5 Trends That Will Shape the Future of Mobile App Development


By Published on April 12, 2019

The world of computer technology is always changing. Mobile app development will soon transform into something very different. Instead of just games or communication apps for phones, the future of mobile app development will include apps to control people’s dishwashers, interact with wearable devices in their shoes and glasses, track their movements, and much more.

Do you want to become a mobile app developer? Very simple and accessible new programming interfaces are coming out, which many more people will be able to use easily. This might motivate you to become an expert in data science or cloud technology, instead of focusing on coding. At the same time, new areas of app development are opening up for skilled programmers.

We’re in the early days of the history of app development, similar to the early days of software development a few decades ago. Things are going to move fast, so pay attention to the ideas on the horizon. Below are our five favorite trends in mobile app development.

1. Low-Code App Development

More and more people will have access to simpler ways to create apps with third-party software tools. Have you seen software that makes website construction easy? You can add elements of a website with a click and move them around, right? App development tools are becoming more like that, including an intuitive visual interface and a programming language that’s similar to normal speech.

This low-code approach1 is becoming a philosophical movement. Practitioners believe in designing new apps quickly while avoiding large amounts of coding. They have good reasons: third-party tools can make app development inexpensive, more accessible, and less prone to bugs. What it means to be an app developer could partially change as more people in non-tech industries learn they can quickly create good-looking apps that work well.

2. The Mobile Future

Google has now changed their algorithm2 to reward websites that load quickly on mobile devices. The future will be mobile. More and more companies are adapting to smartphones and tablets, designing their websites to be image-rich rather than text-heavy to entice people to explore them. At the same time, app developers have learned more about how people actually use apps on mobile devices and are designing for the realities of divided attention3 and interruptions.

Workers are increasingly going to want all of their data on all of their devices, including the devices in their pockets. They’re not using mobile devices just for games and texting anymore. Apps can help people in a variety of industries do important work in many locations. Apps and APIs (application programming interfaces) are being created to allow many different kinds of devices to share data with each other through the cloud.

Paying for products and services with mobile devices will also become more common. Apps will facilitate and protect these transactions on smartphones and wearable devices. Companies may also use apps to collect data about consumer behavior, to predict purchases, and to foster customer loyalty.

3. Wearable Devices

The number of wearable devices sold is increasing by tens of millions each year. Some of these devices are simple sensors in clothing, jewelry, and shoes, but some are more advanced, such as smartwatches, indicating that wearable devices will only get smarter.

To use the possible network of devices on each person, a smartphone’s apps will coordinate between them. Part of the future of mobile app development will consist of improving the delivery of information from wearable devices, which can enhance people’s hobbies, health, safety, and more.

Wearable devices and their apps can do a lot of good. Through data and feedback, they can motivate people to get more restful sleep, eat better, and exercise more. They can also help companies invent and market totally new types of products and services. They’re also good for app developers, because the apps are almost guaranteed to be seen and used, as they’re tied to a particular device that people really want.

4. Smart Objects in the Home and Office

Hundreds of different smart devices could be scattered around your home and office within a few years. Devices such as domestic appliances, power sockets, light bulbs, healthcare devices, toys, air monitors, security cameras, and music systems will be connected to apps on your tablet or smartphone. You’ll be able to control and monitor them, re-order replacement parts, pay for services, and more.

Major companies are investing in home automation and communication products to make life safer and more convenient. In the future, there will be more ways for app developers to help integrate smart objects into consumers’ daily lives. For example, apps can use location sensing technologies to personalize people’s experience in an indoor space, changing lighting, music, and information displays.

5. From Programmer to Data Scientist

In markets and industries that are less technical, traditional application developers may eventually not be needed. Because of the low-code approach, businesspeople will be able to create the type of app they want without advanced programmers. On the other hand, technology companies will still need well-trained developers, which will preserve high-code professions alongside the low-code approach.

If you’re interested in the low-code approach or are already in a non-technical industry, you could study up on data security, cloud solutions for business, and data science, which businesses will increasingly need. Companies that don’t sell software are still going to depend on software and the cloud for their daily operations, so you’ll probably be in demand if you know how to allow communication between databases and software libraries—and how to make sure that employees from every department can see all of their business’s data in each of their applications and on their smartphones.