How 5G Is Transforming the World of Mobile App Development
5G, the new mobile technology, is needling its way to change the digital world. Let’s find out what changes to expect from 5G technology implementation
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The Information Age that has rapidly come to replace the Industrial Revolution, is all about mind-blowing technologies. Things that once seemed impossible and could take tons of effort and time are now a matter of fact. Talking about technologies, let’s stick to one of the latest news we have been looking forward to for such a long time. 5G is already available! The technology that makes it possible to exchange terabytes of data across devices in seconds will change the rules in all segments. So let’s start with the Fifth Generation wireless cellular network.
What is 5G?
5G wireless network is the latest mobile technology based on the IEEE 802.11ac wireless networking standard. It has come to replace the current 4G/LTE technology. The rumors about the new technology started back in 2019. It took two years for the technology to roll out to a broader audience. According to statistics, by 2024, the number of 5G subscriptions will reach 1.9 billion. Within the following year, it is possible to register 3 billion subscriptions.
5G is all about speed. The technology will speed up data communication by over ten times than 4G/LTE. Such performance will accelerate other mobile technologies’ development. We will soon have wider usage of IoT, streaming services, edge computing, and much more. The technology delivers peak data rates over 20Gbps based on IMT—2020 requirements. Still, it is not just about higher rates; 5G also provides more network capacity by the means of expanding into a new spectrum.
The development of mobile technology will contribute to the economy’s growth as well. Thus, the numbers are as follows:
By 2035, 5G will enable $12.3 trillion of global economic output.
The global 5G community (consumers, OEMs, app developers, content creators, and operators) will support over 22 million jobs in 2035.
The deployment of the technology will facilitate long-term growth to global real GDP. For the period from 2020 to 2035, the total contribution of 5G to global GDP will be equal to the economy of India (seventh largest economy).
To understand the big picture, let’s start with the fact that 5G is not the modified version of 4G. It is a new network with great potential that will change the whole network ecosystem and the way mobile apps work. Though 5G is working on a completely different logic, the device still needs to be connected to 4G to get the initial 5G connection. 5G spec also allows devices to be simultaneously connected to 4G and 5G, at least this function will be available for quite some time after the launch.
What are the advantages of 5G? The new network is fast, but speed is not the only advantage. Let's have look at some of the most prominent advantages of 5G technology:
1-millisecond latency. The new network has proved to cut the latency to one millisecond leading to no delays.
Connection density. 5G can connect up to 1 million devices.
Higher precision. The technology uses higher radio frequencies and shorter wavelengths to ensure high accuracy for GPS-enabled mobile apps.
Enhanced battery life. With speed and no latency, 5G has proved to extend battery life up to five times. The technology guarantees up to 10-year battery life for low IoT devices.
Wider use cases. Again, thanks to its speed, 5G has broader use in other technologies: industrial IoT, cloud AR/VR, eHealth, smart homes and cities, etc.
What Are the Main Technical Foundations Making 5G Available?
Millimeter-Wave. The spectrum available at 24GHz and higher frequencies delivers speed and capacity that will radically change the mobile experience.
Massive MIMO. Ensures simultaneous service of many autonomous terminals through the usage of large antenna arrays.
Beamforming. This type of RF management allows the usage of multiple antennas to spread the same signal to ensure efficient data delivery without interference.
Small Cell. The miniature base stations, called small cells, work on cellular and Wi-Fi providing a 1000x throughput of 5G.
How Does 5G Impact Mobile App Users?
The very first steps of 5G already proved, it is going to change the smartphone and mobile app user experience. At the same time, it will change the approach to building apps and the experience of mobile app developers. But first, let’s talk about the experience we will have.
Faster file transfer
Better media UX design
More dimensions and realities
A better experience with navigational mobile apps
More cloud-based apps
To sum up, 5G-powered mobile apps will give the users easy access to progressive technologies like UltraHD videos, IoT devices, cloud computing, AR & VR, and much more. It will be a lot of fun in the next five years. Wait for it.
How Will 5G Affect the Mobile App Design and Development Process?
Simultaneously to user experience transformation, the expansion of the 5G technology will change app design and development processes.
High-performance implementation of IoT devices
IoT devices working on stable connections will have a broader implementation with high-performance 5G networks. The demand for IoT will make developers work on applications supporting wearables, gadgets, and other IoT devices.
Leveraging machine learning and AI technologies, developers will more confidently use 5G capabilities for building smart apps.
The low-latency advantage opens up a huge space for the skyrocketed development of new technologies. From zero to 1-millisecond latency is a capacity to develop
V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication like V2V and V2I (Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure)
Immersive VR Gaming
Telesurgery (remote surgical operations)
One big step forward to using the whole capacity of IoT devices is switching to cellular data instead of Wi-Fi technology thus ensuring mobility and ubiquity.
Video streaming without interruption
Media-rich user interfaces are the next generation mobile app trend that will invade the segment. 5G will support the trend, making it possible to integrate high-resolution live streaming and video services into an app.
Integrating AR and VR
Before 5G, developers faced issues integrating AR & VR services to the apps due to high latency. The speed of the network will deliver a quality augmented user experience.
AR & VR will soon be an integral part of eCommerce, eHealth, and other retail apps changing the way consumers used to shop online.
Talking about virtual reality, 5G will make things so real with immersive AR-based app development. Such apps will change the entire world of gaming and shopping by offering a more realistic user experience.
Increased GPS performance
With higher accuracy, seamless connectivity, and performance of 5G, GPS-based app development will bring a better user experience and great precision. Increased GPS performance will help to build products to support apps for the automotive industry.
Support of cloud
Alongside the development of technologies, it is harder to deal with tons of data. Cloud storage solves the problem, while 5G ensures non-stop upload and synchronization of data to cloud storage.
Cloud support will be further used for app development. Cloud-based apps are the future of app development. They promise better performance and no dependence on device hardware. Furthermore, cloud-based apps will change app development costs by working on the reduction of development and testing hours.
Improved app UX
With stable connectivity, it is now possible to fulfill any crazy UX design without fearing the app’s load time. Higher visual clarity and speed will give wider space for developers to enhance an app with functionality.
What Challenges Can You Face When Implementing 5G in Mobile Apps?
Any new technology comes with challenges that developers experience. It takes time to find the best solutions for overcoming the issues. 5G, as well, has come with challenges regardless of a whole bunch of benefits.
The topmost sensitive issue that developers face when dealing with 5G is security. By enabling countless devices and networks, the technology privacy and control so far leave much to be desired.
Different app versions
As 5G does not follow 4G/LTE technology and comes with its unique infrastructure, the transition from 4G/LTE to 5G will be much slower. Less developed areas will not get the technology anytime soon. It means, when building an app, the developers should work on separate apps for 5G and 4G/LTE devices. It is a challenge for developers and business owners that will work with a bigger app development budget.
Building a new 5G-based business model
The new technology opens up a huge potential. To use the potential, the traditional business model should be replaced with the one with services aligned to the operation model of 5G.
We are now facing dramatic and exciting technology transformation with an expansion of 5G. Soon, the technology will change your experience with 5G-enabled smartphones and smarter apps. To meet the technology trends and user demands, app developers are already thinking over alternative solutions for mobile apps and gadgets to welcome the biggest trend.
With the benefits of fast speed, longer battery life, and stable connectivity, the mobile app will become an even more powerful business tool for customer engagement and retention.
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