Today, mobile is fundamentally transforming business models, operating models, and marketplaces, at a very surprising rate.
According to a forecast from Statista on mobile users worldwide from 2019 to 2023, the number of users will increase to 7.33 billion world-wide.
In mobile development the two operating systems that dominate are Android and iOS. "Both unveiled in 2007, Google Android and Apple iOS have advanced their software over the years and provide regular updates to their operating systems. Google’s latest release is simply called Android 10. In September 2018, Apple released the twelfth version of its operating system (iOS 12) and it was running on 88 percent of Apple mobile devices as of August 2019. In the fall of 2019, Apple released iOS 13 along with iPadOS – a new mobile operating system developed specifically for iPads." (https://www.statista.com/statistics/272698/global-market-share-held-by-mobile-operating-systems-since-2009/)
In order for companies to stay competitive, they absolutely need to invest in software engineering for mobile apps and be ahead on the trends.
In this article, we’ll talk about mobile development in 2020 and what the new year promises. After an in-depth analysis of the mobile app industry, our Android developers have come up with the top mobile application development trends for 2020.
1. Android Jetpack
Jetpack is a suite of libraries, tools, and guidance to help developers write high-quality apps easier. These components help you follow best practices, free you from writing boilerplate code, and simplify complex tasks, so you can focus on the code you care about. Jetpack comprises the androidx.* package libraries, unbundled from the platform APIs. This means that it offers backward compatibility and is updated more frequently than the Android platform, making sure you always have access to the latest and greatest versions of the Jetpack components.
2. Building Apps for Foldable
With more and more smartphone manufacturers coming up with foldable OLED displays, the operating systems are getting ready to make use of this technology to improve smartphone experiences. Google, in 2018, officially announced the foldable support on Android phones by using its ‘screen continuity’ API.
Some of the most popular Android apps, like Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, have already been optimized for Galaxy Fold.
Since ‘foldable phone’ is going to be the next buzzword in the year 2020, you need to plan out your mobile app development strategy in a way that it runs seamlessly on foldable devices.
3. Medical Technology
Consumer tech giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft grabbed headlines with platforms that enable more health and fitness app development, while several traditional medical device companies launched notable apps as we speak.
This says a lot about the attention that the field of medicine is giving on present technology. Already, diagnostic tools provided by wearable tech excise the need to go to a clinic to confirm a patient’s state of health, for example.
More personalized treatment, on the other hand, can be provided with the help of machine learning applications. Virtual nursing through chatbots makes information and communication easily accessible to patients and doctors alike.