Mobile app development already had a significant inroad in the market before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Most of the users were already spending more time on mobile apps than on the web directly.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has had its impact on mobile app development. Companies are now looking at more ways to encourage collaboration amidst the rise of remote working. There is no more need to enhance the connections with e-commerce customers and to streamline contact tracing. Thus, organizations now need more on-demand options for application development, which addresses the current concerns and creates a framework for success in the future.
But with the coronavirus crisis pandemic, there is more prospect for resolutions on the horizon. So, companies have to make sure that they create mobile apps relevant and reliable going into the “new normal.”
In this article, we look at some of the emerging top trends and will be a part of the new normal in the post COVID world as far as mobile app development is concerned.
The change from in-person to virtual
Before COVID-19, mobile apps were created mostly for in-person use, but as remote working started to rise due to the lockdown and social distancing measures imposed because of the pandemic, there is now an urgent need to move activities that were previously done in-person to a virtual and remote setting. Even with the virus now easing, we expect this to continue into the future.
The trend of remote working isn’t a new one. COVID-19 only proved the catalyst. But developers know that this trend is going to continue. An example of this is telehealth apps. With apps like these, it is possible to deliver a baby in a very efficient and affordable way.
We have also seen similar occurrences around banking, eCommerce, and other industries that are customer-centered. Users can now remotely open an account with a bank while getting the whole retail experience online.
In short words, we can say that we will continue to see applications that reduce the need for contact between humans. Organizations are also shifting their operations and changing their models in light of this.
Collaboration from a distance
Many businesses moved their operations online to combat the risk of office spread, which led to the rise of collaboration and videoconferencing apps. In March 2020, there was a massive 1000% rise in user adoption for Microsoft Teams. The availability of other options like Zoom and Google Meet didn’t take long before remote workers started to look for a better set of features to empower their connection and streamline communication. This resulted in a consistent amount of hardware and software updates in order to deliver a strong connection irrespective of where, how, or when the teams need to connect.
Like many other trends that started during the COVID lockdown, this is not going away too. Organizations now have enough evidence that it is possible to work remotely, especially using right applications. So, mobile app development companies can no longer put out the glitch, inflexible, and insecure apps. The onus is now on them to get it right with their apps to enjoy a vast adoption.
Improved application security
For many app developers, it is understandable that what is at the top of their minds are their apps’ features and formats. However, even these features and formats are not as crucial as having robust application security. Even though this is often forgotten, it is still very fundamental.
Security should be seamless, ideally, with processes and policies existing to protect crucial assets while ensuring that they do not affect the app’s functionality and performance. In the Post-COVID world, security is even more critical. Apart from the fact that users are becoming more concerned with their storage, collection, and use of demographic and personal health data, cyber attackers also take advantage of the industry’s imbalance to exploit and expose existing weaknesses in the software.
In order to protect their brand name, reputation, and revenue, developers have to apply in-app protection tools and secure coding practices in building mobile apps to frustrate the attackers’ effort. From reverse engineering defenses to solutions obfuscating existing application code, security-first frameworks, and runtime exploitation protection. These are the ways to make sure that these apps deliver robust features and relevant formats without compromising user data security.
The current market conditions and the post-COVID-19 world’s climates will be entirely different from what many organizations are used to. However, expectations for emerging apps are still very relevant. There is more need for people to work together from a distance, so mobile apps have to eliminate the need to interact physically before collaborating while ensuring simplicity and a security-first framework.