What are the trends in Android app development services?
As per Google figures, even in 2019 there were approximately 2.5 billion active Android devices in the world. By 2021, the mobile app market revenue is expected to reach $693 billion. By that standard, the Android app development services industry has matured quite a lot.
Still, just like any other branch of software development, Android app development services are constantly evolving with new trends shaping up and older trends either taking deep roots or waning.
Let us find out what are the latest trends in Android app development services.
Building Android apps for foldable mobile phones and tablets
Multiple companies are launching foldable OLED displays. After launching a foldable mobile phone, Samsung claims that many popular Android apps such as Twitter, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video and Microsoft Office have already been optimized for their Galaxy Fold mobile phone.
Unfolding a device creates a larger screen. This is a benefit because then the mobile apps can use a larger area. It is also a challenge because instead of building different apps for foldable screens and conventional screens, Android app developers need to build apps that seamlessly adjust according to the condition of the screen or the size of the screen.
The traditional software and web applications already scale according to the screen size but for mobile apps, for many years, it has been assumed that they need to adjust according to the vertically elongated screen dimension.
All the major Android app development services and agencies are bracing for these new foldable devices, although, it isn’t yet sure whether they’re going to catch on or not.
Now, this is quite an interesting idea. Right now, when you want to try out a new Android app, you first need to install it on your device and then use it. Many mobile users don’t want to use that because it messes up with their system and consequently, they end up not using apps that they would have otherwise used.
With instant apps, users can get a first-hand experience of the mobile app without installing it. Users don’t have to install extra software to be able to use the “instant apps” feature. In most of the contemporary Android devices, if you go to Settings and then “Google”, you can turn on the instant app feature.
Android Studio easily allows you to create instant apps either from scratch or turn existing apps into instant apps.
This trend is fast catching up because it allows users to get a real sense of the mobile app without going through the trouble of installing it.
The increasing use of chatbots
According to Gartner, by 2022, businesses will be saving to the tune of $ 8 billion by using chatbots instead of human support providers.
Chatbots can solve many purposes. They can act as educators. They can help you buy if you require more information. And of course, they can provide support in case you are having some trouble with your product or service.
Many chatbot applications use artificial intelligence to build their own repositories of questions and answers. Even previously unanswered questions can be accurately responded to. In most of the contemporary, mainstream mobile apps, chat bots come integrated.
As a premier mobile app development agency, we have been helping many of our clients incorporate AI-powered chatbots into their existing as well new mobile apps.
Flutter from Google
Although all the mobile apps functioning in the Google ecosystem are developed on Android, the company has launched a UI toolkit that enables you to build natively compiled applications, web applications and even desktop applications, for multiple platforms including Android and iOS.
Flutter is an open source user interface software development kit. It works almost everywhere. With it you can develop applications for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Google Fuchsia and browsers using a single code base.
On demand apps
Have you used Uber, lately? Or any of those food delivery apps? Such apps have flooded the marketscape especially after Covid-19, because people don’t want to go out and instead, want items delivered at their doorstep. On demand apps can be used for grocery delivery, fast food delivery, catering services, housekeeping services, general delivery like courier, maintenance services, maid and driver services, and of course, cab services.
The good thing about on demand applications is that they can automatically detect the user location and suggest the best possible delivery services within the area. For example, if you want to order food, based on your location, your food delivery on demand mobile app can make suggestions according to the feedback received from other users.
A greater number of companies are building various on demand Android apps for the times when a major part of the global population is confined to homes and finds it difficult to move out.
Mobile wallets and digital wallets
This is another area where the latest trends in Android app development services are seeing a significant influence. By 2022, transactions worth $13,979 billion will be happening through digital wallets (source).
This may also be due to the fact that World Health Organization declared that currency notes and coins can help spread the epidemic. There is greater human-to-human contact when people use convention means to make and accept payments. Digital wallets are safer. No contact is needed. Payments can be made remotely within a couple of seconds. All e-commerce mobile apps these days come with digital wallets. They may have their own digital wallets where you can store money for quick purchases, or they can use the mainstream mobile wallets such as Google Pay.