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Mobile App Development Trends for 2021


By NIIT Editorial

Published on 16/01/2021

5 minutes

The world of mobile phones is pushing the boundaries of innovations and surpassing itself each time. With a variety of technology permeating the industry, this field is far from being saturated. As we enter a new decade, here is a look at the mobile app development trends in 2021. 

5G Network

The much anticipated 5th generation cellular network will soon enter the market. Hence, mobile phone applications will need to be developed in a way to match the requirements of 5G networks. This will ensure that you can make the best use of technology. You can expect an influx of mobile apps leveraging this technology in 2021.

Digital Wallet

Digital platforms for payment have penetrated the market, be it for e-commerce or offline transactions. Digital wallets enable users to make payments with their mobile phones. Google Pay, Paytm, PayPal, PhonePe, Airtel Wallet, Amazon Wallet are some of the popularly used platforms for online payments. These apps facilitate smooth and quick payments from the comforts of your home with no hassle. You can easily transfer money to bank accounts and digital wallets anytime from anywhere. Recent developments in digital wallets and the introduction of new online payment platforms will be a mobile app development trend to be on the lookout for in 2021.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT integrates the data collected from different sensors to provide a seamless experience for its users. With the rapid growth of IoT, one of the most prominent mobile app trends in 2021 is going to be applications that use IoT to simplify and automate everyday tasks from controlling electronics, to fitness and shopping. Security and upgraded privacy settings on mobile apps for IoT are expected to be emerging trends in 2021. 

Location-Based Apps

Several apps offer location-based services. The user’s location data is meant not only for their service but also for collecting demographic information. A mobile app trend that will continue and grow further is location tracking by apps. The collected data will be used by companies to target more consumers and boost marketing campaigns and sales. Location tracking can also be used for targeted promotional ads. This is going to be a mobile app development trend in the coming year.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Voice recognition, face and behavioural pattern identification, behaviour prediction, and recognition of scanned objects are some features AI offers in mobile apps. Nowadays, apps have the feature of AI-driven Chatbots to assist the users. These chatbots offer superior customer service, cut downtime, and also reduce human resource requirements. The future of mobile app development will witness more advancements in AI-enabled app features. 

Augmented Reality (AR)

AR has revolutionised online gaming and shopping experiences. The interaction with virtual objects in a digital world has redefined the contours of reality. The use of AR extends to major industries such as healthcare, security, automotive, fashion, marketing, etc. This is poised to be a critical technology in the future for several industries. A likely mobile app industry trend is the integration of AR in mobile apps for a better experience. Mobile phones will be designed with modifications to the camera and the display to support AR.

This is the projected future of mobile app development. The technology will only grow more sophisticated to offer a better user experience in the coming years.

With a view to better prepare you for this advancement in technology, NIIT plans to roll out a comprehensive mobile app development course that will train you on all these trends and more. Taught by industry veterans, it will ensure that you are well-prepared and abreast with the latest in mobile app development. Keep watching this space for more.



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