Mobile apps have become an integral part of our lives, with digital lifestyles becoming more common. Being able to search for and download the latest app, whether it be for business, entertainment, or something else entirely, makes for very productive, and often fun, experiences.
Through Huawei AppGallery we take a closer look at some of the app trends we need to be mindful of as 2022 kicks off
5G to drive more powerful apps
Okay, so you know that 5G is faster than anything that has come before. But beyond simply giving your video streaming apps a boost, 5G also enables faster transferring of data between devices. It also lets developers add a little bit extra to their apps as performance is given a boost. And then there are the opportunities for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps that are expected to become more commonplace in the coming months. On a more practical level, 5G will also make mobile payments quicker and more secure as biometric data for identification can be managed more seamlessly.
Mobile wallets on steroids
Mobile commerce has been booming over the past few years. Thanks to lockdown restrictions, we have all turned to food and grocery delivery apps for convenience. This reliance will continue to increase as more people in Africa realise how easy it is to quickly order meals, dog food, and pretty much everything else from their mobile devices. As part of this, mobile wallets will become more prominent. These ensure people do not have to use their credit cards or even pay with physical money at stores. Simply load up the mobile wallet and you are ready for online and offline shopping.
Whose reality is it anyway?
Then there are the aforementioned AR and VR apps on the horizon. While neither of these technologies are new, the combination of 5G and more powerful mobile devices mean superimposing computer-generated images on top of your view of reality is now, well, a reality. From interactive map overlays and virtual showrooms to massive multiplayer battles, AR transforms our experience of apps. For its part, VR can greatly enhance the shopping experience at retail stores by giving consumers the ability to ‘walk through the aisles’ even before they get to the physical stores.
Chatting up some bots
What many consider to be the bane of their existence, others view as an invaluable assistant. Chatbots have been around for a long time, but are now significantly more advanced thanks to sophisticated artificial intelligence technology. The responses from these chatbots are increasingly becoming human-like and they can be powerful allies to help people self-service everything from insurance queries to managing school appointments and other activities.
Bridging websites and apps
Progressive web apps (PWAs) can be seen as a combination of web pages and mobile apps. These apps take less time to develop as they are essentially websites with app-like functionality. By saving these ‘apps’ on your home screen, you can access them just as easily as you would a normal app. They require less loading time, do not occupy much storage space, and are more easily usable across several different devices.
Coding for all
But giving apps a boost extends beyond the likes of PWAs. Low code development will become increasingly popular. This visual approach to the development process will reinvent how apps are created. Effectively, it enables developers to create apps much faster as opposed to the weeks and months it can take to write complex code.
As the name suggests, even non-programmers can experiment with creating their own apps. For instance, with just a limited understanding of code, tech-savvy business users can try their hand at creating their own apps without having to rely solely on development teams. Even if they have absolutely zero coding knowledge, the low code approach has been designed to make it as easy as possible to learn, especially given its visual nature.
All told, 2022 is going to be a massive year for mobile apps as the combination of technology, faster connectivity, and consumer willingness to experiment make for very interesting bedfellows.
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