APP TRENDS FOR 2021

Smartphones have transformed our lives in a plethora of ways that are much more than how we communicate, and there's no denying it.


Currently, more than 5 billion individuals around the globe rely on handheld devices to navigate, communicate, order food, purchase goods, entertainment, and even keep a track of the latest news.


Gone are the days, when men's best friend was a dog. It's clearly the smartphones today.

Over the last few years, mobile application development in Australia has developed its own industry.


In 2023, these mobile applications are predicted to generate more than $2Bn AUD. Because of this accelerated growth firms and tech-savvy developers are continuously searching for the latest mobile trends that they can use to curate their next great app.


Below is a list of top trends that are going to dominate the mobile app industry this year.





Top 10 App trends for 2021-22


1. M-Commerce:

The unprecedented impact created by the COVID-19 pandemic had both favourable and non- favourable outcomes for various industries.


On one hand the mass lockdowns of entire cities led to a sharp rise in e-commerce sales, on the other hand, the retail stores also faced massive losses as staff were stood down and owners were forced to adapt to an ecommerce model or close down.


According to studies, worldwide e-commerce would generate about $4.4 trillion AUD by the end of 2021 with no indicators of slowing down.


Voice shopping, omni-channel retail, and one-click ordering are a few features that mobile app developers are going to instil into the existing E-commerce portals to give their customers a hassle-free and fast experience.


2. Hybrid App Development:

Hybrid apps are apps that are built on one codebase such as Java Script or CSS and then converted and deployed across both IOS and Android operating systems.


In the present situation, Hybrid, or cross-platform app development is becoming increasingly renowned. Huge digital marketplaces such as Alibaba, Pinterest, and Facebook have implemented this approach to cut down unnecessary costs and reduce the overall development time.


With the release of Google’s Flutter in 2017, the app development is a trend yet to see its peak. Flutter is a UI toolkit for curating high quality apps for web, desktop, and mobile from just a single codebase.


This also permits the app developers to produce some customised apps without extra effort, time, and capital.


3. Beacon Technology:

Imagine that you have been checking out a pair of shoes online for a long time now but you want to ry them on before committing to a purchase.


Even before you decide to leave the house and visit the store, the shoe stores application on the smartphone shows you the stores closest to you.


This technology was first launched by Apple in the year 2013 and utilises Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals to give customers accurate map guidance and only the most relevant notifications.


This technology is among the most used mobile app development trends with huge potential in travel, healthcare, gaming, tourism, and mobile payments.



app beacon technology
App Beacon Technology


4. Mobile Wallets:

PayPal, Google Pay, and Amazon Pay are one of the most popular mobile wallets of the era.


Today, mobile wallets are rapidly becoming one of the most renowned and the safest payment methods as they are super convenient to utilise.


Individuals simply need to link their relevant account information to a mobile wallet application and utilise it to pay their bills, shop online, or transfer money to colleagues, friends, or family members. Presently, mobile application developers are striving hard on upgrading the existing mobile wallets by adding on characteristics such as NFC, audio-based, and RFID payments.


Also, according to some professionals in the field, these wallets are slowly going to take over other payment methods.


5. Folding Display:

A mobile application development technology that aims at setting and altering the smartphone industry wholly by 2021 and beyond is known as the folding display.


Foldable phones such as LG G8X ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip that have already been released in the market are in high demand.


App developers would need to produce applications that take into consideration all the necessary changes in the screen size every time someone folds the device.


6. Smart Wearables:

Wearable technology has gone from “Back to the Future” references to common place very quickly. From smart jewellery to smartwatches, smart lenses, body sensors, wearables are the future.


One of the best things about wearables is that you can easily communicate and control things with these devices after linking them to your smartphone.


And for this reason, today, one of the best mobile app development trends is too curate applications that assist wearable technology.


The medical industry has already seized on this with the development of smart wearables to analyse and track all of the body movements, blood oxygen levels, heartbeat, and more.


7. Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality:

Augmented Reality has taken over the gaming industry, and within literally no time at all this mobile application development trend would begin to penetrate the lives of other individuals.

For example, Apple released ARKit, which is a development platform that allows app developers to easily and quickly build great AR experiences into their games and applications by utilising the device’s processors, camera, and other motion sensors.


This characteristic can assist the individuals to analyse a room’s capture volume, layout, and depth accurately, and even rebuild an 80’s music video in augmented reality.


So, in the future, individuals can expect many augmented reality app ideas that can turn into functional apps across industries such as retail, healthcare, education, and tourism.


8. Food Delivery Apps:

Today, a lot of QSR (quick service restaurant) and traditional restaurants have shifted their business online for the betterment of both their customers and themselves.


Contactless payments, digital menus, and delivery services are great for increasing demand and service in these unique times.


Contactless drop off options have also been well received in this time where personal protection against virus transmission is at its highest.