The total number of Android apps crossed 2.1 billion before the end of Q3 of 2018. This humongous figure reflects massive user-base and interest in Android development. This is why the developers keep on exploring Android development trends. Many innovations are stirring up a change in developers’ approach and enhancing app’s performance. Some of them are causing revolutionary changes.
Analysts at Mob Inspire compiled a selection of trends shared below which are worthy enough to cause a remarkable evolution before 2020 ends.
Go Apps with Android 10
Android phones offer a range of pre-installed apps besides billions of apps available on Play Store. The requirements of storage and processor vary depending on the complexity of the app. However, very few smartphones are capable of running each app smoothly. Even some fundamental apps including Google Mail and Maps take unpleasantly longer on devices with single processor and lower RAM.
Ideally, both of these apps should not take longer than 2 seconds to load. Users feel annoyed when an app takes more than 5 seconds. However, running one of these apps on the phone with 512MB RAM is likely to consume more than 10 seconds.
Android released Go Apps development kit with Android 8 Oreo. These apps allow building lightweight applications which consume far lesser space and run with significantly better speed. The kit finds further improvements with Android 9 Pie. With the latest update, developers build Go apps with remarkably better connectivity, compatibility, battery consumption, and interfaces.
Pew Research Center reported in 2017 that over 64% of Americans with under $30,000 income owned a smartphone. Moreover, low-income households tend to purchase a relatively less-costly smartphone. This number is even higher in developing countries. However, lower cost is a trade-off with speed and storage capacity. Thus, the trend of Go Apps will continue to grow in 2020 and beyond.
Kotlin 1.4 – More Power to Developers
The adoption of a new development language is a conundrum that developers face at times. Github reported that the number of Kotlin contributors was growing 2.6 times faster in 2018 than previous year. This rate is greater by some distance than any other computing language. Moreover, this growth rate is expected to increase in 2020 too making it one of the Android app development trends. There are undeniable reasons for Kotlin 1.3 to become an Android developer’s primary choice.
- The language is flexible enough to allow development with functional as well as object-oriented approach.
- Java developers can effortlessly adopt Kotlin. They can refactor, auto-complete, navigate and search the code as in Java. Developers can comfortably ensure interoperability of IntelliJ IDEA while using Kotlin.
- Kotlin developers can use Java libraries without adding wrappers or adapter.
- This statically typed language provides the ability to declare JavaBeans in single line. The codes of Java and Kotlin can coexist in same modules.
The only apparent downside for Kotlin developers is the smaller community as compared to Java. Nevertheless, the remarkable community growth rate enables analysts to believe that Kotlin Android development community size will surpass Java soon.
Rewarded Products – More Money to App Owners
App owners often complain about lower earnings due to lack of subscriptions. Google recently announced a way that would allow owners to earn without having to make users subscribe or upgrade. Users may watch a small video while using app instead of subscribing for more features. In return, owners earn a part of video advertisement labeled as “Rewarded Products.”
Although developers are already using advertisements as a way of earning, yet Google makes it official with this announcement. Rewarded Products is one of the Android development latest trends because almost every developer will use this facility. Now, Google facilitates developers by providing the ability to integrate Rewarded Products with Billing Library in every app. This integration does not require additional SDK.
Consequently, tech experts forecast that Android app development will see a significant attraction. This prediction follows from the fact that app will ensure base earning with Rewarded Products.
Android Jetpack Continues among Latest Trends in Android Development
The introduction of Android JetPack in the mid of 2018 is all set to yield impressive outcomes. Despite the fact that it is optional, JetPack received an overwhelming response from development community. This combination of existing components and support libraries triggers significant improvement in architecture, UI, and behavior of applications.
Slice is a feature of JetPack which reorganizes search result to prioritize installed apps. WorkManager is a flexible task scheduler for deferrable background tasks. Apart from app performance, JetPack also enables the developers to minimize the repetition of code. It also ensures backward compatibility and empowers Kotlin developers with a corresponding design.
The number of apps using JetPack is relatively far lower than for those built with traditional architecture since JetPack release is still a recent event. However, most developers in 2020 and ahead will switch to JetPack.
Progressive Web Apps
If you are a developer, PWA may not be one of the latest trends in android application development. However, most users are unaware of this term because PWAs have not spread swiftly enough until the end of 2018. The introduction of these apps by many major companies encouraged developers to invest time in it. Consequently, experts predict that 2020 will witness the most revolutionary adoption of PWA approach. The developers at Mob Inspire are developing PWAs for businesses for more than two years now.
These are web applications providing user experience of native apps. The apps run in a remote setting while remaining on the user’s home screen. Thus, PWAs integrate the best features of native apps and web applications. Forbes, Twitter, and Alibaba are among some of the companies which have already introduced PWAs.
Why Should You Care?
As a company owner or an independent Android developer, knowledge, and implementation of innovations stand your business needle out in the haystack of companies. By utilizing one of these innovations, you can create one in billions of apps that makes an incredible impact.
The drawback of skill deficit for Android development should not stop you in achieving your goals. contact us today to have us develop the mobile app that enables you to stand out of the crowd.