The latest statistics show that today there are over 1,85 million apps available for iOS users, while Android users can choose among 2,56 million apps at the Google App Store. Accordingly, mobile app development is at the market’s peak.
What trends will inspire mobile developers in the coming year? Here’s a quick overview of the mobile development trends that will be up-to-date in 2022.
A voice search is not anything new in mobile apps. It makes navigation through the app easier and faster for users. AI-driven voice assistants are one of the most future-oriented innovations in many areas when it comes to mobile development.
A voice search is now implemented in apps for smart home management, entertainment, e-learning, etc. They help us launch programs, manage functionality, or just search for content without touching a smartphone display.
The technology is forging ahead, and in the future, it’s expected to be modified. In 2022, mobile developers should pay attention to the evolving trends to make mobile apps that will serve the current user needs. Below are a few of them:
- Future voice assistants need to be as personalized as possible to be able to recognize the person who’s speaking.
- They should also recognize the speaker’s mood and emotions based on the speech.
- The voice search feature needs to expand its intelligent capability to be able to reduce the number of steps for users to get the required information.
In 2022, the implementation of AI technology will proceed and bring perspective for mobile development projects.
Applications for Wearable Devices
Over the past decade, wearables have become ingrained in our everyday lives. We use fitness bracelets, pay with phones, send messages through smartwatches — all these features are already integrated into wearable devices.
According to Statista, end-users spendings on wearables will increase in 2022 and reach more than 90 billion dollars. The forecast speaks volumes — on the one hand, the tendency of using smart wearable devices for daily tasks is on the rise. On the other hand, software developers need to review their products and add new features that will meet the evolving needs of users.
For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a new benefit of wearables — the capability of detecting disease at early stages. The scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine developed an app for smartwatches to alert patients about the signs that show their bodies fight with infections, including the ones caused by COVID-19.
Super apps, or multi-purpose apps, are gaining popularity. These apps allow users to solve several tasks just by using one app. Most modern mobile applications are aimed at specific functions. For example, fitness apps often offer only training workouts or healthy nutrition plans.
In the context of super apps, they will combine all the tasks related to fitness, which is very convenient for users to use one app instead of 2, 3, or more apps for each task.
The concept of super apps has come from the Asian region. One of the biggest Chinese companies that released its WeChat app that had been initially a messaging app turned into a huge ecosystem with multiple services, including taxi, medical consultations, games, virtual wallets, etc. In 2022 the trend will go to other continents.
In some regions, it has already entered the market. In Europe, Yandex Go is a classic example of a super app that also combines diverse services such as taxi rides, food delivery, transport tracking, and package delivery.
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, communication via video-links apps was the only way to stay closer to your family, friends, colleagues, and clients. The remote work mode forced us to use the existing video-link apps and app providers to redesign them or create brand new solutions to satisfy the evolving needs.
According to Techcrunch, Zoom became the second most downloaded app globally in Q2 2020. Even after most companies came back to offices, working from home has become a popular practice and a habit.
So, the development of video-link apps and specifically for mobile devices is trendy now and will continue in 2022. The promising course of video-link app development is introducing new technologies to make the apps more convenient and capable of employing new functions such as online shopping through video or communication with sellers by video calling.
Another highly promising trend of mobile app development is cross-platform applications. Businesses main motivation in terms of cross-platform development is building apps available for multiple devices at reasonable development costs.
The boundaries between desktop and mobile devices have already been effacing. Many frameworks allow developers to create code that can be used for different platforms without no need to write a separate codebase for each application. When it comes to the future, cross-platform apps will be optimized to support more devices.
Therefore, the latest mobile app development trends talk about new market demands and customer experience opportunities. The employment of new approaches will help businesses overcome competitors and provide a totally new experience to app users.