Mobile application trends have been dominating the information technology landscape for many years. This will be no different in 2023, with an increasing number of smart solutions aimed at delivering a stronger user experience at the lowest possible development cost. We’ve put together a list of 15+1 software development trends that will dominate in 2023.
Average mobile usage is 3 hours a day, which is an awful lot of time. Companies would like to have a few minutes of that time to themselves, which is why they need to keep coming up with new developments. If they don't follow the trends, competition is likely to step in sooner or later.
And the competition is fierce. Statistics show growth in gaming apps, fintech apps and e-commerce apps too.
Let's see the TOP 15+1 software development trends for next year!
The progressive web app, or PWA, has already increased its popularity in 2022 compared to the native mobile app category, and next year will be no different. PWA is an important and defining trend for both the B2B and B2C sectors, with many advantages. Platform independence, push notifications, fast loading speed, offline use, no need to download, easy SEO, storage efficiency, storage space, capacity, etc…
One of the flagship trends in application development is the spread of IoT. The so-called Internet of Things is increasingly permeating our daily lives both at home and in the office. Think of smart home solutions, remote control, or industrial examples such as the networking and operation of machines in a factory. These can make processes much faster and more efficient.
The number of wearable devices is increasing year after year, with more and more people wearing smart watches, bracelets, etc. This is a specific trend in custom software development that will continue to be a major focus.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are gaining more and more ground every year. Intelligent assistants are watching over homes, but the tools from both fields can be applied to automation, personalisation, big data, and security. How can AI and ML become useful tools? Think of chatbot systems, logistics applications, maintenance applications, automated warehouses, predictive analytics, voice, and facial recognition systems, etc.
The extension of the real world into virtual space is now part of our everyday lives, for example, shoppers can easily try on a pair of glasses or a dress online. This trend is here to stay for the next year and will continue to conquer more and more sectors, from tourism to fashion.
The expansion of e-commerce has also had an impact on the market for applications and custom software development, with the importance of M-commerce growing in both the B2C and B2B segments. The customer experience is improving, mobile is always at hand - enough to make M-commerce more popular.
As the number and complexity of applications grow, it is increasingly clear that without proper integration, it is easy to lose control. Therefore, the aim is to make apps more interoperable, making it easier to switch between apps and modules. Functionality and seamless integration are therefore key focuses of development.
Modern app development is based on the right network, which 5G can provide. It is simply a basic requirement for high-performance apps, speeding up communication between devices, and making it safer and more efficient.
Gamification is not a new trend, but while it has been handled in the B2C context, it is now becoming more and more relevant in the B2B context too. It helps employees to adopt digitalisation developments more easily within the company.
Blockchain is a trend that is most relevant for the services sector, as it significantly increases the security of online payments. Decentralised data storage makes it more difficult for hackers to access sensitive data.
A popular trend for 2023 is serverless architecture, which allows applications to be built without considering the underlying infrastructure.
Foldable devices are enjoying a renaissance, the reason being that we want to watch audiovisual content in as large a format as possible, but no one wants to run around with huge phones and tablets. The solution is owning a foldable device.
The rise of voice control and voice assistance is predicted in the coming year. Voice search will make navigation much simpler, faster access to information and simple actions.
Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for years and 2023 will be no different. As the flood of technological innovation increases, so will the need for security improvements. This is an area that is changing and evolving rapidly, which is no wonder as cybercrime techniques are becoming more sophisticated.
The dark mode is favoured because it is easier on the eyes, which tire more slowly. In addition to Android and iOS, more and more apps are offering dark mode to benefit users.
Thanks to new technologies, developers need to keep up to date with new developments and trends to meet customer needs. As the world changes, so do our tools, and developers need to learn new skills.
PWA, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and IoT - are just a few of the trends that could make an even bigger impact in 2023. We look forward to seeing what the next year has us to offer!