No watch or wallet needed: top mobile development trends in 2022

AI in mobile applications

According to GartnerLast year, artificial intelligence was introduced into mobile applications three times more actively than in 2020.

The giants Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft also had a hand in this.

AI allows you to create chatbots, voice assistants, virtual fitting rooms, and more.

Based on the capabilities of AI, ML (machine learning), NLP (neurolinguistic programming), users get a unique personalized experience.

The synergy of Deep Learning and ML can create products that deliver the data and analytics needed in real time.

ML technology is often used in retailer applications. It helps you compare prices of competing products and offer customers the best price for quick sales.

ML apps are also in demand among marketers: they automate sales processes and serve to generate more leads.

Development of applications for flip phones

Samsung sold million Galaxy Fond smartphones with flexible screens in three months.

The innovative solution showed impressive sales results, so we can safely say that other companies will also produce such devices.

Smartphones and tablets with a foldable OLED display run on the familiar Android OS, but due to the modified screen they still require special solutions: applications where the user will be comfortable interacting with the interface on an unusual screen.

New clamshells with large screens open up a wide field for interaction within the digital system:

  • detailed view;
  • work simultaneously in several windows and perform several tasks at once.

Games and video streaming will become topical applications of a new type for such phones. Using the additional space during development, new controls and other information blocks can be added to the mobile version.

Samsung claims hundreds of Android apps have already been optimized for the Galaxy Fold, including Amazon Prime Video, Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, VSCO and Microsoft Office.

And while creating a mobile app specifically for a foldable display doesn’t seem like the most lucrative idea yet, an adaptive version of your app for a flip phone is a must of tomorrow.

Biometric Authentication

The development of the mobile biometrics market segment is associated with the active use of contactless payments with a smartphone.

Biometric authentication is used in fintech applications and is becoming a relevant solution for e-commerce – this makes mobile payments more secure.

When using Apple Pay, for example, a user next to a contactless reader can confirm payment by scanning their face or placing their finger on their iPhone.

However, a biometric password is not the only authorization method, but an additional feature. An app with a biometric password is harder to crack and has a higher degree of security.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is a chain of interconnected “smart” devices, united into a common network. They can collect information and exchange data.

According to forecasts, by 2030 the number of smart devices of this type will grow to 24 billion with annual revenues of about $ 1.5 trillion.

An example of the use of technology in Russia – Smart Home “Yandex”, uniting dozens of devices under the control of Alice’s voice assistant.

Amazon and Google are also leveraging the technology and increasing competition in the IoT market with the Echo line of devices and the Google Home Voice Controller.

With the growing demand for gadgets, smart homes and other IoT systems, there will be an increase in the demand for mobile applications supporting the IoT concept for convenient control of all devices.

Application development for new OS

Around the new operating systems, an ecosystem of native applications will develop to solve a variety of tasks: from applied (browsers, multimedia, instant messengers) to professional and specialized (electronic document management, personnel management, and more).

Huawei with store AppGallery developed OS Harmony. It focuses on smartphones and smart devices – integrating them into a single super-device. According to the developers, separate devices can work together and use all resources together for the convenience of users.

Application developers for OS Harmony can use several programming languages: C / C ++, Java and Kotlin.

The first Russian mobile OS – “Aurora”… Together with the EMM mobile device management platform, it enables the creation of enterprise mobility solutions.

OS “Aurora” is focused on large corporations with a large staff of employees, it is already used by Russian Railways, Rostelecom, Russian Post.

Another 360 thousand devices used for the recent all-Russian population census, it will soon begin to be implemented in medicine and education.

Development for this OS is done on the Qt cross-platform framework. You can also use the declarative QML language to create applications.

Augmented reality AR

By data Statista, the global market for AR and VR technologies will grow to $ 209 billion in 2022.

Google, for example, is set to soon introduce augmented reality functionality for Google Maps: a map in real time will provide clues through recognition of the photo and video stream from the phone’s camera.

Integration of mobile applications with augmented reality will create a new unique experience for users of a seamless interaction with the interface.

Development of cross-platform technologies

Cross-platform development opens up the possibility of creating an application for several operating systems at once on a single code base.

Large corporations create and develop cross-platform frameworks themselves: Google – Flutter and Kotlin MultiPlatform, Microsoft – Xamarin, Facebook – React Native.

This trend will remain, and corporations will increasingly choose cross-platform application development instead of native.

Mobile wallet apps

In the past few years, the market for digital payment systems has been growing rapidly. According to expert forecasts, the cost of mobile wallet transactions by 2022 will reach almost $ 14 billion.

Mobile wallets provide fast and secure transactions. They allow the user to send money from their smartphone to anyone or to a payment terminal at the touch of a button.

Mobile wallets operate on short-range wireless data transmission technology (NFC) or QR technologies… The customer’s billing information is stored in the wallet in an encoded format.

The most famous solutions on the market come from Amazon, Apple and Google.

Wearable technologies and wearable devices

A wearable device is an accessory on the human body that is required to exchange data with other devices. It can track movement, physical conditions of the wearer, and changes in the environment.

Wearable technologies are evolving around the world. According to research Statista, by 2022 people will be wearing already 929 million such devices ..

Good example – Apple Watch… At WWDC, the company announced its watchOS update: Apple Watch apps will no longer require a companion iOS app, but will have their own app store.

Cloud storage development

Most likely transition to cloud storage by 2022 will increase IT costs up to $ 1.3 trillion… Cloud storage integration enables mobile applications to store large amounts of data and safely perform complex tasks.

Cloud storage reduces hosting costs and increases user retention.

The main demand of time is to increase the speed of solving the client’s problem. The sooner a user receives a product, service or product feedback, the more loyal they will be in the future.

Modern solutions automate many functions, thus reducing the waiting process and better retaining the user in the digital system.

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