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Top 7 Mobile App Trends in 2021

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The new generation spends a considerable chunk of their time on mobile devices, and the whole lockdown situation throughout the globe has made us dependent on mobile applications. Human beings have short attention spans and crave something new every time, precisely why continuous innovations and trends are highly significant.

And honestly, the mobile app industry has never failed in this regard. They have made the tech world thrilling and exciting by continuously coming up with new app ideas and concepts. 

Keeping up with the new developments and trends is, without a doubt, the most critical part of success. So let’s explore the top 10 mobile app trends that are likely to dominate 2021.

1. Internet of Things

IoT is a technology trend that has been talked about for quite some time and has the power to transform our lives. It is a network of physical devices that allows users to perform valuable household, financial, trading, and other operations with less work on their part.

We all want smart assistants who can do small tasks for us, but we need both IoT-enabled devices, data, sensors, and secure networking links to make that a reality. 

A great example of IoT is using a smartphone to link to a house’s heating system. Mobile applications have been developed that can control the heating system and change the settings as needed.

IoT methods are expected to be used in various industries in 2021. Healthcare, banking, manufacturing, agriculture, and retail are sectors where IoT will boom.

2. 5G Technology

5G is a game-changing technology that can deliver standard speeds of 1—50 Gbit/s, making it the easiest way to transmit data wirelessly.

Speed and performance are essential in this fast-paced world, and 5G is expected to shape mobile apps’ upcoming trends. With a 10x reduction in latency and being up to 100x better than 4G, 5G can literally change mobile apps development dynamics.

With the increased speed, developers will be capable of introducing new functionality and features without worrying about output and performance. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and HD resolution video streaming will be easily incorporated into every mobile tech sector. And that’s just the start. We will see 360-degree video recording, virtual reality mapping systems, and 3D industrial modeling on mobile devices with the help of 5G.

3. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

According to PWC, companies in the U.S are accelerating towards AI technology. The widespread adoption of Artificial intelligence in most market segments, especially on regular mobile devices, has opened a new era.

Compared to previous models, applications like Google Assistant, Siri, and Replica have become incredibly powerful and reliable. They learn from you and use the Internet of Things to complete different activities, thus enhancing our quality of life.

What’s interesting is that Artificial intelligence is becoming a significant part of mobile app marketing. Marketers use AI-powered Machine Learning (ML) to research users’ behavior and optimize products accordingly. You can save money and time, which is wasted on inaccurate polls and direct customer feedback. The advantages clearly suggest that ML-based mobile apps are likely to increase in 2021.

4. Mobile Commerce

The past few years have clearly shown that mobile e-commerce applications have a higher conversion rate than mobile pages. 53% of mobile users purchase using apps of manufacturers or companies. Why is that so? People get used to mobile commerce apps and find them easier to use than most mobile sites.

Every day, a growing number of companies release an app in order to increase sales. Companies like Amazon work with any client and company that sells online. And to stay in business with these giant companies, we’re reaching the stage where you’ll need a mobile commerce app to remain successful.

Ease, high speed, filters, incentives to use an app, customized content are all reasons one would prefer a mobile e-commerce app. So keep this in mind when you build your own app.

5. Applications for Wearable Devices  

Wearable devices connect with the user’s primary mobile and receive messages and other mobile internet connection updates. They are rarely directly linked to the Internet.

Wearable devices started trending since Apple introduced its first 

Smartwatch and are likely to trend in 2021. Since these devices are highly dependent on wearable apps, the wearable software market is expected to rise exponentially.

Features like collecting user’s health data, accessibility to social media, virtual reality games, and even reducing the communication gap have made wearable devices the hottest trend in 2021.

According to an analysis of existing smartphone app trends, the most profitable wearable apps in 2021 will be in the wellness, healthcare, and automotive category.

6. Chatbots

Chatbots have progressed and grown even more sophisticated over time. Chatbots on websites have grown in popularity due to user demand. They are quickly becoming the latest industry-standard in terms of customer service. 

However, only a limited number of the millions of applications available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store use chatbots. 

With their mobile devices, the next generation of users want to save as much time as possible. Instead of spending their time in offline interactions, users choose to study, order, visit, and receive information online. With the availability of chatbots, this information can be provided instantaneously while also cutting a support team’s cost, precisely why websites and applications are starting to integrate chatbots to improve user experience.

7. Mobile Wallet App Development

Paying with a mobile will be the latest thing in 2021. Online transactions, online orders, online purchases, and online cash are popular applications for mobile wallets. With the ease and convenience mobile wallet apps offer, speculation is that paper money will be wiped out earlier than expected. 

Online shopping has peaked due to the pandemic, and applications like Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay have gained popularity and importance. Almost all transactions and orders can be done with these mobile wallets. Even Amazon and other e-commerce websites have upgraded wallets that contain money from sellers due to incorrect or faulty merchandise.

In a few years, virtual money is expected to be the main currency, and 2021 is expected to be the year where mobile wallet applications will be trending.

Final Thoughts

The industry of mobile app growth is constantly evolving. To maintain a competitive advantage, mobile app development companies should remain up to date with the latest trends. Making the most of the above developments can drive your company to new heights.

About the author


Amos Struck

Amos Struck is a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. He focuses on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors, and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. He is a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. Amos is passionate about technology, marketing, and visual imagery. He also holds a keen interest in WordPress related news and articles. He is a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. Amos is passionate about technology, marketing, and visual imagery. He also holds a keen interest in WordPress related news and articles.