App Development Trends 2019

Artyom Dogtiev

Updated: January 31, 2019

After 10 years and more than 5 million mobile apps, the app industry is still in a full swing. New technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality are gaining more and more of a ground in many popular apps. We reached out some of the top mobile app development teams to get their perspective on what technologies will shape the app development industry this year.

Here’s what our experts had to say on the top app development trends in 2019. There are several things that we can highlight from these quotes and they are:

  • Augmented Reality technology will see further widespread among app developers to bring new functions that are highly relevant to app users
  • Machine Learning will continue its slow roll into more and more mobile apps
  • The emphasis from Social Media platforms will begin to shift towards Instant Messaging apps as the new cool

App Development Thought Leaders:

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Konstant Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd. – Manish Jain, Director

The way I see it, 2019 is going to be a transition phase from consumer services to more product based applications. We can expect quite a lot of fresh innovation in the AR space while cloud solutions would continue to be the priority of enterprise clients. The biggest opportunities, however, would be offered by AI and IoT. As 5G starts rolling out in the first quarter of 2019, we expect to see a substantial spike in demand for IoT applications- that would extensively use AI tools as well. Overall, this would be the year when these long talked about technologies would realize their true potential.

The Distance – Anthony Main, Founder and Managing Director

Folding phones are going to have a big impact on app design in 2019, especially if they are swiftly adopted by consumers. With increased screen space comes an offer of increased productivity, and a demand for more feature-packed apps. Multitasking will become the norm as larger screen real estate will offer further opportunities for multiple apps running in parallel.

Brightec – Andrew Ferrett, Managing Director

We’ve noticed that there is an increase in user’s baseline expectation for an app. e.g. people assume something will be perfect and are quite harsh at reviewing something if it falls below their expectation. We expect this trend to continue in 2019.

Itransition – Jan Guardian, Marketer

There’s much hype around AI, blockchain, IoT, and immersive technologies. But there’s also a reason for that. Combining their capabilities or finding unexpected ways to use them, app developers can deliver powerful products that were previously unthought of. Take medical chatbots receiving data from wearables and making personalized recommendations, for example.

ChromeInfotech – Shishir Dubey, Founder and Managing Director

Rise of Blockchain, wearable technology and Internet of Things (IoT) as individuals and also as a combination towards becoming close to mainstream technology although some of them are still in the infancy state.

Chatbots will become mainstream to the next level and it will be an integral part of every mobile application to assist user better.

AI and Machine Learning will continue to grow and expand through many mobile applications directly implementing core AI and machine learning functionalities.

Mobile wallets and Payment gateways will be the next mainstream thing.Cloud based mobile apps and app security will become a mandatory norm.

Apart from that, AR and VR is going to impact every single industry segment be it real estate, logistics, healthcare, education or gaming in app development.

Messapps – Kirill Krainov, Digital Marketing Manager

I expect the biggest growth in European and American e-commerce, consumer ethics features and one-problem applications. Well, let’s take a closer look.

Firstly, today suppliers take the role of marketplaces, and they can choose what to do – supply, just sell, or both. The era of amazonification has come.

Secondly, people think about how their needs influence the world. That’s why retailers add specific options like eco-friendly materials. Well, on retailers’ sites you can choose eco-friendly packages. As for mobile apps, app developers should be ready to add these features to user screens.

Thirdly, one problem – one solution. In 2019, we will see more one-problem focused apps and less big services for “any problem”. We will see one-problem solution applications that will solve specific pain points. For example, you want to find a flat in NY -> your chances increase with a specific application focused on NY flats only.

No doubts, in 2019, AI and AR technologies will overcome their limits in growth. AI technology might become more accurate and open additional possibilities for people. AR technology might break into new spheres: space engineering, healthcare, smart home, etc. By the way, AR is a very interesting thing: if you don’t want to play games in real life, you can play them virtually. For example, you may play darts in augmented reality if you do not have physical equipment for it.

App developers should be ready for personalization and big data use. Today we see content race. If 10 years ago the quantity of content ruled, today the content quality really matters. That’s why app developers should be ready to work with personalized content sorting systems and here AI technology will be helpful as never.

Messengers became new social media with only one function that is to connect people directly. Messengers are not actually trends, but they opened a new app ecosystem like Slack and its specific bots. As for chatbots, they are older than messengers, but frequently they go together. And today we cannot imagine Facebook Messenger without its bots in groups and public pages.

I suppose AI chatbots is the next stage of gamified interaction. For example, 10 years ago we could create a text RPG game on a chatbot-like engine. Today, AI chatbots in Telegram and separate chatbot applications help us to learn new languages, choose suits, call a taxi and do many other things we used to do via classic mobile apps like Lyft.

The integration really matters: chatbots might become much more useful assistants for our mobile and desktop devices, take basic and advanced functions of some applications but they will never replace classic mobile.

Promatics Technologies Private Limited – Arpit Jain, CEO

The percentage of people using mobile to log on is increasing with each passing day. 2019 will see some drastic shifts in the mobile apps universe. I believe speed and acceleration will gain further momentum on back AMP and other initiatives. Wearbles will further expand their reach with mobile accessories taking long steps. One of the strongest growth areas will be machine learning and AI which is all set to explode and go mainstream in 2019. Games and entertainment verticals will see themselves getting elevated with AR and VR providing amazing experiences to users. I also see big improvements in location tracking, cloud and mobile payments. These would be some of the most promising trends for mobile in 2019.

Final Thoughts

Mobile apps continue to be the frontline of the software development. And there is a good reason for this – among all kinds of software mobile apps bring the greatest value to people. To take the next step and bring even greater one new technologies are needed, technologies that are based on big volume of data or the ones that bring features that are useful in a physical world on a daily basis. Today Machine Leaning and Augmented Reality are two techs that are the most promising and will continue to help app developers to innovate and add new features that are actually useful for their end users. In short – 2019 is the year of Big Data.