Top 10 Mobile Application Development Trends [Updated 2024]

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Top Mobile Application Development Trends

In this blog, we are going to tell you about the top mobile application development trends for 2024. Since the start of the evolution of modernization, you all have been hearing that trends will come and go, nothing sustains or lasts long. But the important thing is, too have to make that change along with the evolving trends.

A similar thing goes for the mobile app development company & industry. Firms & industries are evolving at such a rapid speed that we can see something new in them every day.

The instant blooming mobile application development companies are basically a result of increasing smartphone users in the world, as smartphone manufacturers are now providing affordable smartphones at a cheaper rate.

List of the Latest Mobile Application Development Trends

Here is the list of mobile application development trends to watch in 2024 that you never knew before:

1. Design Approach:

It is the initial factor, which is necessary for having a sound user experience. Effective display of data and content on your mobile user interface can undoubtedly attract more users to your application.

Designers of some successful mobile applications like Instagram, Pinterest, and Wunderlist have developed intuitive designs and interactive interfaces, to make them easy-to-use yet responsive applications.

Design Approach
Source – incomediary

Moreover, designers nowadays are also building up applications, which can accommodate various mobile challenges like user interruption and partial user attention.

The applications today are also taking complete advantage of some technologies with novel features like circular design patterns, interactive content layers cards, and manipulation of content.

2. Wearable Gadgets:

According to the latest data from IDC, around 492 million wearable units were sold worldwide in 2022 alone. This represents a significant increase from earlier years.

Here’s a more recent update on wearable device shipments:

  • Q3 2023: Worldwide shipments reached a record high of 148.4 million units, surpassing previous quarters even during the pandemic.
  • Year-over-year growth: Despite modest growth of 2.6% in Q3 2023 compared to Q3 2022, the overall volume remains strong.

Apple and Microsoft played a vast role in bringing the change from basic to smart wearables by introducing their Apple Watch and Microsoft Hololens respectively.

This makes these wearables one more way to improvise the human-machine relationship.

These wearables will then need to communicate with mobile applications to deliver information to any other device.

This will help in the improvement of a wide range of services in areas like sports, fitness, fashion, hobbies, and healthcare.

Hence, we can conclude that the collaboration of wearable devices with smartphones will surely influence the next generation of mobile application development strategies.

Wearable Gadgets
Source – cnet

3. Swift- The Demanding Language:

Generally, the main purpose of the Swift programming language is to increase the speed of app creation while reducing overall cost.

Swift is one of the top programming languages for mobile app development, which is used to develop iOS applications. This language offers some ravishing features, which have never been experienced by developers in other native languages.

One of the biggest highlighting features of it is Interactive Playgrounds, which allows developers to make changes to any snippet of code, without having to recompile and fix errors in order to see a result set on an emulator or device.

Swift- The Demanding Language
Source – techinbits

Some of the other highlighting features of Swift programming language are Automated Memory Management and Inferred Types.

Moreover, Apple has also introduced interoperability between the Objective-C programming language and Swift, by which developers don’t need to rewrite all of their Objective-C applications for Apple smartphones and tablets.

This language undoubtedly has great significance in the mobile application development sector today.

4. Internet of Things:

Statista estimates the number of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices worldwide reached 14.3 billion in 2022 which will include hundreds of smart objects like toys, LED light bulbs, sports equipment, domestic appliances, medical devices, and controllable power sockets, etc.

These domestic objects are said to work as a part of “the Internet of Things” and will be operated through an app on your smartphone or tablet.

Smartphones or tablets will work as a remote control system, which will display and analyze your information.

Leading organizations like Microsoft along with its enterprise software vendors like SAP, its Intelligent System Service, and its Internet of Things Solutions, have also started to apply Internet of Things capabilities to their products.

5. Artificial Intelligence:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly a well-known and globally appreciated technology, which has introduced the way of a new era of human-machine interaction.

Many leading organizations like Google are betting a lot of money on this technology along with a belief that AI is the future of the technology world.

Artificial Intelligence
Source – business

The powerful combination of AI with mobile applications is changing the face of technology and will take it to a whole new level in the coming future.

The rapid enhancement in the use of AI technology in mobile app development has shown that this technology can be used as a panacea for business growth and user engagement.

Some examples of trending mobile app technology with AI are Siri from Apple, Google Assistance, and Cortana from Microsoft.

6. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality:

Even people who don’t know much about the mobile application development industry are completely aware of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

These technologies have become very advanced in the last few years, whose result can be seen as a great revolution in the gaming and entertainment industries.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Source – scienceabc

VR Games:

  • Today, a wider range of diverse and immersive VR games exist across various genres, including:
    • Action-adventure: Half-Life: Alyx, Horizon: Call of the Mountain, Moss
    • Rhythm: Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, Audica
    • Puzzle: The Room VR: A Dark Matter, I Expect You to Die 2, A Fisherman’s Tale
    • Social: Rec Room, VRChat, Population: One

VR Devices:

  • The current market offers more advanced and powerful headsets:
    • Standalone: Meta Quest 3, Pico Neo 3 Link
    • PC-connected: Valve Index, HTC Vive Pro 2, Pimax Crystal

AR Games:

  • Pokemon Go remains a popular example, but AR gaming has diversified considerably. Games like Jurassic World Alive, The Witcher Monster Slayer, and Ingress offer unique location-based experiences.

AR Devices:

  • Smartphones and Tablets: Most AR experiences are accessible through smartphone and tablet cameras, making them widely accessible.
  • AR Glasses: Dedicated AR glasses are still under development, but companies like Meta, Apple, and Google are actively working on advanced models offering wider fields of view and improved functionalities.

The VR and AR technologies are continuously enhancing with a rapid speed and will surely go further in the coming years.

7. Cross-Platform Development:

Cross-platform applications are basically the apps that can be used on different mobile applications like Android, Windows, iOS, Blackberry, etc.

This Cross-Platform development either involves a company developing the original application on a native platform or developing the original application in a particular environment, which will then be allowed to be sent to many different native platforms.

Cross-Platform Development
Source – brillmindz

Cross-platform development tools play a very important role in the latest mobile app development trends, as they decrease costs and increase the speed of application development.

Moreover, these mobile app development tools are quite simple to use, as they are based on common programming languages such as CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

8. Cloud Computing Applications:

Cloud Computing allows the user to store information on centralized servers, which can be fetched out later temporarily on any client’s devices including desktops, notebooks, handhelds, and many other devices.

In simple words, we can say that Cloud Computing is the process where tasks and data are kept on the Internet instead of any individual device, which can be accessed afterward on demand.

 Cloud Computing Applications
Source – quotecolo

With the help of Cloud Computing, smartphone users can store a huge amount of data, without even using a single bit of their mobile space.

It can also give information about the user’s location, context, and other requested services to improve the user experience.

9. Beacon and Different Locations-Based Services:

Most of the mobile phones of the current era feature location sensor capabilities, which use various methods to show you the exact location data.

Getting the location details of an individual from some meters can be useful for delivering highly relevant contextual services. Location-based features can also be seen in Geotagging, Games, Vehicle navigation, and fitness apps.

Beacon and Different Locations- Based Services
Source – slashgear

Applications for getting indoor location use measures such as Wi-Fi, imaging, ultrasonic beacons, and geomagnetic.

Mobile applications along with the combination of precise indoor location sensing can be very helpful in enabling a new generation of extremely personalized services and information.

10. Gesture-Based Navigation in Smartphones:

Smartphones are getting compact day by day, In a recent OS update Android implanted gesture-based navigation, and Apple has been doing the same in recent years.

They are forcing smartphone manufacturers to completely get rid of navigation buttons in smartphones. So it is a good idea to make mobile apps with Gesture-Based Navigation to avoid further problems.

By staying informed about these mobile app development trends, developers can create innovative and engaging mobile apps that cater to the evolving needs of users and stay ahead of the curve in the ever-competitive mobile app market.

By Amit Gupta

Founder and CEO of SAG IPL

Amit Gupta, who is the CEO and Founder of SAG IPL, founded this company with the vision to become the #1 provider of quality-driven and cost-effective blockchain marketing and development services in the world. As a Chartered Accountant with a keen interest in software and web development, he manages a team of over 200 professionals, comprising designers, developers, and marketers, committed to delivering top-notch web, software, mobile, and blockchain solutions to clients worldwide. Linkedin


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