The mobile application development industry is at the forefront of adopting new technologies in the most innovative ways.
Most mobile app development trends in 2022 revolve around making user experience flexible and assuring accessibility across multiple devices. Let’s look at some interesting developments that will possibly help developing mobile applications take flight in 2022:
5G to transform the world
If your web browser takes a few more seconds that you would like it to not take, 5G is here to provide you with all the answers. 5G being the 5th iteration of mobile networks, seeks to provide ultra-low latency when it comes to browsing. It comes with more reliability and a very huge network capacity.
5G is set to be more than 10x faster than 4G – this means that streaming platforms will see a drastic improvement in quality-of-life change, where the low latency will lead to much higher resolution and stability. Experiencing Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will become very immersive with the above-mentioned low latency and high network speed. Higher speeds of connectivity would inevitably lend a helping hand to integrating these technologies into our everyday lives. Mobile app transactions are also bound to see a massive boost in speed, as biometric data for verification will become quicker and more efficient.
Below are the statistics for 5G’s global adoption in the year of 2022, according to Statista:
As per Statista in 2022, more than 1.2 billion inter-connected wearable technology is going to be produced. Besides wearable technology, there has been a comeback with foldable technology in recent years. Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X and the new Motorola Razr incorporate foldable technology to give users the malleability to be able to change the size of their workspace even while in transit. This means that traditional applications such as video streaming and gaming will be changed wherein more control and information can be fit in the screen to give the user better control. Statista predicts that foldable devices production will go up to 50 million units in 2022.
DevOps & CI/CD will Continue Blooming
Rapid application development continues to be a sought-out methodology for the mobile industry. As continuous integration (CI) & continuous delivery (CD) are followed in any large-scale app development process, they allow developers to identify, and rectify bugs almost instantly. The need of the hour is to be able to create a development culture where the changes to code are much faster and reliable. This is achieved through automated tests that constantly run in the background, making the overall application development process smooth.
DevOps helps to increase operational efficiency, mitigate risks and to have a continuous feedback loop. This helps in monitoring the CI/CD pipeline and ascertaining what kind of observability solutions can be applied. Observability solutions help to give testers a better look into the security and integrity of mobile applications throughout the software development life cycle. These solutions help to set markers in both pre-production and post-production so that risks are mitigated and feedback loops are closed quicker and in a more efficient way.
How are Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) being used?
There has been a steady adoption of AR and VR that is seen across various industries including e-commerce, gaming, social media, lifestyle and medicine.
LiDAR is turning out to be a game-changing technology for AR and VR. LiDAR stands for “light detection and ranging”. It is and is also called laser scanning or 3D scanning where the technology uses eye-safe laser beams in order to create a comprehensive 3D representation of a surveyed environment.
Apple used this feature in their iPhones, and recently partnered up with Ikea to use Lidar technology through their Studio Mode feature. This immensely helped Ikea in creating augmented realities for their purchase processes. Customers could point their device to a specific place in their house and the LiDAR technology would render a scalable furniture model at their home.
L’Oreal has virtual makeup apps that use AR to enable customers make informed purchases online. Google Maps has released “Live view”, where the camera can use real-time GPS and world-imagery to figure out exactly where a user is. Micro-LiDAR technology is used in vehicles in order to provide drivers a safer parking experience.
The application of VR and AR, along with all the other trends will surely lead to a number of changes for the mobile app development industry.
Revitalizing Mobile App Testing
Along with a slew of new technologies being adopted for mobile app testing, there are number of things that are going to be at the forefront of the mobile app testing industry:
- The adoption of wearable and foldable devices brings into question the testing process for devices that are connected on the Internet of Things (IoT). This is where newer and more complicated error instances arise wherein the testers are to capture bugs and use adaptive testing approaches all the way from testing security, usability and performance of mobile apps.
- Cloud-based testing is going to be the go-to methodology for most mobile app testers. In contrast to having on-premise or virtual devices, it is the easiest to leverage the cloud to maintain a unified repository. It is both cost-effective, and seamless. Testers can use the cloud to test mobile applications across various devices and platforms.
The world of mobile application development is one that is constantly changing and evolving, as new technologies and trends are permeating the industry. Consumers are demanding mobile application that can make their daily tasks simpler.
Developers need to keep up with the trends to be able to satisfy new customer aspirations. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are improving the accuracy to incorporate customer recommendations.
Quick-access biometrics for mobile payments are bound to get even quicker as mobile wallet penetration rate in applications are set to increase in the coming years. Indium Software provides mobile app testing services to ensure performance, compatibility & UI/UX across the board.
We are focusing on mobile app testing. Maybe we can discuss the role of mobile app testing in mobile app development, its importance, how it’s emerging – some statistics. If we want to cite the contribution of mobile games to the total mobile app market, we should write how advancement in games is bringing to the fore new app testing challenges, forcing companies to adopt new tactics for testing, thus giving rise to new trends.
Based in Bangalore, Adhithya Shankar is a B.A Journalism Honors graduate from Christ (deemed to be University). He is aspiring to complete his higher studies in Mass Communication and Media, alongside pursuing a career in music and entertainment.