According to Media Post, “Both Goldman and UBS suggested that Apple would likely sell fewer iPhones than previously expected.” Also, a new note by Guggenheim analyst Robert Cihra forecasts that iPhone sales are set to decline by 5% from its fiscal year 2018 to the fiscal year 2019.
The decline in iPhone sales will persuade many businesses and app developers to target the world’s most popular mobile operating system – Android. Google has already released Android Studio 3.3 with several new features and enhancements to refine and polish the user-facing features of Android apps.
But the trends in mobile app development keep changing at a rapid pace. No developer can increase app downloads and generate revenue without adopting the emerging mobile app development trends early. The developers need to adopt some of the top mobile app development trends for 2019 while building new mobile apps and updating existing mobile apps.
1. Native Mobile Apps
Many enterprises opt for hybrid app development to reduce both mobile app development time and cost. Sophisticated frameworks like Xamarin, React Native and Flutter even make the hybrid apps deliver a native app-like experience on iOS and Android platforms. But Google and Apple have been upgrading their mobile operating systems frequently by adding a myriad of native-only features.
The hybrid mobile apps often fail to leverage the native-only features of the targeted mobile platform. Also, the developers find it challenging to customize the hybrid app to deliver a native experience on each targeted mobile platform. Hence, enterprises will require developers to write native mobile apps delivering optimal user experience.
2. Augmented Reality Technologies
Many developers leverage augmented reality (AR) to create next-generation mobile apps by embedding interactive digital elements into the real-world environment. Google makes it easier for Android app developers to leverage AR by providing ARCore. Likewise, Apple has provided iOS app developers with ARKit to build an unparallel augmented reality experience. Both Apple and Google have been updating their frameworks for augmented reality continuously.
But the adoption rate of these AR-based consumer mobile apps is still low. Many device manufacturers have revealed their plans to launch AR-oriented mobile devices in 2019. Hence, users will soon have the option to choose from a wide variety of AR-oriented mobile devices. The new devices will make developers build innovative apps by leveraging AR technologies and frameworks.
3. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies on mobile apps can be assessed based on the growing adoption rate of Siri and Google Now. Many mobile apps even AI technologies to personalize user experience and deliver more relevant content. In 2019, more and more mobile apps will feature chatbots and virtual assistants. The developers will embed chatbots in enterprise mobile apps to enable customer self-service, automate customer support delivery, and extend customer relationship management.
4. Payment Method Integration
A number of studies suggest a steady increase in the adoption rate of digital wallets and digital currencies. Many users these days prefer mobile wallets to debit and credit cards to make payment in a fast, secure, and convenient way. But many customers still use their debit and credit cards on a daily basis. No enterprise can boost mobile commerce sales in 2019 without allowing users to choose from multiple payment options. The developers need to integrate both payment gateways and mobile wallets into the same mobile app. They even need to allow users to choose from several widely used mobile wallets.
5. Cloud Integration
Many enterprises nowadays build, test, and deploy mobile apps in the cloud to eliminate the need to create and manage onsite IT infrastructure. The developers accelerate mobile app development by availing a variety of cloud-based services and tools. In 2019, more and more businesses will leverage cloud computing to accelerate mobile app development and improve user experience. They will leverage cloud-based services to make the apps load faster, reduce storage space requirements, and resolve security issues. The developers need to build mobile apps that run directly in the cloud.
6. Enterprise Mobile Management
Many businesses these days allow employees to access corporate data and conduct business transactions on their personal mobile devices. Also, many enterprises build custom mobile apps to automate and expedite various business operations. In 2019, the enterprise will focus extensively on important dimensions of enterprise mobile management – application management, financial management and information security. They will need customized mobile apps to synchronize and share a variety of files seamlessly. While building enterprise apps, the developers have to explore ways to simplify mobile management, enhance security, and enhance support service availability.
The developers must adopt several mobile app development trends to improve user experience and prevent user abandonment in 2019. But no developer can build outstanding consumer and enterprise mobile apps without adopting the emerging trends early. Hence, it becomes essential for developers to monitor both existing and emerging mobile app development trends throughout 2019.