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Top 3 mobile app development trends to watch out for in 2021

This is an edited version of an article written by Amit Manchanda and published on

The mobile app development industry is evolving at a break-neck speed and to survive and thrive in this digital Darwinian era, you have to get acquainted with the changing mobile app development trends.

Net Solutions’ State of Digital Transformation 2020 report highlights that mobile is the key to digital media success – one of the mobile app development trends 2021.

Today, mobile is fundamentally transforming business models, operating models, and marketplaces, at a surprising rate. By the year 2021, mobile app market revenue is expected to reach $693 billion.

However, going by Gartner’s previous prediction, which almost got true, 9,999 in 10,000 mobile apps fail.

Top 3 Mobile App Development Trends 2021

1. Building apps for foldables

With Samsung coming up with its foldable OLED display, the operating systems are getting ready to make use of this technology to improve smartphone experiences. Google, in 2018, officially announced the foldable support on Android phones by using its ‘screen continuity’ API.

According to Samsung, hundreds of popular Android apps have been optimised for the Galaxy Fold, including Amazon Prime Video, Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, VSCO, and Microsoft Office.

Since ‘foldable phone’ was the buzzword in the year 2020, you need to plan out your mobile app development strategy in a way that it runs seamlessly on foldable devices — a challenging mobile app development trend in 2021.

Unfolding the device to provide a larger screen can have a positive impact on users:

  • A larger screen means more space for a detailed and immersive experience.
  • With multi-windows, a user can perform multiple tasks at the same time.

Video streaming and gaming apps can reap maximum benefits from the foldable devices by simply increasing their screen size – or instead, using the extra space to offer additional information and controls. Thus, developing the apps keeping the screen in the mind will be one of the biggest mobile app development trends in 2021.

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2. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Everyone is aware of the famous mobile application, FaceApp, which rose to fame overnight because of its brilliant use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It adds filters to a user’s photo to show what they would look like when they are older, younger, etc. As of October 2019, the app’s total revenue was $1m.

AI and ML have been amongst the top mobile app development trends for the last few years in a row.

Recently, popular mobile apps like Replika, Cortana, and Google Assistant have dug their heels further deep in this field to see a ray of success.

In fact, when Deep Learning joins hands with ML, it can do wonders to mobile app development projects by providing valuable data and real-time analytics.

The global ML industry, growing at a CAGR of 42 percent, will be worth almost $9 billion in the latter part of 2022. ~ Machine Learning in 2019

In fact, Apple, at the WWDC 2019, also welcomed Core ML 3 — the latest version of its machine learning model framework designed to help iOS developers embed AI smarts into their apps. Thus, this year, get deeper into these technologies and get acquainted with its features properly and of many of its components.

3. The rise of chatbots

Chatbots will be delivering $8 billion in cost savings by 2022.


More than 50% of buyers want more do-it-yourself (DIY) custom service tools to expedite making an online purchase. And chatbots are a perfect way to extend that sort of customer relationship management.

In 2021, the integration of chatbots to mobile apps will escalate from being fairly rudimentary to a fierce level.

As of date, there are approximately 2.5 million apps in the Google Play Store and about 1.8 million in the Apple App Store. However, you will be amazed to find out that there are just a few apps that have deployed chatbots to facilitate better UI/UX services.

One of them is Starbucks. They released an app called ‘My Starbucks Barista’ in which you have to tell the app the kind of coffee you want, and it places an order for you.

With 80% of enterprises expected to use chatbots by 2021 and users appreciating quick and precise answers, it is a real business opportunity to integrate a chatbot to your mobile app — one of the important mobile app development trends to look for in 2021.

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This is an edited version of an article written by Amit Manchanda and published on Read the full article here.


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