Android & iOS Application Development Trends in 2024

Android & iOS Application Development Trends in 2024
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Many similar looking lists on top mobile app development trends have been unleashed. They have been rallying in the tech market for a year or more, but they have now been tagged with (1) Generative AI Engineering, (2) Mobile App Development, (3) Prompt Engineering, and (4) Web Development.

AI Integration

Every emerging gadget (wearable) or hardware (Alexa, Google Mini Home) or Software (Car GPS, Smartphone sensors, AC, Door Locks, Water Heaters, Solar Panels, Lifts, Shutters) are AI enabled. It is being used in virtual assistants - Siri and Alexa. It is being used in recommendation systems like E-commerce platforms. It is being used in fraud detection within financial institutions. It is also used in autonomous vehicles (electric vehicles). It is used within chatbots to facilitate natural sounding conversations. It is used within security systems for image and facial recognition.  It is used for medical diagnosis within healthcare systems.  

Overall, integrating AI into mobile applications enhances (1) personal experience, (2) predictive analysis, and (3) improved user engagement.

Integration and Optimization of 5G

Inclusion of 5G in technology lets in (1) Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC), (2) network slicing, (3) Beamforming, (4) Standalone 5G infrastructure, (5) Open RAN, (6) Phased array antennas, (7) Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB),(8) Massive machine type communications (mMTC), (9) Carrier Aggregation, (10) Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS).

Is 5G just about speed, or increased capacity? It is more than these two pointers on the list. It tags low response times, fast turnaround time, improved reliability, and improved flexibility along with. 

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Integration in Mobile Apps

AR and VR have been included within the technology trends of 2024 as they are still niche, new, and futuristic. They have their use cases in real estate apps, online gaming apps, online tutoring apps, lifestyle applications where virtual models are being used to adorn a specific attire or a region specific look, or festival specific look, or professional look, or wedding specific look, and likewise.  

  • AR and VR are also being used in healthcare to help surgeons with real-time information during procedures. Also these are being used for sensory perceptions to reduce any fallacy or to prevent risks during operative procedure.
  • In architecture and design, Virtual Reality (VR) allows clients to "walk through" before the actual site is developed and furnished.
  • In navigation, GPS systems AR systems work in tandem with GPS to make the user get from source to destination.
  • In education, AR/VR can complement a standard curriculum - suffice it with text, infographics, images, audio, and video and superimpose it into a student's real-time environment.
  • In marketing, AR and VR can support marketing activities, enhance customer-brand relationships, and improve consumer experiences.
  • In entertainment, we all know how immersive gaming has become due to inclusion of AR and VR.
  • Virtual reality exposure therapy is a thoughtful treatment being used to eradicate mental health issues.

Integration of Blockchain with AI, ML, IoT, Big Data Analytics

The integration of Blockchain, with Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) creates helpful systems that enhances (1) smart contracts, (2) predictive analytics, and (3) automated decision-making. This combination creates intelligent machines that automates repetitive- routine tasks and are capable of making decisions without human intervention. This compounding is helpful in (1) reducing costs, (2) increase productivity, (3) reducing downtime, (4) saving time, and (5) improving communication.     

Privacy, Safety and Security

Privacy, security, two-step verifications, parental controls, app restrictions, mobile cloning, dual apps are not just focused on children's privacy, but are also directed towards streamlining (1) stricter regulations, (2) enhanced data subject rights, and (3) a focus on ethical data usage. In response to the privacy legislation, the business models will be rethought. An increasing number of users are shifting towards saving and accessing data in the cloud - with a shift towards (1) zero trust architecture, (2) advancements in encryption technologies, (3) greater transparency and control of what users are doing and how are they being protected.

Development across platforms is going to become popular

Cross-Platform Tools and frameworks will become popular, allowing developers to build apps that work smoothly across multiple platforms with minimal code duplication. Also, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) will continue offering users app-like experiences directly through web browsers, with features like offline access and push notifications.

Voice search will be an essential advanced feature

Voice-controlled apps will leverage natural language processing and voice recognition technologies for intuitive user interactions.

Only Sustainable, futuristic and green technological innovations hold the future

Sustainability and Green Tech will be emphasized to fetch more sustainability in app development, with a focus on energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction, and eco-friendly design principles.

Top Android App Development Trends 2024

There are a few development app trends specific to android devices.

  • Keeping it short and precise, Kotlin as a front end/backend programming language will be prominent besides Java for Android Development. It comes with a concise syntax, interoperability with Java, and null safety amongst other features that make it likeable amongst android developers.
  • Jetpack Compose is a modern user interface toolset made by Google for creating native Android user interfaces (UI). It simplifies UI development, enhances app performance, and the resultant code is easy to manage. It assimilates with traditional XML based layout frameworks like XML layout, making Constraint layout less common.
  • App modularization and Instant Apps will trend to (1) improve build times, (2) streamline maintenance, and (3) optimize app performance - allows users to access the functionality without installing the app.
  • AI + ML is a prerequisite, evolved from necessity and luxury to scale. Developers have been leveraging many frameworks like PyTorch, TensorFlow, ML Kit, and other frameworks to implement (1) personalized recommendations, (2) predictive analytics, (3) natural language processing, and (4) computer vision. Additionally, Developers continue to leverage ARCore and Google VR SDK to create immersive experiences ranging from AR-based navigation apps to VR games and simulations.
  • Developing across operating systems - creating native android apps, and code that can work across XCode will trend. This will help in rapid prototyping.
  • iPhones are preferred over android devices because of their robust security. Android developers will be adopting practices like (1) code obfuscation, (2) secure data storage, (3) biometric authentication, and (4) regular security audits to safeguard user data and prevent security breaches.
  • Developers will adhere to accessibility standards, implementing features like (1) screen readers, (2) voice commands, and (3) high contrast modes, and (4) conducting usability testing with diverse user groups.

These are just illustrative, but there are many more Android App Development Trends that will resurface or emerge in 2024. 

Top iOS app development trends - popular in 2024

In 2024, iOS app development will be tagged with following key iOS app development trends:

SwiftUI will again gain the attention of the developers to build UIs, leading to faster development and easier maintenance.

AI, ML, AR all integrated into one, they will be used to offer immersive experiences in areas like (1) gaming, (2) retail, and (3) education. Such technologies will be adopted within iOS apps for features such as (1) image recognition, (2) natural language processing, and (3) predictive analytics.

iOS comes with frameworks like Flutter and React Native that target both IOS and Android platforms, sharing one codebase across. Both these technologies are mature and highly used, in conjunction to Swift, and Objective - C.

How much does it cost to develop an app in 2024?

While the cost of developing an app varies with platforms, and the numbers change with time, technologies, OS platforms, development team location, programming language, project complexity, specialists or skilled experts on the project, seniority level and their qualifications - they lie within a range of simple, basic and complex. The number of features, the number of modules, the time duration, demographics of development team, in-house or outsourced, number of iterations or adoption of changing requirements - all factorize the app development cost. It may be Android or iOS; there could be advanced features like (1) third-party integrations, (2) real-time updates, (3) push notifications, and (4) advanced user interfaces. Also, the cost estimated by the sales team, at the beginning of the project might shoot up with demand or use of inaccessible technologies, in case of contingencies, emergency situations, if the timeline is stretched, or there is any abrupt change in the project.

Also, the cost of app development depends upon the post deployment maintenance of the project. Once the project is fully tested and launched on app store or play store, ready to be installed by end users, the version upgrades, or timely feature updates also take up some money. All's well, a simple app starts at $10,000, a basic app starts at $25,000, a complex app starts at $35,000. The end rage is open for discussion by app development agencies.


In 2024, iOS app development companies are embracing ARKit advancements for immersive user experiences, while Android app development companies focus on integrating AI for personalized interactions. Both platforms prioritize privacy features to align with evolving user expectations, shaping the periphery of mobile app development.

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