Mobile App Development Trends You Should Pay Attention to in 2022

  • Most Americans check their phones up to 63 times daily and have an average screen time of 5.4 hours.
  • 47% of US smartphone users say they couldn’t live without their devices.

Current trends in mobile app development shaping our future

  • Mobile payments: Sending money online and paying for transactions cashless is fast and convenient. Insider Intelligence reports that 52.5% of the US population will be using a money transfer system at least once a month by the end of this year. The total value of transactions from mobile wallets is also expected to reach nearly $14 billion by 2022. You’ve probably paid for something with PayPal or Apple Pay before, and you’ve probably heard of services like Wise, Revolut, and Western Union as well.
  • Chatbots: The history of chatbots is quite interesting. The first one developed in 1966 was named Eliza. She was created by a researcher named Joseph Weizenbaum who worked at the famous Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Nowadays, the most popular chatbot is Alexa. In January 2016, Alexa had only 130 skills, but this number has now surpassed 100,000.
  • Super Apps: Can you imagine being able to chat with your friends, pay bills, watch videos, talk to your family, and make purchases all in one place? That’s already the reality for the Asian market, where WeChat, which was originally a messaging app, now has 4.3 “small apps” in it. In the Western world, the first move towards Super App was taken by Snapchat, where users can now send pics, communicate in various formats, and also buy movie tickets. Facebook and Instagram now have some features of super apps since Facebook has integrated payment options, and Instagram also offers various options for buyers and sellers.

What trends will affect mobile development in 2022

  • Security: A KPMG report found that 87 percent of Americans consider data privacy a basic human right. This means that they expect companies to take serious measures to store and process their data safely and securely. This not only applies to the fintech and healthcare industries but also illustrates people’s state of mind when it comes to data privacy and protection. Various legal acts (such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for the healthcare industry and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for all companies which process personal data as part of the activities of one or more of their branches established in the EU) were adopted to help companies understand what exactly they should do, and to ensure that people’s data is protected.
  • Hyper-personalization: 80% of customers are more likely to stay with a company that provides a personalized experience. No one does better than Netflix with their personalized recommendations based on rating systems.
  • Facial recognition: This technology is fast, secure, and convenient. Facial recognition keeps personal data on mobile devices safe, and also saves time on user identification such as when processing online payments.
  • Digital wellbeing. With thousands of apps of various kinds, the time we spend on our devices just keeps increasing. While there’s no causal link between digital media usage and serious physical and mental health problems, buzzwords like “digital detox” have already appeared. Apple has introduced features such as Screen Time Dashboard, App Limits, and Downtime to support this concept. Users can also find out how frequently they unlock their phones and open apps, get statistics for the number of notifications they receive, and turn on or schedule different display modes like Wind Down or Focus Mode.
  • Virtual assistants: Have you ever talked to Siri or Alexa? If you answered yes, then you have used a virtual assistant that can perform a variety of functions such as finding information on the Internet, reminding you about tasks to do, and booking a table at a local restaurant.

Trending mobile app development technologies worth a look in 2022

  • Makes the development process more cost-effective and is widely used in Minimum Viable Product (MVP) development.
  • Allows developers to modify the app back end without any need to save the file. In addition, these modifications are visible in real-time.
  • Dart provides an excellent tool for writing structured programming code.
  • Since May 2019, Flutter is more than just a mobile solution. Google has extended its support with Flutter for desktop, mobile, embedded, and web apps all used the same codebase.
  • Sharing codebase across platforms
  • Creating highly-responsive UI interfaces
  • Creating modules using Java, Swift, and Objective-C languages

iOS vs Android development future

  • iOS — Swift has a shorter learning curve which makes this programming language easier to master.
  • Android — Java and Kotlin are exactly the opposite.
  • iOS — Xcode has a decent source editor and assistant editor.
  • Android — Android Studio helps quickly generate multiple versions of your app for various devices.
  • iOS — Apple developers have a small range of screen dimensions to account for.
  • Android — Dozens of screen styles based on the screen size, density, and the version of the OS force developers to deal with device fragmentation.
  • iOS — US — 52.59%; Europe — 22.23%; Asia — 13.85%
  • Android — US — 46.98%; Europe — 72.71%; Asia — 83.09%

Apps that will change the world

  1. Mobile Fitness Apps: These apps help users stay healthy, monitor their fitness activities, and stay consistent. You can add additional features such as tips from certified diet nutritionists, pathologists, and health coaches.
  2. P2P Payment App: These apps allow people to send and receive money from anywhere the Internet is available. Even with popular solutions like PayPal and Wise already on the market, there is a chance to find your own niche in the remittance industry and target specific needs.
  3. Virtual Health App: The way we take care of our own health has significantly changed. 10 years ago, could you imagine video calling a doctor to talk about a health problem? Definitely not. But now in 2022, 90% of physicians already use smartphones at work and there are over 350,000 health apps available in app stores. Although there are strict health industry regulations to overcome, developing a health app is definitely worth doing.
  4. Hire an Artist App: Creative collaboration has never been easier. Since 2020, it is absolutely normal to have project team members spread all over the world. You can have your company registered in the USA while working in Canada and coordinating with UX/UI designers in Mexico, and everything works just fine thanks to modern technology. Hire an artist apps collect creative talents from all over the world and connect them to people in need of their skills to complete projects.
  5. Shopping Assistant App: Too many people struggle with finding perfect clothes and accessories online. They don’t want to waste too much time on browsing either. This is where a shopping assistant app can help. These apps are typically AI-powered and can function as a replacement for human consultants and professional buyers, helping people decide what to buy.

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