Mobile App Development Trends to Look Out for in 2023 | Myth Digital

Mobile App Development Trends To Look Out For In 2023

James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt Updated 9 minutes read

If you're reading this, you're most likely aware of the benefits of mobile apps for start-ups and businesses looking to transform their reach and that custom mobile app development can increase revenue and brand awareness when it's done right.

As a leading mobile app development company, we stay on top of the trends as they emerge. Mobile app development trends are always evolving, and while some of what emerges prove to be passing fads, some trends are here to stay and offer huge potential.

As we move further into 2023, the software development landscape continues to evolve, driven by emerging technologies and shifting user preferences. In this article, we will look back on the top mobile app development trends from 2022 and explore app development trends in 2023.

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2. Metaverse Applications

As the metaverse concept gains traction, mobile app developers are exploring ways to create applications that enable users to engage with virtual worlds. According to a report by Bloomberg Intelligence, the metaverse could be worth between £4.4 trillion and £6.1 trillion by 2030. Businesses can tap into this opportunity by developing mobile apps integrating with various metaverse platforms.

Technical Advice: App developers should familiarise themselves with tools and SDKs for creating metaverse experiences, such as Unity, Unreal Engine, and SpatialOS. Knowledge of 3D modelling, virtual reality, and augmented reality development will also be crucial.

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3. Edge Computing

Edge computing is set to transform mobile app development, bringing processing capabilities closer to the source of data. This technology reduces latency and enhances app performance, making it ideal for real-time applications, IoT devices, and AR/VR experiences.

Technical Advice: App developers should focus on learning edge computing frameworks like AWS Greengrass, Azure IoT Edge, and Google Cloud IoT Edge to capitalise on this trend. We're currently using Azure IoT in several of our live projects. These platforms enable seamless integration with existing cloud infrastructures and offer tools for developing, deploying, and managing edge computing applications.

4. Wearable App Development

Wearable devices are gaining traction, with the global wearable technology market projected to reach £54 billion by 2023, according to GlobalData. As a result, there is an increasing demand for mobile apps from app users that integrate with wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, to provide users with real-time data and insights.

Technical Advice: App developers should familiarise themselves with wearable app development, including platforms like watchOS for Apple Watch and Wear OS for Android devices. Knowledge of health and fitness APIs, such as Google Fit and Apple HealthKit, will also be valuable for creating apps that cater to the wearable technology market.

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5. Low to No-Code Apps

According to a report by Research and Markets, the global no-code/low-code development platform market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28.1% from 2021 to 2026. This indicates that the demand for no-code/low-code solutions will continue to rise in 2023, enabling businesses to streamline app development and reduce time-to-market.

By removing the traditional reliance on traditional app-building software and tools, tech stacks, development frameworks, and programming languages, low and no-code app development is becoming more accessible for tech ‘DIYers’ out there, utilising simple tools such as drag and drop function, all aiding rapid app development.

While low and no-code app development solutions are improving at a gradual rate, they can’t yet deliver commercial-quality apps at the level a team of professional app developers can. While you might know the basics of app development if you're wanting to develop an app that can be taken to market, low/no-code solutions may struggle with that. Make sure you know the limitation of the platform you are using to avoid costly delays to project progression and market entry. If these limitations are already challenging at prototyping phase, it would be worth chatting to a mobile development agency about the other options for early-stage testing.

6. Serverless Functions

As businesses continue to adopt cloud solutions, serverless architecture is becoming increasingly popular. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the global serverless architecture market is projected to grow from £6.29 billion in 2021 to £16.6 billion by 2026. This approach allows developers to build and run applications without managing infrastructure, resulting in reduced development time and operational costs. As a leading app development agency, we primarily use Azure Functions for serverless architecture on most of our projects when it makes sense for the project. We prefer developing projects in .Net Core to avoid vendor lock and ensure our clients invest in a proprietary product with intellectual property.

Technical Advice:
App developers should familiarise themselves with serverless computing platforms like Azure Functions, AWS Lambda and Google Cloud Functions, which enable the development of scalable and efficient applications.

7. Beacon Technology

Beacon technology is gaining traction in industries such as retail, hospitality, and events, offering businesses new opportunities for location-based marketing and personalised user experiences. According to Allied Market Research, the global Bluetooth beacons market is expected to reach £49.56 billion by 2026. We are currently developing a project that utilises Beacon Technology, and it will be released soon, showcasing our expertise in this innovative field.

Technical Advice: App developers should explore beacon platforms like Apple's iBeacon and Google's Eddystone, along with relevant APIs and SDKs, to integrate beacon technology into mobile apps and deliver targeted content, promotions, and notifications to users based on their location.

8. Omnichannel Mobile Experiences

As customers expect seamless experiences across multiple channels, businesses must adopt an omnichannel approach to mobile app development. This strategy involves creating a consistent user experience across various platforms, such as websites, mobile apps, and social media, to engage customers more effectively and drive brand loyalty.

Technical Advice: App developers should leverage platforms and tools that facilitate cross-platform app development, such as React Native and Flutter, which enable the creation of high-quality applications for both iOS and Android devices. Hybrid apps using Ionic are also an alternative to cross-platform.

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James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt