The 5G network is already in the works, and it’s predicted that over 1.4 billion devices will be running on the network by 2025. Even though 5G has yet to be released commercially, mobile app developers can’t help but wonder how this new network will impact their existing apps. How can they prepare for 5G so that they don’t fall behind their competitors? What new features will be possible with 5G capabilities?
Let’s learn more about what 5G is and the ways it can affect mobile development in the near future.
What is 5G and How is Different from 4G?
5G is not a modified version of 4G but instead a completely new network with its own framework. It’s expected to transform the way mobile apps are developed and used in the following ways:
- Speed. 5G builds off the existing 4G infrastructure and offers higher speeds. Some experts claim 5G will be 10x faster than 4G. This is great news for mobile app developers because so many apps rely on the transfer of files, money and data.
- Low latency. 4G has an average latency rate of 50 milliseconds, whereas 5G cuts this time to 1 millisecond. This will be especially advantageous for VR/AR apps.
- Better connectivity. 5G brings connectivity to a new level. 4G can connect 2,000 devices within .38 square miles, but 5G can connect up to 1 million devices in the same space.
- Improved precision. 5G has better precision abilities, which will be helpful for GPS-based apps. This precise location targeting will benefit the tourism industry most of all.
- Longer battery life. Battery consumption lasts longer on 5G because of faster speeds and lower latency. This leaves more time for users to enjoy their favorite apps!
How Mobile App Developers Can Prepare for 5G
It’s obvious that 5G will bring positive changes to mobile app development. Mobile apps will be faster, more accurate and more intuitive, prompting users to want to use them more. So, how can mobile app developers prepare their apps for these impending changes? Here are some things to have on your radar:
- More connectivity. Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest topics in the tech world, and for good reason. People are taking advantage of wearables, smart home gadgets and sensors in their mobile apps that keep them connected. These devices are also getting smarter at connecting to each other for improved UX.
- Ubiquitous computing. Ambient computing incorporates the surrounding environment to create a well-rounded user experience. We’re already seeing ambient computing with wearable devices. Using various sensors, devices and technologies, an Apple Watch can determine where you are, what you’re doing and the people around you.
- Stable wireless interactivity. Today, mobile apps often have large files to download and long wait times. Many apps can only be downloaded off Wi-Fi, which definitely stinks if you’re not on it. With 5G, users will be able to download large packages over Wi-Fi or the mobile network in a few seconds or less.
Will you be excited to see 5G become commercially available? The best way to stay prepared is by keeping on top of the latest mobile app trends and making sure your app is as intuitive and smooth moving as possible.