The year 2020 was a wonderful year for the entire world, which has paved way for the use of more internet based product, here is the list of 5 mobile app development trends that will be prominent in 2021.
LIST IS AS FOLLOWS:
1) SUBSCRIPTION-BASED SERVICES
Subscription-based business models have been with us for years now: Spotify, Netflix, Google Workspace, we all know about them and there’s no surprise they’re prospering. What I think will happen now, and it’s already started happening in late 2019-2020, is more and more companies will jump on this trend and pro
vide access to their product via subscription-based model, potentially in the sectors we don’t expect.
For instance, the gaming industry is currently putting tons of effort into making gaming a cloud industry, essentially breaking the current need of keeping updating your PC hardware or buying new consoles to play more and more sophisticated titles. Google is pushing their Stadia, NVIDIA has its GeForce Now, Microsoft’s making advances with their XBOX Cloud Streaming services. And it’s obviously being pushed into the mobile world.
Of course, we’re not yet at the stage when the connection between our devices and the cloud-based servers is perfect, but the 5G adoption should help with this issue.
And it’s not like it’s happening only with the desktop or console-based gaming industry. Apple launched their Apple Arcade last year, this year, Google rolled out Google Play Pass and I’m expecting Chinese companies to start catching up soon. Tencent definitely has the powerhouse to support such an endeavour.
2) 5G TECHNOLOGY
5G. It’s been coming for a while, but I think it’s just around the corner now. Apple is not a company that jumps on the bandwagon or new and shiny technologies and their adoption of 5G in the newest line-up of iPhones should be a good sign that we’re getting ready to start transferring into the 5G era.
Some speculate that 5G is going to herald the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will change the app development in a way never seen before. Is it true, though? Well, companies, like Nokia for example, definitely believe so.
What’s important to know about 5G is that it’s fast. And when I say fast, I mean FAST. The 4G gives us a real maximum of 100 Mbps transfer speed, 5G should boost that tenfold. Even though theoretically it can go much faster, the reality shows an average of 1 Gbps of data transfer and an observed latency of 1 millisecond or less, which is just 300 times faster than what our eyes are capable of registering, not that big of a deal, huh?
The combination of both high speed and low latency will be rebooting the game for already mentioned streaming services, since streaming 4K content shouldn’t be an issue any more, IoT is going to be extremely happy too, and then we have wireless health technologies, connected driverless vehicles and many many more.
Too many, blockchain still means Bitcoin, which, as we know, is far from being the truth. The knowledge about the distributed ledger technology is spreading, though, so that’s a good sign. And even though the trend is ongoing, my quite an intensive research (previously I worked in a blockchain company) shows that it’s far from being at its peak.
The technology is being implemented across, I’d risk saying, every possible industry: from healthcare to logistics, to travel, to government, to banking — everywhere where data immutability can bring vast benefits in a form of reduced costs, enhanced transparency, more efficient and secure transactions as well as an increased public trust in combination with fraud prevention especially in the GovTech sector.
What I think we’re going to see in the 2021 is a definite increase in blockchain-powered applications, as not only startups, but also the enterprise world complete their ongoing pilots or more advanced projects.
Just to give you a couple of examples:
In March 2020, Alibaba announced it will be enhancing its cross-border e-commerce unit Kaola (purchased in 2019) with Ant Financial’s blockchain technology in order to boost product traceability, record logistics details, custom clearances and product registration.
Dubai, for instance, was aiming to become the first blockchain-powered city in the world by 2020, but I guess due to the current complications that’ll have to be postponed. One of the objectives they’re working on is to make the Government of Dubai completely paper-free, eliminating more than 1 billion pieces of paper.
Apple Watch. Probably the first thing that comes to our minds when someone mentions wearables and not without a reason. Apple keeps dominating the smartwatch market. For now.
Well, not that Apple is too worried about the fact they lost about 10% in sales in 2020 in comparison to 2019, as the companies like Huawei, Samsung and Garmin recorded their record sales in Q1 2020. The reason is quite simple, Apple Watch is an accessory for an Apple product. It’s quite natural that they’re not going to hold the crown forever as the Android market with cheaper and Android-dedicated products is catching up.
5) EVENT STREAMING
As I’ve mentioned above, the way our social interactions work had to change. It obviously has its pros and cons. Let’s focus on the pros, shall we?
The offline event industry got shattered by the pandemic. It did recover a bit during the summer to get smacked by the 2nd wave again. Now, we’re probably going to see it come to life by the next summer (let’s be optimistic here), as companies like Pfizer successfully produce COVID-19 vaccines, but I think it will never go back to a regular offline event pre-COVID formula. I think we’re going to enter a hybrid-events era.
Once, during the quarantine I took part in an online conference organized using Hopin (not an ad) — as they call themselves, an online venue for virtual events. It was… amazing! Hopin is not your typical webinar platform, it actually feels like a virtual venue. You can change stages and listen to different speakers, you can go and visit virtual booths, where each company has their own virtual room with a chat, you can just sit and chat with every participant in a global chat, you can see their business profiles and there’s a room for 1-on-1 networking sessions.