Tech trends to look forward to in 2021?
Studies have shown that over 75% of users decide the credibility of a business based on its website’s design. As the pandemic has pushed the world to go completely online; having a brilliant website has become more important than ever before for every thriving business. The role of a web developer has gone beyond simply coding and designing the layout of the website, but it now involves creating a more user-friendly interface that will attract potential clients. The same holds true for mobile applications, with over 179 billion applications downloaded per year by users.
Let’s take a look at some Web-Mobile App development trends that are set to be game-changers this year:
Computers scan and collect data, analyze it and respond to our actions; Artificial Intelligence is not just a dream of the future anymore but a reality today. Whether you talk about Apple’s Siri or Google’s voice assistant, newer trends in SEO or gaming; AI has taken the technological world by storm and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. The application of AI in web development will make a business aware of customer preferences in terms of the kind of products, time of purchase, and client habits; thereby helping to predict their future choices.
The last decade saw users shifting from Personal Computers to smartphones, as smartphones became the new tool for work as well as personal networking. And smart wearable devices connected to smartphones were in turn popularised. Apple watches and other android smartwatches are not just limited to health tracking but they can answer calls and control music. As per reports, the demand for wearable smart devices is all set to grow significantly, and along with it the demand for supported apps. The smart wearables that we talk about here will go beyond just watches and will include smart jewelry, display devices, and on-body healthcare sensors.
Internet of Things(IoT)
“Ok Google, switch off the kitchen lights!”; sound familiar? Something that seemed like a farfetched idea, the Internet of Things is now a reality that we’re all part of. The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors and software that connect and exchange data with other devices over the internet. These may include domestic appliances, lights, toys, medical devices, and sports equipment. Already widely applied in the arenas of home automation(smart homes) and remote health monitoring; the IoT will most likely permeate every aspect of our lives soon.
The promotion of a cashless economy, the world over and in India coupled with the need for no-touch payments brought on by the pandemic has made each one of us resort to mobile payments. Google Pay, Amazon Pay, Phone pay; each one of us uses at least one mobile payment app that we feel gives us the most secure and loyal transactions. Along with this, as the world went under lockdowns, customers turned to e-commerce, and even more so m-commerce as shopping on our mobile phone apps is much more convenient than browsing a website. The retail industry took a bad hit and we can all agree when we say that online shopping is the future, without a doubt. According to some reports, over 72% of global sales could happen through m-commerce in the coming years, and hence having a great mobile app through which customers can shop has become as important as having a website for every business, or even more.
Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulated experience that allows the user to interact within an artificial 3D environment with the help of special tools such as goggles. We’ve all experienced VR in video games where we can move around and interact with others in the gaming world. All of us primarily looked at it as ‘something fun’! But Virtual, Augmented and Mixed reality can have important real-world applications in medical/military training and education. Not only this, the technology has found its applications in the treatment of anxiety disorders and even Alzheimer’s and will continue to broaden its scope in the coming future.
These are just a few aspects of what the future has in store for developers. Other trends such as the growth of Python, Self-creating sites, biometric authentication, and 5G technology present intriguing opportunities for companies as well as developers. Exciting and constantly evolving; the field of web and mobile application development is paving a path for technological advancement and will continue to do so.