Mobile application development trends in 2019
As the New Year’s Eve has passed, developers are coming back to work, curious what new trends will they have to watch out for this year. Here are some Nextrope’s predictions on what year 2019 is likely to bring into mobile development:
Bottom navigation menus
In late 2018 Apple introduced its 3 new iPhone models, all of them without the home button. As seen with the example of headphone jack, this feature is not likely to come back in the following models. This means a few things for mobile app developers. With the bottom space of the phone freed up, manufacturers are trying to put even larger displays in their phones. Resulting in that, developers will have much more room to play with.
Another interesting trend is the growing preference for the bottom navigation systems, where until now most of the Android phones utilised a top navigation system. WIth the growing abandonment of home button in most of modern smartphones, developers will likely be seen or even demanded to compensate for that with some form of navigational instruments in the bottom part of the screen.
Another trend that is going to be even further developed is the crucial functionality of swiping. Due to the mentioned disappearance of home button, users are becoming much more open to learning new swiping gestures which would compensate their old habits of pressing the physical button. How developers could make use of that is by introducing even more gestures, which do not have to be as simple as they used to be. Want your user to move to the very last view with one swipe, instead of swiping them one by one in a scroll view? As users are aware that they are living in the period of adjustment after the loss of home button, year 2019 is likely to bring many innovative solutions to that.
When Facebook introduced chatbot functionality into messenger, they eventually became perceived as a useful functionality, rather than a mere geek toy. This year we believe even more applications are going to attempt to make use of that, as they solve many of the else wise human related tasks. Need to consult your reservation of your Broadway ticket? Don’t wait until someone replies to your email, text the chatbot instead, as they might help you just as good as a human assistant.
In 2019 get ready to integrate even more Augmented Reality features into your apps. As Apple unveiled ARKit 2, it is going to be even more common to encounter AR elements in everyday mobile apps.
As the before mentioned home button ends its career in phone industry, the new technology supposed to replace it is Facial Recognition. With the growing number of both back and front facing cameras in mobile devices, this technology becomes a safe and easy way of validating transactions, unlocking your phone and many more.
Face recognition might be further improved by adding various gestures to it. Just as users are going to swipe more in the future apps, so are they going to utilise various gestures. With the precision of facial recognition nowadays, users could easily navigate menus and even handle simple on screen decisions, only by the means of their facial expressions.
The growing popularity of Amazon’s Alexa and other voice assistants opens up a great number of possibilities for mobile developers. Adding to that, the growing community of smart speaker users is starting to expect voice commands in their mobile devices. This means not only improvements from the side of the software manufacturers as Google or Apple, but from the developers standpoint as well. As UX pays crucial role in modern mobile development, implementation of useful voice commands can became crucial in successful marketing of future apps.