The mobile app market continues to evolve based on both technological advancements and consumer demand. Keeping an eye on where the market is headed can be key to spotting new opportunities and staying ahead of the competition, so we’ve put together a list of the 2023 trends we anticipate in mobile app development.

Top 10 Mobile App Development Trends for 2023

1. AI-Integrated Apps

Artificial intelligence, or AI, refers to using sophisticated computer algorithms for decision-making based on data from the real world. Techniques such as machine learning are making their way into apps to power all kinds of features, including automatic image manipulation and recognition, navigation, shopping recommendations, and more. Increasingly, it is being used in commercial apps to deliver a more personalized user experience.

2. Voice Interaction and Chatbots

Related to the proliferation of AI, virtual assistants based on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa will be developed for specific apps to allow users to navigate them via voice. As AI helps apps better understand natural language, users will also be able to carry out text conversations with the app via built-in chatbots that can learn from the user’s requests.

3. Edge Computing

Edge computing can be seen as a way to address the latency issues that came with cloud-based computing infrastructures in the era of mass mobile adoption. With edge computing, the processing work is done near the actual data source (the network’s ‘edge’, so to speak, rather than the central server).

Developments in edge computing reduce latency and help make all kinds of remote devices such as self-driving vehicles, drones, wearable smart devices, IoT gadgets, and others faster and more reliable. Many tech companies are investing in edge computing to try and capture this market advantage for their products.

4. VR and AR on Mobile

Virtual reality (VR) on mobile has undergone significant developments over the last few years. The previous avenue of strapping a smartphone in front of your eyes via a peripheral such as Google Cardboard has proven to be a dead end, but many of the most popular standalone VR headsets, such as the Meta Quest series, use the same mobile chipsets and operating systems that power smartphones. With Apple also working on their own headset series, virtual reality software development remains very relevant in the mobile world.

ARKit and ARCore brought augmented reality (AR) to the mobile mainstream, with many apps taking advantage of layering computer graphics over the real world for gaming, navigation, and shopping, and more. Augmented reality app development is exploring commercial opportunities, such as allowing users to preview furniture placements using their phones, or collecting objects for the Web3 metaverse.

5. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Speaking of Web3, many thought leaders expect that blockchain will be one of the pillars of this next phase of the internet, with cryptocurrencies and NFTs forming the basis of a new digital economy. In the business world, blockchain is also being used to organize logistics, automate contracts, and speed up international transactions.

To that end, blockchain development and cryptocurrency development have become part of the mobile app sector, creating apps that can interact with the blockchain and facilitate cryptocurrency transactions.

6. 5G Connectivity

The next-generation network will represent a huge upgrade in data speed, capacity, and reliability. This should facilitate the implementation of demanding mobile services such as VR, AR, autonomous vehicles, smart devices, and other technologies that are currently limited by the network speed of 4G. The capacity to exchange much larger amounts of data at fast speeds is going to be a big technological jump, just as previous network connectivity upgrades enabled new trends such as video streaming to smartphones. If you want to future-proof your next mobile app, make sure it can take advantage of 5G.

7. Apps for Wearables

Wearable tech such as fitness trackers or more sophisticated smartwatches are seeing greater adoption and becoming more important, for example, in the field of healthcare technology. This is tied to the development of AR, AI, and edge computing, with developers working to make these devices more capable and reliable.

8. E-Commerce for Mobile (M-Commerce)

Online shopping has increasingly moved to mobile, with B2C and B2B commerce increasingly taking place via mobile apps. Offering your products via apps can improve the customer experience, but also drive conversion and retention rates, making e-commerce development one of the most in-demand skills for mobile apps.

9. On-Demand Apps

On-demand everything from video streaming and food delivery to transportation has surged as customers have embraced a new level of convenience in their lives. As more businesses adopt the on-demand model, companies are hiring app developers to help them enhance their services.

10. Mobile Apps Built For The Future

As you might have realized, 2023 trends in mobile app development will leverage a combination of emerging technologies to provide a better user experience than ever before. Companies should be taking advantage of these now to make sure that their product stays competitive.

AccelOne’s US-Nearshore Software development team is experienced in developing secure and user-friendly mobile apps that complement a web solution or standalone. To learn more about how we can create the best mobile app to boost your business, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

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