Future of Mobile App Development: 5 Trends to Follow in 2022
When we talk about mobile applications, a few apps have made a separate space in your mind. So now the question is, what is so unique about those apps?
The majority of the audiences will say convenient to connect, productive, easy to use, and blazing fast. Today in this article, we will tell you about the latest mobile app development trends in 2022.
Now you must be thinking we are already in a comfortable space and using technology at its best, then what next? To answer ‘NEXT,’ we will tell how mobile app development will advance with the next-gen technologies. So, therefore kindly read till the end to get the maximum knowledge from this guide.
Currently, the mobile app development industry is running at a break-neck pace. To survive in this competitive industry, you have to be extraordinary with the changing mobile app development trends. In short, the adoption rate needs to be high to compete with your competitors.
Today smartphones have become the necessity to live life; without this, you can’t take full advantage of surrounding technologies. As per the report, there will be around 6.648 billion smartphone users in 2022, which translates to an 83percent of the world’s population owning a smartphone. So that’s the massive number, right? Also, the mobile app market revenue is expected to surpass $693 billion in 2022 (Q4).
The numbers might sound fascinating, but the truth is most apps fail. Out of ten, eight apps fail. It is not as easy as it looks when it comes to technology; we generally discuss Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Metaverse, AR & VR, and many other technologies.
2022 could be the special year for mobile app development; many things will change and bring a revolutionary change in our lives.
We have used fact-based research to develop the five app development trends that will dominate 2022.
Here is the list.
- IoT App Integration
- 5G Technology
- Apps for Foldable Devices
- Wearable App Integration
- Super Apps
IoT App Integration
The IoT is far from a new concept. But the rise in mobile app diffusion across a broader range of industries has created new and endless opportunities for the Internet of Things (IoT). The truth is people now adopt the technology as soon as they grow up because it improves and eases the life of people.
The IoT describes the growing network of devices connected to the Internet, transferring and collecting data over a wireless network without any human interference. We are sure you must have heard about Smart home technology. All your Appliances, Lights, Alexa, Security Cameras, House gates (front & back), and many other things are connected with the wireless network.
In 2022, the global Internet of Things market is expected to reach around $264 billion. And approximately $190 billion will come from software, like mobile apps. According to a Statista report, the revenue from technology allied with the Internet of Things will jump to around 1.6 trillion by 2025.
In 2022 the market of IoT integration in automobiles, smart displays, healthcare, and household appliances is where we need to keep an eye on.
2022 is the important year when the Government of India will start bidding on the 5G spectrum. Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio in India are the two major and most prominent competitors. And from Q4 (2022) or Q1 of 2023, we can expect the Government to roll out 5G services.
This technology will change the way mobile apps are currently developed and used from app developers to users.
What does this mean for mobile app development?
Do you know 5G is 500x faster than the 4G network? 5G can deliver 10 gigabits per second, bringing the revolution in connectivity and speed. However, the speed of the network might differ from network to network.
The diffusion of 5G will ultimately boost the functionality of mobile apps and will make them superior in performance. This will allow developers to add new features to apps without compromising the app’s performance. And transferring data from one device from another will be accomplished in just a few seconds.
After the arrival of the 5G network, developers should also test the 5G network speed during the development and testing stages of developing an app.
Apps for Foldable Devices
Samsung and Oppo had already launched the Foldable devices. And we can expect the growth of foldable devices in the next three-five years. But the numbers will shock you; as per the report by Statista, 50+ million units will be shipped in 2022. By 2023 we can also expect the first foldable phone from Apple. Therefore this is the time when you need to plan and think that your apps should also run seamlessly on foldable devices. We know this could be challenging, but you have to walk with the technology, market, and demand or fall back.
Why should you adopt and start planning for foldable devices?
- People generally love a larger screen for a detailed and immersive experience. Just like the slider phone, the foldable phone is the next trend.
- With multi-windows, a user can perform multiple tasks at the same time.
Gaming apps and video streaming apps like Youtube can maximize the foldable phone’s benefits. Therefore, developing the apps keeping the screen in mind will be one of the biggest mobile app development trends in 2022.
Wearable App Integration
Wearable devices need no introduction; they are already ruling the market. People are now more into fitness and prefer to live a healthy life.
According to Statista, connected wearable devices reached approximately 453 million in 2017 and are expected to reach around 929 million by 2022. Of course, we are not saying this; the report says it all, and you can imagine the demand for smartwatches and bands.
Apple and Samsung are the major leaders in the wearable market. Last year the Cupertino giant introduced WatchOS 8. It brought many updated and new features. Samsung watches are based on Tizen software.
App developers and Mobile App Development Companies should get ready with wearable apps that provide an outstanding digital experience to users on Smartwatches. This will give an extra edge over competitors.
Gone are those days when app companies developed one app for one purpose. Now the Super Apps have replaced the traditional apps. For example, on Amazon App, you can shop, book travel tickets, and even sell your products. These multi-purpose apps are most popular in Asia, but Western countries are also adopting the formula. Overall the shift has been observed from single-purpose apps to multi-purpose apps.
Besides this, Facebook has extended its range; it’s not just a social media app anymore. Instead, it has become a marketplace for advertisers to promote their products and offer services to target audiences.
As we mentioned, Western countries are not yet that familiar with the super app, but the heat from Asian countries will surely kick the trend in those countries.
So, super apps are a mobile app development trend we should look forward to in 2022.
The Final Words
There is no doubt how mobile apps have eased our daily life. But developing a mobile app is not enough until you adopt the latest technology. So be prepared to tackle future challenges and always ready for a change.
Our team had researched on the ground level, and we only highlighted those trends that will surely create a buzz and are the future of mobile app development. If you’re not yet planning, then it’s time for you to think and build a core team that can work on some of these trends in 2022.
Suprotik Sinha is the Content Writer with Cmile. He writes about technologies and startups in the global enterprise space. An animal lover, Suprotik, is a postgraduate from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC) Pune. He carries 3+ years of experience in mainstream broadcast media where he worked as a Journalist with Ibn7 and Zee Media in Mumbai.