Mobile App Development Trends That Will Soar High In 2021


Every year we see changes in the world of mobile app development. And the speed at which it is moving, it will continue to keep on breaking barriers in the next few years. Today, a mere online presence is not sufficient for your business to be successful. The ideas, designs, or strategies you had in 2019 might not really work in 2021. With soaring digital transformation, it’s a necessity that we also keep up with different trends that come up each year

In this article, we have highlighted 10 trends that will stand at the top in 2021 in the mobile app development industry. So read on!

10 Trends For App Development in 2021 

If you have been working in the app development industry for a long time, you must know how cutthroat the competition is. So to stay ahead of time, take a look at top trends that will make waves in 2021.

1. AR and VR

Today, who doesn’t enjoy a good AR or VR integration in the mobile apps? And ever since the development of ARCore and ARKit by tech giants like Apple and Google, the process of building AR apps has become much easier. As per Statista, the AR and  VR market is about to see a giant rise, from $27 billion dollars in 2018 to about $209 billion in 2022. So it is safe to say that we will continue to enjoy AR and VR in even better form in the coming years.

2. IoT

IoT, short for the Internet of Things, is a network of interconnected smart gadgets. In the last few years, we have seen big brands like Google and Amazon utilizing the full strength of this technology. However, this trend doesn’t seem to stop here. The IoT market saw an all-time high in 2020 and the demand for apps integrated with IoT is growing further. 

3. Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been part of the list of app development trends for many years in a row. And why not?  Popular mobile apps like Replika, Cortana, and Google Assistant have made our lives so easier over the years. With the advancement in technology, we are sure to get even better apps by combining ML with deep learning that will provide valuable data and real-time analytics. It can do wonders for app development projects in the future.

4. Apps for foldable devices

When in 2018, Google officially announced the foldable support on Android phones by using its ‘screen continuity’ API, that was the comeback of foldable devices. New and better. And now we have Samsung with its foldable OLED display. We can say that different operating systems are gearing up to make use of this technology to improve smartphone experiences for the users. App development for foldable devices is gaining popularity and soon the market will be flooded with such devices and apps.

5. Wearable apps

According to Statista, the number of connected wearable devices is expected to reach 929 million by 2021. This clearly indicates that wearable technology is progressively growing all around the globe. In fact,  Apple has already made an advancement in this matter by announcing its WatchOS update which indicates that Apple Watch apps will no longer require a companion iOS app and will have their own App Store. With its growing popularity, we can expect many more wearable devices to be a part of our lives.

6. M-Commerce

M-Commerce is thriving at an exceptional rate. And with the global pandemic takeover in 2020, online shopping is not just a hobby anymore, but it has become a necessity. Hence the increasing demand for online shopping has made this trend essential for online marketers. As the number of smartphone users is so high, an m-commerce app can easily influence a big audience.

7. Mobile Wallet

Although mobile wallets had gained popularity before, 2020 can be named the year that actually made people realize their worth. With the social distancing protocols, contactless payments gained weightage. Industry giants like Samsung, Apple, and Google are making use of mobile wallets to provide users with a secure and convenient experience for money transactions and bill payments. 

8. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Today, with our shortened attention spans, everyone wants an app that is user-friendly and fast. Hence, app developers are focusing on those features as visitors quickly leave the site that takes longer durations to load. Accelerated Mobile Pages and Progressive Web Apps are gaining popularity due to their faster loading speed. 

9. App Security

How important is app security? To answer that let us recall when 2018 Facebook was found to be involved with Cambridge Analytica in users’ data breach. Even the highest-grossing social media app saw an 8.5% fall in their shares. This is witnessed often that people want their apps to be secure more than ever. With the increasing cybercrimes, data breaches, and online attacks, app security can never go out of trend.

10. Beacons Technology

Beacons are small, wireless transmitters that make use of the low-energy Bluetooth technology to send signals to other smart devices nearby. Although this tech has been around for some time now, it is expected to gain much more popularity in 2021. Beacon notifications are being used by many businesses to connect with their clients in a highly contextual manner. It can be used in airports, mobile payments, and virtual tours by making things more personalized and smooth and secure information sharing.

Final Words

Mobile apps have evolved with time. There are billions of apps already in the Apple and Google app stores. And with these new technologies, newer apps will keep coming up. So to stay at the top of your game, it is crucial for business leaders to know about the latest trends and technologies. 

We hope that this article gave you a fair idea of what trends to follow in 2021.

If you already have an app idea in mind, you can contact us. At Applify, we have a team of experts that are well-acknowledged with the industry trends and will provide you with the best digital solutions in no time. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch right away!