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Mobile App Development Trends to Witness in 2020

In the world today, business models have advanced in many ways, thanks to mobile development technology. Most business operations have taken a new dimension whereby most of the activities take place online. Since technology keeps advancing, it is predictable that the trend won’t stop any time soon. In the years to come, the mobile app market targets to generate more revenue. But then, how did mobile applications come into being?

Technology keeps advancing in this era; being in possession of mobile isn’t enough. You basically need a mobile that does more than usual communication. You need something in which you can manage most activities especially in the field of business. As a result, useful mobile applications started to be formed. Since it is something ongoing, it means that 2020 will come along with more mobile app development features. And for you to succeed in the field of mobile app development, you need to observe the current trends and implement them.

On to the point, what trends do we expect in 2020? Let us discuss below:

  • Introduction of Chatbots
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Integration of Wearable App
  • More Security on Mobile App
  • Cloud Storage Development
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Beacons Technology
  • Mobile Wallets
  • Rise of On-Demand Apps
  • Instant App

Introduction of Chatbots

Imagine you are a buyer and you have the chance to do all the purchasing process by yourself. It is something fulfilling and you do not have to wait for long. A chatbot is a trend that makes it possible for buyers to do the buying process themselves.

chatbot apps

Come 2020, chatbots are expected to take a new dimension in mobile apps. However, as for now, more app in Google play store and Apple app store do not embrace the use of chatbots; that is why it is the kind of technology that is still evolving.

A good example of a chatbot is ‘My Starbucks Barista.’ Whereby you simply order the type of coffee you need and the app does the rest of the activities for you.

Internet of Things (IoT)

In this trend, smart gadgets are interconnected to a network. For example, BI platforms like Google and Amazon use the internet of things technology to outshine the competition by initiating Google Home Voice controller for Google and Echo devices for Amazon. As technology keeps changing, it means that this trend will take a new dimension in the years to come.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Ever heard of a FaceApp? I guess you understand the app well. Due to the artificial intelligence of the app, you can modify photos for better looks by adding some filters. The app can show you how you will look at different stages of life, like when young or old.

Cortana app

Mobile applications like Cortana, Replika, and Google assistant created a positive impact in the field of mobile apps by their success.

Integration of Wearable App

Wearable apps include modernized devices whose core purpose is to maximize mobility, create context awareness, and offer live access to data to the wearers. Examples of such devices include chest sensors and wristbands. The user can use them anywhere without any problems.

wearable apps

Since the wearable technology is advancing every other day, we can only predict significant improvements in the years to come. In 2020, such devices will have penetrated the market fully and more people will be using it.

More Security on Mobile App

In this era, most of business and app developments takes place online, meaning that more data is stored online. However, the information isn’t guaranteed to be well secured. There are hackers who target some sites to gain access then later on hack and get the information from the site. At the end of the day, the site is at a higher risk of losing data then collapsing.

For example, when Google and Facebook encountered security issues, more businesses started finding means on how to protect their data cybercrimes. Due to such issues, many people who are in business organizations are trying to come up with strategies on improving security on mobile applications.

Any business-minded person whose goals is to sore higher especially in mobile app development must be updated with such technology. In Apple, a new feature known as ‘sign in with Apple’ was updated to minimize the risks that may affect their data.

In the year 2020, the field of mobile app development is geared to take a new direction to tighten security, to protect their essential data.

Cloud Storage Development

When data is stored on the internet by a service provider through a computing model, the whole process is known as cloud storage. The service provider is the one in charge of all the activities. This implies that the person in charge relieves the user the burden of buying and managing their own data. So what is the function and benefits of cloud storage?

  • The technology helps when building instant applications for Android.
  • Mobile applications can store a large volume of data without any technical issues through cloud storage.
  • The whole process is cost-effective, and above all, it is well secured.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

The two terms are basically confusing because both of them are an emerging trend in media technology. But then there is a key difference between the two. Let us find out below:

Virtual reality is a computer integration of an actual living environment. It involves the user and makes them feel they are part of what is happening in the environment. In simple terms, virtual reality stimulates the hearing and vision of the user.

On the other hand, Augmented Reality is a trend that provides computer-generated additions that enable the user to interact with ease freely. Augmented reality is initiated into applications and used on mobile devices to work with digital components.

The two technologies are smoothly penetrating through the market, and it is the kind of technology that won’t stop any time soon.

A good example where augmented reality is applied is Google maps, used by Google and Apple, which enables people to get directions via camera phones.

vr apps

The same trend is expected to rise higher and higher in 2020 because its goal is to improve user experience.

Beacons Technology

In simple terms, beacons are tiny wireless transmitters that send a signal to nearby devices via Bluetooth technology. This technology has been in the market for a while but in 2020, it will be more powerful.

beacons apps

Advantages of Beacon Technology

  • One advantage of beacon technology is the ability to connect businesses with their targeted audience in an easy way.
  • Another benefit of beacon technology is the ability to share information in a more secure manner.

Mobile Wallets

A mobile wallet is simply a holder of a card containing details relating to payment on a mobile phone. The user can process in-store payment effectively with mobile wallets as long as the services rendered are among the mobile wallet service provider. In 2020, mobile wallet trend will gain more popularity due to the invention of more smart devices like smartwatches and phones. Some of the brands using a mobile wallet to serve their customers include Apple, Samsung, and Google.


Rise of On-Demand Apps

These are apps which act as a platform between service providers and customers. A user is required to pay a small fee for the apps to work on their behalf. The advantages of this applications is that there is no wastage of time and the services are provided in a convenient manner. A good example is Uber business. It is among the top companies to use a demand-pricing model and due to the smooth penetration into the market, other popular apps came into being to improve user experience.

On-demand apps are expected to rise in 2020 and provide more services, thereby improving user experience.

Instant App

A Google Android instant app is a software that incorporates native Android app on a device without installation. They do not occupy space in the device because they are never installed by the user.

instant apps

Instant apps came into being in 2016. Instant apps are user-friendly, small in size, and they are accessible instantly.

By 2020, instant apps will have penetrated the market and grown extensively due to the continued demand from users for improved user experience.


Technology is the order of the day in this century. New innovations and trends to improve user experience in the technology field keep changing day by day. As the trends keep emerging, the demand for more improved features from end-users keep arising.

For this reason, a lot of mobile applications already exists in Windows Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App store while others are still in the process of evolution. At the rate which mobile apps trend are coming up, it is evident that the field of mobile app development is set to grow very fast.

This implies that persons in mobile app development have to stay up-to-date with what is trending in the field to withstand competition.


Written by:

Stuti Dhruv

Stuti Dhruv is a Senior Consultant at Aalpha Information Systems, specializing in pre-sales and advising clients on the latest technology trends. With years of experience in the IT industry, she helps businesses harness the power of technology for growth and success.

Stuti Dhruv is a Senior Consultant at Aalpha Information Systems, specializing in pre-sales and advising clients on the latest technology trends. With years of experience in the IT industry, she helps businesses harness the power of technology for growth and success.