In a business world that increasingly relies on all things mobile, it comes as no surprise the market for enterprise mobile app development continues to expand. Leveraging mobile software allows employees to access company technical resources and data in a seamless and secure fashion. It’s an approach that lets enterprises boost their operational efficiency, especially in an era where remote working remains commonplace.
Needless to say, the mobile app development community currently thrives, with interesting new projects and opportunities. However, this scenario creates strong competition between enterprises looking for opportunities to craft a compelling app experience for iOS, iPadOS, and the Android platform. It ultimately requires these companies to keep their fingers on the pulse of a constantly evolving technology scene.
So let’s take a look at some of the future trends expected to shape the practice of mobile app development. Leverage these insights to ensure your team always resides on the leading edge of this emerging software engineering niche. In the end, it provides helpful food for thought on futureproofing your enterprise’s mobile app development practice.
Data Reveals The Massive Growth of the Mobile App Market
More users continue to download and use a variety of mobile apps on both iOS and Android. According to Statista, the 7.1 billion mobile users reported in 2021 is expected to grow to nearly 7.5 billion by 2025. The projected amount of global consumer spend on mobile apps is also slated to top $150 billion by the end of this year. Needless to say, lucrative opportunities abound for talented mobile app developers.
The Promise of 5G Networking Increases the Possibilities For Mobile Apps
As 5G networks continue to expand across the globe, expect mobile apps leveraging this emerging networking standard to become more responsive as a result. Of course, the faster speeds of 5G typically garner most of the buzz, but its lower latency is arguably the biggest gamechanger of this tech innovation. Everything from self-driving automobiles to mobile videogames benefits from low latency, so consider 5G when determining the possibilities for future mobile apps leveraging wireless networks. Consuming more data in a more responsive fashion only resides at the heart of these new capabilities.
The IoT Finds a Home in The Manufacturing World
Somewhat related to the previous trend, the Internet of Things (IoT) also greatly benefits from the lower latency of 5G networking. In short, controlling remote IP-connected devices from a smartphone or other mobile device now becomes a more responsive process. While the concept of the smart home never really made a massive impact, 5G offers the potential for increased adoption in this area.
However, the manufacturing world and the industrial IoT (IIoT) already sees wide use of this technology. Mobile app developers now enjoy a vast arena of potential applications for mobile software in the IoT sector. The healthcare, automotive, and gaming sectors also provide a host of intriguing use-cases. 5G and the IoT simply make these apps’ use-cases more functional and compelling.
AR/VR Opportunities Abound in The Metaverse
The still proverbial metaverse shows significant potential as a reservoir of opportunities for enterprises using AR and VR technology. Naturally, the gaming and entertainment worlds offer much promise for new mobile metaverse apps leveraging AR/VR tech. However, other meaningful applications remain possible in healthcare, engineering, in addition to training and education.
Increased Use of Progressive Apps
Users access progressive apps (also known as instant apps) from within their web browser. Once deployed, they typically operate as a normal mobile app. This use-case allows development shops to provide users with an app experience without forcing them to download and install a separate package. While still emerging, this app delivery mechanism remains worthy of interest for companies looking for an option for cross-platform app development or to get around the policies of Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
The Wearables Market Continues to Expand
The market for smartwatches and other wearable devices continues to slowly expand. The demand for apps tracking exercise data or providing health telemetry information largely drives this growth. Of course, the expansion of 5G networking availability also contributes to the responsiveness of these types of mobile apps, as highlighted earlier.
Needless to say, intriguing opportunities exist for enterprises, especially when partnering with wearable device manufacturers looking to craft a mobile app for their device. Additionally, many of these wearable makers provide APIs to make building an app for their device an easier process. Keep this in mind when brainstorming ideas for future mobile app projects.
If your company needs help crafting a compelling mobile app, or just some insights on this ever-changing market, reach out to the experts at NineTwoThree. We uniquely combine state of the art technical chops with a keen sense of the business world. Our team also includes experts in enterprise mobile app development for both the iOS and Android platforms. Connect with us to discuss your needs and how we can help.