Mobile ecosystem, market competition, and the COVID changed user behaviours thus their usage towards smartphones. Internet of Things, AR/ VR, AI/ML, blockchain, on-demand apps, chatbots, and wearables are some of the hot trends which are growing year after another. 

For instance, contactless payments were not as popular and penetrated as of now. 

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Well, everyone is talking about what will trend in mobile app development in 2022. Let’s just give a look at what will not trend.

  • Credit and debit card payments would be replaced with digital payments/ e-wallets
  • 4G mobile apps, considering the 5G internet speed
  • Not integrating mobile sales
  • Fingerprint security, since the apps have in-built fingerprint sensor

Are you ready for the mobile app development trends of 2022?

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In this blog post, we are sharing a list of trends you should be watching in 2022. 

Trend#1 AR/VR trends

Companies are already embracing the AR/VR trend and it will spread rapidly in 2022. Sony, Facebook, Samsung, etc. produced VR enabled devices already and changed the user experiences. 

User interfaces improve user experiences, hence the engagement. App developers  know the importance and are creating VR apps for improved user experiences. 

Some common areas trends in AR/VR are:

  • Improved learning experiences and made them more engaging
  • Enhanced business efficiency, time management and elimination of travel costs
  • VR for shopping, buyers get 3 dimensions of the product
  • Mobility, user can go on a VR tour or teleconferencing on the go
  • Snapchat and Instagram already have AR filters, turning human face into funny characters

Trend#2 Smart things 

Smart things of IoT isn’t a new trend but the penetration is increasing across a broad range of categories and industries. IoT is a network of devices connected via the internet, providing automated control to the end user. Smart home technology is an example here.

Another example could be a mobile app used for adjusting the thermostat in a house from a remote location, connecting security systems and locking front doors. 

IoT revenue will grow to 1.6 trillion by 2025 – Statista

Smart homes and appliances, routers with more securities, self-driving cars are a few examples.

Trend#3 Wearables

We all have seen smart watches, trackers and fitness bands up till now. However, the wearables market hasn’t yet reached its full potential. 

By 2022, 25.3% of the US adult population will be using wearable technology.

Today every manufacturer offers its version of smartwatch and smart earbuds/airpods. This means, they can see the market is growing and there is a staggering jump year over year. The growth started from 2017 with 18.1% of the population using wearable technology. 

In 2022, more mobile apps would be developed keeping the wearables in mind. Users will be downloading apps from their wrist. 

Trend#4 Mobile wallets

A mobile wallet is a virtual wallet where a user can save his payment card information for making in-store payments. 

Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and PayPal are few examples.

Contactless payments adoption via mobile wallets increased during COVID times but the trend is still rising and we will be using more and more such wallets. 

Do you know?

28% of the US consumers always like to pay through their smartphones?

Apple Pay is the most used mobile payment app for payments in stores, restaurants, other POS in the US?

However, one of the main roadblock in quick adoption of digital wallets are the security concerns as per the Statista. 

Fintech payments in the Middle East market, digital wallet development features, timeline and cost

Trend#5 Cloud-based apps

Efficient infrastructure, hybrid solutions – every business is looking for. Again the cloud computing integration isn’t new but it hasn’t reached its maximum potential. 

Apps can store data and carry complex functions as opposed to storing the information on the user’s smart devices. Hence saving space and providing convenience. 

This not only saves development operations time but the cloud based solutions are cost effective at the same time.

By the end of 2022, around 85% of the enterprise workloads would be cloud-based. 

Trend#6 Apps for foldable devices

Mobile phones look changed greatly over the last decade, going completely touch screen with a one button or not button at all. However, over the last few years, we heard news of foldable devices which now has become a reality. 

In 2019, we saw Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X and Motorola Razr. They did impact the user experience. For example, a user can make a phone call with a folded device whereas for a better experience can watch a video by unfolding the phone. These smartphones compress and expand screen sizes based on user preferences.

However from a development perspective, mobile app developers have to consider resellers and content creators while updating or developing mobile apps.

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Trend#7 5G technology

A new generation telecommunications network innovation, opening doors for creating more sophisticated AR and VR apps, streaming 4K and 360 videos and more interconnected IoT devices. 

You can imagine the market competitiveness. 

In 2022, 551.1 million 5G connections will be made compared to 190.8 million (BuildFire). Do you know what that actually means? Speed and efficiency is what drives technological innovations. 

Compared to 4G, 5G will be 100 times faster. And the penetration of 5G will ultimately boost the mobile app functionality, hence the development trends. For developers, resellers and creators, this technology will change the way mobile apps are used.

Trend#8 Beacon technology

Beacons are not new, various industries like healthcare, ecommerce, museums, hotels etc. are using them. They were first developed in 2013 but they started trending now. 

Installed store beacons connect with the user phone via bluetooth, offering sales and promotions. Users will get all sorts of sales or product information within their vicinity. 

Some of the beacon technology trends will be mobile payments beacons, AI enabled chips, AI and ML automated implications. 

Beacons track user behavior in stores, detect if a user is spending a particular amount of time on a certain product category/ service. But the main benefit of beacon technology is the proximity advantage.

Trend#9 Mobile commerce

We can’t end a list of mobile app development trends without including mobile commerce. This trend is dominated in 2019, 2020, 2021 and will keep dominating in 2022. 

During COVID, users were pushed for mobile commerce but now they have adopted mobile commerce and the trend of shopping via mobile will continue. 

Do you know? 

Mobile ecommerce spending in the US is 47.8 billion?

Mobile ecommerce retail percentage in the US is 31%?

Share of US consumers already using mobile payments is 29%?

Mobile based ecommerce apps are trending. Do you have an ecommerce business but not a mobile app? Or your mobile app needs re-design or a revamp? Let’s schedule a free consultancy call. 

Final verdict

Above trends gives a holistic view of how mobile app development will go around in 2022 and what trends you should be watchful for. Mobile app development trends keep on evolving and if you are developing mobile apps looking into past year trends, you may not stay as competitive as the market is. 

Here at Phaedra Solutions, we build apps based on market trends and share honest advice with our clients. 

Simplifying user experiences, elevating your businesses.