Expert Interview: Mobile App Development Trends in 2021

Technology is changing at a rapid pace. From big data, AI, ML, Blockchain to IoT, technology is evolving and transforming mobile app development. The key to success is meeting the pace of change to deliver breakthrough and innovative mobile app solutions for your customers.

The year 2020 and COVID 19 changed the perceptions of people. Technology, particularly mobile applications transformed the way people survived during the pandemic and stayed connected amidst lockdown. The line between online and offline is becoming less blurred as time goes on.

When it comes to technology innovation, it is important to adapt for longevity with an understanding of both today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities. It requires an appreciation to drive change with a focus on incremental progress. Systems are becoming more capable and more integrated into the world around.

In this interview post, Parmesh Shah, VP, Sales & Marketing at Hidden Brains provides valuable insights on technology trends that are likely to dominate 2021. He discusses how technology-driven transformation will enable systems to understand the context and meet user needs.

Key Takeaways

  • Mobile Application Development Trends for 2021
  • Role of Mobile Applications on Users
  • Cross-Platform App Development will be the Way Ahead
  • Importance of Mobile App Development in New Normal

Parmesh Shah also provides valuable insights on

  • How Hidden Brains stays updated with the latest trends
  • Key differentiators that set Hidden Brains apart as a successful mobile service provider
  • Challenges amidst the new normal in 2021

What will be key mobile application development trends 2021?

Mobile apps are a valuable technological innovation that has changed how we work, shop, and communicate. Over the years, mobile apps have evolved, with each year introducing new trends and changes.

During 2019 and 2020 many technological advancements influenced the mobile development landscape, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud-native apps, virtual and augmented reality, 5G connectivity, and much more.

Below are the mobile app development trends that will be on demand

  • Artificial Intelligence: Chatbots and Voice Assistants
  • Instant Apps
  • Hybrid mobile app development frameworks
  • Blockchain and decentralized apps
  • IoT and connectivity Apps
  • VUI (Voice User Interfaces) apps
  • Beacons Technology

Which mobile application development trends you feel will impact work or have a bigger influence on the users?

When we first think about AI, virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa come to mind. However, the use cases go far and beyond this for app development.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning both penetrated mobile app development years ago. But we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface with how these advanced technologies can be used.

Last year, Apple released Core ML 3. This latest version of the iOS machine learning framework was built to help developers embed AI technology into their apps.

Examples of AI features that can be implemented into a mobile app include:

  • Image recognition
  • Face detection
  • Text and image classification
  • Sentiment recognition and classification
  • Speech recognition
  • Predictive maintenance

Artificial intelligence can make apps smarter, and ultimately improve the performance at every level. From the backend development process to the frontend user experience, AI will change the way apps are built-in 2021.

What kind of device/platform will be the next big thing? Why?

Cross-platform mobile app development allows speeding up the development process and reducing costs.

These two main advantages make this area extremely popular, ensuring its continuous growth in recent years. Cross-platform development tools allow creating apps for multiple mobile platforms at once.

When writing code, third-party programming languages are used, and in the end, the code is compiled into a native app for each OS.

The top cross-platform mobile app development frameworks include:

  • React Native
  • Flutter
  • Xamarin
  • NativeScript
  • Ionic

How do you think mobile app development has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on human lives, businesses, and livelihood. It has tried and tested many countries to their limits and changed the way we live and work.

At a time of crisis like this, opportunities arise rapidly in different sectors of the economy. The mobile app industry is one of such industries currently benefiting from the coronavirus pandemic.

A crisis as grave as the coronavirus pandemic has yielded opportunities in the following industries:

  • Education
  • Social Networking
  • Delivery
  • Healthcare and Telemedicine
  • Video Calling Apps

How do you think Hidden Brains stays updated with the latest trends?

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Hidden Brains took it as an opportunity and started working on niche technology such as AI/ML, Web RTC, VoIP Calling, and Telemedicine applications. Hidden Brains is always prepared to work with the latest trending technology like IoT, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Chat Bots, and CryptoCurrency and delivered several products in these technologies.

What makes Hidden Brains InfoTech a successful mobile service provider of the industry?

Hidden Brains is always ready with the challenges and ready to adopt new technologies and approaches. Hidden Brains is working with various types of domains like e-commerce, mCommerce, blockchain, machine learning, chatbots. Hidden Brains not only works with Native Apps but also works with cross-platform apps development like ionic, React Native, PWA, Unity 3D, Xamarin, etc.

What challenges do you expect the industry to face in 2021 amidst the new normal?

The coronavirus pandemic emerged as the biggest inflection point for the business. For the corporates, work-from-home and remote workers became the new normal and for the professionals, online learning and digital skills took center stage

Challenges such as faster product delivery, robust security and go to market strategy would be there in the new normal. As people are working from home, they need faster access to their work and business through digital platforms. Thus faster turnaround or ready-made products/ solutions will emerge from this need.

Hidden Brains team thanks Parmesh Shah for contributing time and sharing valuable insights on trends related to mobile app development services that will define 2021. Stay tuned to this space for more interviews and discussions in the future.