The world has gone mobile.
From shopping to watching movies and working while traveling, mobile phones have enabled us to do things from anywhere, anytime.
The increasing dependency on smartphones demands high, uninterrupted internet speed. The mobile world is looking forward to embracing 5G. 5G is poised to change the landscape of mobile app development.
According to the GSMA study, 5G will constitute 15% of the global mobile industry by 2025. It promises to change how the mobile industry functions.
What makes 5G special is that it promises faster data transfer, low latency, and superior user experience. It is 10 to 100 times faster than 4G.
The mobile industry is understandably excited as it will present them with more opportunities to build new and innovative mobile apps.
Let’s look at how it will change the landscape.
Why is 5G Sought After in Mobile App Development?
Decreases the latency
We live in a world where users get impatient if an app takes time to load.
According to Think with Google, a mobile site visitor’s bouncing rate could increase by 123% if the page load time increases from 1 second to 10 seconds.
So, irrespective of whether the app is a native app or a hybrid app, latency issues could create a roadblock in the user’s experience and app conversions. That’s where 5G can help mobile app developers. 5G decreases the delay between sending and receiving of information. It can bring down the latency rate from 4G’s 200 milliseconds to just 1 millisecond. This will create a minimal intervention in real-time data transfer. It means that the mobile app developers will not have to compromise on rich media and UX to reduce page load time. They can build more innovative apps with better experience.
Creates immersive experience
In industries such as education and construction, immersive experiences help users to learn new concepts quickly.
For example, manufacturing companies can use 5G-enabled mobile apps with 3D printing capability to create 3D object models. 5G also aids next-gen technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Considering the high-speed connectivity and low latency, both native and hybrid mobile apps can easily integrate AR and VR. The streaming will be seamless due to the app’s zero buffering and better capability to manage the hefty amount of data.
Now immersive experiences such as teleporting to a live cricket match in a stadium from the comfort of home will be possible with 5G connectivity.
IoT is one of the technologies that will benefit the most from 5G.
According to Gartner, 59% of companies state that IoT communication is the primary use case for implementing 5G.
The Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) feature of 5G enables mobile apps to collect real-time data from different IoT-enabled devices. 5G also has better connection density, which means that it can deliver messages quickly, even in a densely populated area.
So, if 4G can support 2,000 connected devices per 0.38 square miles, 5G can potentially connect a whopping 1 million devices within the same area without any interruption or delay in relaying messages.
Considering that IoT will be the future with devices like Alexa, Siri, and Google Home becoming a part of daily life, 5G connectivity becomes a priority focus area for mobile app developers.
Improves the accuracy of navigational apps
Imagine driving on an unknown road with the GPRS not showing real-time directions due to low connectivity. Sounds like a disastrous adventure, isn’t it?
GPRS-enabled mobile apps have to leverage high-speed internet to deliver users real-time and accurate results. With 5G’s short wavelengths and high radio frequencies, mobile app developers can ensure better coverage and connectivity to users. It is a perfect aid for navigational apps and other apps that have GPRS capabilities.
Enhances battery life and processing power
Low battery life or slow processing speed of the phone is a nightmare of every mobile app developer. It can interrupt the user’s experience with the app. Fast data transfers could drain the battery faster. However, 5G ensures that battery consumption is less. The battery life can extend up to 10 times more. So, users can use the mobile app for more time without any interruptions.
Similarly, data transfers could add a burden on the device’s processor. However, 5G is less dependent on the device’s processing hardware for transferring data. All the data exchanged between devices are processed at data centers. So, users can get access to real-time data without any transmission delay on the app.
Given the benefits of 5G, it is safe to say that it will be the mobile world’s future. As more people and companies transform digitally, 5G will soon become a necessity.
According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, 146 mobile operators have already launched 5G commercial services, while 303 5G devices are already available as per GSA’s report. Ericsson predicts that 5G will have 3.5 million subscribers by 2026. It’s time for mobile app developers to embrace it as a trend that will help them build better mobile apps in the future. It will help them acquire and retain more users and provide them with a delightful experience never witnessed before.