Mobile and Web Application Development: Current Applications and Emerging Technologies You Need to Know

The possibilities of mobile and web app development to service users continue to evolve as new smartphone, and computer technologies emerge. Not long ago, the latest mobile technology came in the form of trendy flip phones like the Motorola Razr or convenient text messaging functionality of phones like the Sidekick

As we enter the 2020s, we have witnessed new computer technologies once imagined only in Hollywood films become a reality. Whether it’s asking your virtual assistant, Alexa, to tell you the weather outside or entering a virtual reality with an Oculus headset, stay on top of emerging technologies in application development, or how current applications may evolve in the near future. 

What is Application Development?

Application development is the creation, building, and launching of software applications or computer programs. Application development can have a wide range of definitions. Still, in terms of web and mobile application development, it encompasses the process from start to finish of creating, designing, prototyping, and testing software to perform its purpose. For instance, you can review our 10-step mobile application development guide to learn each step of the mobile application development process. 

Codesmith has elevated the fragmented development process for web and mobile applications to achieve a codified, efficient, and comprehensive service for our clients. Most app development shops rely on outsourced, freelanced development support to create subpar applications with conflated budgets. 

We have a different approach. Each of our application development projects starts with a market viability test performed by a specified business analyst. We want to investigate the competition and determine how to create an application that is superior and profitable. If it meets our criteria, we assign a complete development team, including QA Specialist and Technical Project Manager, to manage budgets and streamline development operations. 

Since we have a diverse network of top development talent, we can assign the right developer to projects that align with their specialties. Once your application is ready to launch, our digital marketing team can optimize your application to reach your target audience, increase mobile installs, and increase mobile conversion rates.  

We prioritize mobile app development risk management and delivering applications that meet our clients’ needs. If you are interested in a free market viability assessment and application consultation, fill out our application development questionnaire to get started with your project. 

Current Mobile and Web Development Application Features

Before we get into emerging technologies that will shape mobile and web app development, let’s review some of our favorite current features that are shaping consumer expectations:

1. Voice Technology

Voice technology has become an essential feature for mobile, web, and home devices. There are nearly 128 million monthly active users in the United States who use voice assistants. Voice search has become a popular feature for Amazon products and Google applications. It is a quick, hands-free solution to shop for products or find out the information you would like to know. 

Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa uses predictive machine learning to interact with applications using voice alone. We see voice technology only starting as more and more applications utilize VUIs to develop deeper user experiences. 

2. Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication is a revolutionary new feature for devices and applications. Users can access their phone or log in to an app using facial recognition or other forms of authentication instead of a password. It is not only a practical data security feature, but it also contributes to a frictionless user experience. 

Biometrics are not only more convenient but also more secure than conventional passwords. There have been numerous high-profile security breaches from hackers accessing usernames and passwords. Instead of juggling multiple login credentials, people can simply and securely access their apps with biometric authentication.

Popular biometric authentication methods include:

  • Facial recognition
  • Fingerprint recognition
  • Eye recognition 
  • Voice recognition 

3. GeoLocation-Based Apps

GPS isn’t only for getting directions to your buddy’s house or finding a new Italian place to eat. GPS software is an essential tool and component for many mobile applications. There are many different applications mobile app developers can use GPS to create compelling user experiences and functionality. 

For instance, DoorDash allows users to track the progress of their order and their driver’s location. Dating apps such as Tinder or Hinge use geolocations to find suitors for users within a confined radius. Major retailers such as Walmart and Target use geolocations to help customers find the nearest store or delivery location for added convenience. There are endless applications for geolocation apps

5 Emerging Technologies for Mobile and Web Application Development

The future is just around the corner. Emerging technologies will transform web and mobile applications. Let’s discuss some of the most exciting technologies that will soon become the norm for application development. 

1. 5G

5G technology is the latest telecommunication network that will expand mobile and web app possibilities. It has significantly faster connection speeds, between 1.6 and 15.7 times faster than 4G. Moving from 3G to 4G allowed expanded capabilities for mobile data and applications, but it still struggles to deliver consistent mobile functionality. 

Once 5G becomes the norm, the gaming industry will be able to run functional mobile versions of popular apps like Fortnite. In addition to more responsive and faster internet speeds, 5G will allow for more capable data processing to open a whole new spectrum of video and virtual reality applications.

2. Virtual and Augmented Reality

Facebook recently announced a huge rebrand and changed its name to Meta. The social media company titan certainly is banking on the new virtual and augmented reality capabilities that have just begun to emerge. 

VR and AR have had successful applications in the gaming industry, but that is only the beginning. As many students experienced lessons online through Zoom during the pandemic, VR and AR have huge market potential to enter the educational space. Retailers can launch virtual stores, and users can try on items using VR devices. There are even virtual horse racing and virtual marketplaces like Decentraland. Metaverse Group purchased a digital patch of land in Decentraland for an astounding $2.43!

VR and AR are rising trends for not only high-quality gaming apps but a plethora of other mobile applications. Statista even predicts the global AR and VR market will reach $209 billion by 2022

3. Instant Apps

Instant apps will save users space, and they are incredibly user-friendly. They require no downloading and feature quicker load times. They also allow users to access specific components of an app. Since users can use a module without a technical download, they work similarly to mobile browsers. Although they are only available for Android, we suspect iOS will soon adopt instant apps in the near future.

4. Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology has a ton of buzz right now, and it’s the foundation of the booming cryptocurrency industry. Bitcoin was created using blockchain technology, and it aimed to solve a huge issue: centralized storage. Blockchains allow transparent data storage and efficient movement of data executed through contracts. 

Blockchains stores information electronically and securely transfers data using decentralized records of transactions. Although blockchain technology is currently storing money, it will become the foundation of data storage for mobile apps. Since blockchain technology requires no third party to record and transfer data securely, it has enormous potential for mobile applications. 

Blockchains will help solve in-app purchase issues and develop more cost-effective advertising models for companies to run ad campaigns. The decentralized system also reduces system crashes, and data processing in multiple locations results in more reliable infrastructure. 

5. Enterprise Mobile Apps

Although there are currently many enterprise application development challenges, B2B apps for large companies are inevitably becoming a massive trend in application development. App developers earn more for enterprise applications compared to consumer-focused apps. As we’ve shifted to more remote work and collaboration, enterprise organizations require apps to help track progress and KPIs and move along projects internally. 

We can expect many revolutionary innovations to emerge from enterprise applications to elevate user experiences. They can leverage Internet of Things (IoT) data with mobile apps and seamlessly integrate activity across devices. Companies will also utilize chatbots for consumer-focused apps to coordinate customer support queries.  

Codesmith: Where Ideas Are Developed

We are a mobile app development company that provides comprehensive web and mobile app development services and IT staffing solutions. Learn more about us, and if you have an idea, we’d love to hear about it! Every mobile or web application starts with an idea. Tell us about yours and schedule a free consultation and market viability test to see how we can help.