Mobile App Development Trends to Follow in 2021

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2020 was quite a year for everyone due to the pandemic, and the tech sector had its share too. The major impact fell on us in the form of remote working and economic hardship for consumers and businesses. Despite that, many companies still made headway, including those in the mobile app development sector.

In 2019, it was found that the average US adult spends 3 hours and 10 minutes per day on their devices. However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected this in the past year because many people constantly increased their time spent with streaming audio and video, gaming, and using social media.

Due to the huge impact of the pandemic on all industries in 2020, it is only natural to look forward to the trends in the mobile apps market in 2021.

1. Subscription-Based Services

Subscription-based services have been around for years now – they existed even before the internet – but as you might have noticed in recent years and months, it is becoming more popular. More companies are beginning to join the trend, including the gaming industry. One of the biggest challenges of digital companies to be subscription-based was the payment method. Integrating the perfect payment method to work across several countries used to be a challenge but it has gotten better today with the diverse payment gateways we now have.

2. 5G Implementation

5G implementation has been a hot topic for a while now and in 2021, there is more to expect, as it will have a huge impact on mobile apps. A mobile app development company, for example, would have to focus on getting their apps ready to use this network. This could include increasing network speeds on the app and ensuring it’s capable of handling more data. It will also enable developers to integrate more features into their apps and make something more effective and reliable.

With the number of 5G connections expected to grow worldwide to 1.1 billion by 2025, 5G is set to change the way apps are used and created, starting from 2021.

3. Instant Apps

Instant apps might just be the future of mobile applications as they have proven effective since they were first introduced in 2016. Although they are quite demanding from the developer’s perspective, they are also gradually becoming popular. From the user’s perspective, they are user friendly, convenient, and memory-efficient.

4. Application Security

The increasing demands and growth in technology give rise to other risks such as cyber fraud. Security in applications cannot be overlooked as it involves delicate information and private data of app users. More mobile app development companies will begin taking extra precautions to ensure users’ safety and avoid security breaches in their apps.


There have been lots of expectations for this new decade, especially in the tech sector. There are several other important trends to expect and follow in 2021 but these are a few that need particular focus this year. As technology continues to progress, there will be an improvement in mobile app development in the long run.