5G is Knocking on Our Door: How it will Change Mobile Mobile App Development?

4G LTE, which is now available even in remote corners of the globe, has changed the way people consume data. It’s made watching movies, streaming high quality videos and games easy for anybody with a supported device. Much has been discussed about its successor 5G and a lot of questions still remain unanswered. However, what everyone does know is, 5G is going to be incredibly fast, creating new challenges for developers, telecom providers and everyone else involved.

Let us first take a look at the advantages of 5G before analyzing how it is going to influence mobile app development:

1. 5G is incredibly fast

2. Data transfers will go through in the blink of an eye

3. Negligible latency

4. Connection density to improve

5. Consistent and reliable connectivity

What are the Disadvantages that App Developers Should Know?

1. Most countries do not have the infrastructure to implement 5G networks uniformly. Rural areas may not have technological support that the implementation of 5G network requires. As 5G infrastructure requires considerable investment, some governments may find it difficult to implement it immediately, leading to delays in uniform and uninterrupted connectivity that 5G promises.

2. 5G is a technology that is still in the process of development. This means, it is not quite perfect and research is being conducted continuously. Major changes to 5G technology are expected in the coming years, making app development a constant process of releasing updates and fixes.

3. Most devices today are not compatible with 5G. Apple is expected to unveil its 5G-compatible device this year as will other companies. However, not many people will be able to afford them right away. As everyone will not be using 5G devices instantly, developing applications specifically for 5G networks is moot.

4. There are many security and privacy concerns associated with 5G. Little is understood about the ramifications of subscriber supervision tools, which apparently is supported by 5G. This means, 5G may potentially expose user data to prying eyes in governments across the world. While this may help improve domestic security, minorities and oppressed groups may expose themselves to danger. This raises ethical questions to app developers.

5G’s Influence on App Development

a.) 5G will help developers bring 360-degree videos, AR/VR experiences and 4K streaming to their users via Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB).

b.) Ultra Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) will help ensure instant communication with applications. This means, developers can expect to work on technologies such as remote surgeries, real-time virtual gaming and semi-autonomous vehicles.

c.) Massive Machine Type Communication (MMTC) allows a number of devices to connect at the same time. This is part of the 5G infrastructure and is intended to help IoT devices connect better. Developers will likely see an increasing number of requests to integrate IoT during development.

Here are five important trends that developers will need to be mindful of, thanks to 5G roll out:

1. Address privacy and security concerns

2. Maintain multiple versions of applications

3. Deliberate on app monetization strategies

5G will open a lot of new opportunities

4. Invest in training and certifications

5. Focus on emerging technologies

Thanks to 5G, app developers are going to remain busy for a long time to come

Disclaimer: As 5G networks start rolling out let’s find out how it changes mobile app development?

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