started to employ the use of biometrics like fingerprints and eyes to give users a faster and more secure way to have access to their digital wallets and banking accounts. 

Apps like PayPal and Apple Pay, for example, implement facial recognition to give users that added layer of security for accessing their personal. Companies, especially those that work in finance or healthcare, can earn the loyalty and respect of their customers by adding biometric verification. 

  • IoT or the ‘Internet of Things’

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a world where almost every object in your surroundings is powered by the internet? Many at home seem to have already an idea of what this is like in the form of smart home technology, where everything from lights to fans to air-conditioners and heaters is at your whim from simply the touch of your smartphone’s screen. 

However, several industrial sectors are also taking advantage of this. Healthcare apps powered by IoT, for instance, offer remote monitoring of patients, better management of medical devices and personal health insights. Financial apps that utilize IoT can detect fraud, secure your transactions and provide customized financial services. 

IoT-enabled agricultural apps ensure automated irrigation systems keep better track of livestock and crops as well. 

  • Super Apps

Wouldn’t you love an app even more if it could do two or more things that you’d normally expect to do with ten other apps from just one place? That is exactly what you can expect from a mobile or web app known as a super app. 

The very first app to use this term was WeChat, when it provided users with not just instant messaging, but also the feature of a digital wallet. In fact, it is known for offering users messaging, transactions, e-commerce, and more. If we take the example of healthcare, we will come across many apps that can address several features like healthy eating, exercise, number of steps and so on. 

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

Creating immersive experiences is exactly what gives virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) their global recognition. Apps that use AR technology allow users to help with their home’s interior designing, trying out new outfits or news without leaving the comfort of their homes to travel to stores or malls. 

Apps that use VR technology give users a virtual tour of offices, museums or other buildings as well as immersive gaming experiences. 

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