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Top 6 App Development Trends in 2020

Updated: Jul 11, 2020

Mobile apps help organizations create brand awareness, deliver personalized content, boost customer engagement, reduce costs, and increase sales. The popularity of mobile apps can be made out by the fact that 1.96 million apps are featured in the App Store and 2.46 million apps are available on Google Play (as of the second quarter of 2019).

The mobile app development industry has been greatly impacted by the advent of advanced technologies - the Internet of Things, Chatbots, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Augmented and Virtual Reality, etc. These technologies are supposed to continue taking the mobile app development by storm in 2020.

Top 6 Technologies in app development 2020


Blockchain has disrupted and reshaped the mobile app development and can be implemented in mobile apps for enhancing security, tracking, and quality controls. Many payment apps are already using this technology for ensuring secure and faster transactions. Blockchain will stay in vogue in 2020 and ahead.

2.Internet of Things

IoT is a vast network of interconnected digital, mechanical, and computing devices that enable the exchange and transfer of data and information. The use of IoT in mobile apps helps remotely control smart gadgets via smartphones. Moreover, mobile apps powered by IoT enable to connect bands, wristwatches, and other wearables to smartphones.

3.Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR & VR)

After the release of ARKit by Apple and ARCore by Google, iOS, and Android app development has gained immense momentum. The demand for VR and AR applications is picking up pace in every industry - be it retail, healthcare, education, travel, etc. Mobile apps utilizing these technologies are creating amazing experiences for mobile users and helping businesses increase sales.

4.Cloud-based Mobile Apps

Cloud technology helps organizations store a massive amount of data. This technology, when integrated with mobile apps, enhances the storage capabilities of the applications and increases productivity and collaboration. Further, most of the mobile applications with bigger databases use the Amazon Web Service (AWS) as their cloud computing backup. This trend will boom in the upcoming years.

5.Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

Cross-platform mobile app development means the development of applications that can be run on multiple mobile platforms. It reduces the time-to-market and development cost of the organizations and drives their business in the realm of tough competition. This trend will go mainstream in 2020 and years ahead.

6.Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning have changed the entire face of mobile app development and are expected to take it to a new level in 2020. The integration of AI with mobile apps not only saves a lot of money for businesses but also improves user engagement.

AI-powered chatbots have changed the way businesses interact with customers via mobile phones. Mobile apps with services like cab services, food delivery, and online shopping are integrating chatbots to respond to customers’ queries quickly.

Key Mobile apps stats

  • Mobile apps are expected to generate 189 billion in revenue by the end of 2020

  • There will be more than 400 billion apps downloaded from 2016 to the end of 2020

  • 30% of millennials open an app 55+ times per day

  • 55% of people open an app 11+ times each day

  • 60% of all digital media usage comes from mobile apps

On-demand apps

There are a large number of apps created for on-demand services and will be continuing in 2020.

According to PWC on-demand apps, economy revenue will reach $325 billion in 2025.

Artificial Intelligence

According to Gartner intelligent apps will be in the mainstream and 200 largest companies in the world will leverage AI to develop apps.

According to Forbes spending for Ai will reach $30 billion by 2025.

According to the IDC AI market will experience revenue growth of more than $47 billion by the end of 2020.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

AR and VR have revolutionized not only the game industry but have also impacted other industries including mobile app development.

The application of VR and AR mobile app development will redefine customer experience and help businesses generate more revenue.

Wearable tech apps

Wearable apps have taken wearable tech by storm in recent years and the trend will continue in 2020.

According to stats, the wearable tech market will reach $1.1 billion by 2020.

Internet of things(IoT)

The tech world has realized the potential of IoT and businesses are shifting focus to use this technology in-app development.

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