The android app development industry is growing at a breakneck pace, to be further empowered by the introduction of 5G technology worldwide and the rise of the Internet of Things. A Statista report states that there are 3.2 billion smartphone users in the world today. The remote work trend has further fuelled the need to bring about complete digital transformation on a global scale. Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent trends in Android App Development in 2021.

Chatbots/assistant integration

To gain customer’s confidence and to provide a positive experience, companies have started using AI/ML-powered chatbots that provide 24/7 customer support in-app. This technology can solve regular queries of the customer while the more complex ones can be routed to a human representative. The newest trend in Android development is voice-enabled chatbots that run on Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech Services that can be leveraged to stand out from competing apps. On a strategic level, it makes sense to integrate chatbots since they are based on powerful ML algorithms so that massive amounts of data can be automatically sifted and the relevant answers can be provided to the customer without utilising human intervention. Operational efficiency can be enhanced by using chatbots as well as significant cost-cutting can be done by eliminating the need to hire customer service representatives.

IoT

Android app development will get a huge boost with the proliferation of connected devices, whether they be smartwatches, smart home assistants, and security systems, to name a few. Google’s IoT platform helps IoT integration through development via Android APIs on Android Studio. Programmers have to factor in the APIs and the logical connectors that allow applications to communicate with different devices which may be manufactured by different companies. IoT applications development is also called M2M app development (Machine-to-Machine development). Software developers in IoT should create a fully functional cloud-based dashboard either web or mobile and proceed to the assimilation of hardware and networking components.

APM & EMM

Application Performance Management (APM) and Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) are not new in the IT/Software sector but have been steadily evolving over the past few years.

EMM is the streamlining of processes, technology, and people who are involved in mobile computing, including wrapping and containerization, mobile device management, and enterprise synchronisation, all intended towards achieving shared goals.

Application Performance Management means monitoring the speed and accuracy at which transactions are performed by customers, the systems and the underlying network infrastructure to establish complete, end-to-end visibility in the functioning of your applications. If the apps are not performing as desired, the data is collected on the root of the problem and analysed for solutions. 

APM & EMM are providing continuous support in Android development and will gain ground in 2021.

Android Instant Apps

Developers can convert existing apps into Android Instant Apps (such apps allow users to access content from an app without installing). More than anything, they will save the user’s time and free up space on their devices. Android Instant Apps are easy to use and share. Programmers must take care of accessing unique device identifiers (IMSI, IMEI, Mac Address, Build Serial, etc.), and push notifications, after which they can get creative with the option to be minimal in their approach.

Blockchain Technology

Decentralized app development that is secure in authentication and provides full transparency is what developers are aiming for with the blockchain technology in Android development. Smart contract-based software applications make online payments increasingly safe while allowing app users to deal in cryptocurrency. Unauthorised access to financial information gets eliminated which makes the blockchain technology ideal for retail, finance, education and e-commerce sectors. 

AI/ML integration

Projects that were unthinkable before have been made possible by AI ML models that can not only automate, test, code and deploy through self-learning, but also enhance developers’ productivity four times over. Big Data processing, analytics, process automation can all be accomplished by AI/ML integration especially to jump aboard the On-demand application field which is a growing app development trend in 2021. Without a doubt, Artificial Intelligence is the way forward in Android software development.

Beacon technology

Google’s beacon platforms are offering tools to make location-based search more practical and useful for customers. Bluetooth beacons use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transmit a unique ID while leveraging the potential of fully functional GPS and navigation. The greatest benefit of incorporating beacon tech in your android app is that it’s quite affordable and provides substantial amounts of leads and sales. 

Android Jetpack

According to the official Android developer platform, Jetpack is a suite of libraries to help developers follow best practices, reduce boilerplate code, and write code that works consistently across all Android devices. New features recently added include View interoperability, more Material UI components, and tons of additional support for developers to produce high-quality apps.

Apps for wearables

App development for wearable devices is a trend that’s here to stay. Developers can use Android Studio to test their app with different screen shapes and sizes after introducing features like Wi-Fi connectivity, easy navigation, wrist gestures, single button click features. Developers working for sports, healthcare and other affiliated sectors would do well to catapult themselves to the next level by leveraging the wearable apps development trend.

Mobile e-commerce

Since mobile e-commerce is ruling the roost in all sectors, developers would be wise to make sure that their app has multi-platform functionality with unbreakable security protocols and end to end support once the app is live. Planning the core functionality and market research is crucial to create a successful mobile e-commerce app. Another factor to consider is top of the line personalisation and recommendation algorithms that can provide the best customer experience and increase conversion rates. 

Another honourable mention is the growth of foldable devices that could also gain strong traction in the year 2021 where Samsung phones have taken the lead currently, closely followed by Motorola.