Software Development Trends in 2021
By Frank Holman, Last updated: 2022-02-02 (originally published on 2021-02-08)
Because of the situation we’re in, software development services are now more important for a
company than they’ve ever been. Now companies more than ever rely on the expertise of
software development to help them improve their customer experiences and performances.
This being said, as 2020 comes to an end (thank god), the year 2021, promises new
innovations and trends, making it more competitive and starting a new era.
COVID 19 has in a way forced a lot of companies and organizations to review their digital strategies. And at the same time manage new technical challenges. This happened beyond the implications of the health crisis.
In this article, I will try to walk you through some of those trends which will heavily influence software development in 2021.
Native Apps will dominate the software development market
As it is now, Native Application software development is unparalleled, but going forward, people can expect this trend to dominate the software development services. These services are meant to run only on devices that are specific, for example only on smartphones. Native apps usually provide powerful performance and better user experience compared to hybrid apps, given the fact that they are designed only for specific devices.
It doesn’t look like the native app will go down any time soon, definitely not in 2021 or in the
near future, given the fact that the popularity of iOS and Android operating systems is growing
Cloud technology is here to stay
The cloud services industry in 2020 alone generated more than $40 billion in revenue.
Now cloud service’s market value is 266.5 billion, which is a 17% growth from 2019. That is some pretty crazy growth in one year.
In the software development industry, it is a well-established fact that the big money is in cloud
service. In 2021, cloud vendors such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft will continue to invest
big money in cloud technology.
The reason behind this is simple. The number of companies using cloud services is enormous, and the number of companies that will start using the cloud services is even bigger.
It doesn’t matter the size of the organization, big, medium or small, they all at some point will be
moving to cloud services. The reason behind cloud technology’s success so far is that it offers flexibility, scalability and security that will prevent the threat of ever-present hackers that could lead to your organization’s security breach.
5G Technology will be unparalleled
In the beginning of 2020, 5G technology made a lot of waves undeservedly when it was
accused as the cause of the coronavirus outbreak. This rumour was disapproved by the world’s
scientists and this flawed thinking has been left behind in 2020. Software developers can expect 5G tech to return to trend, but now for all the right reasons. 5G technology is roughly 100 times
faster than 4G networks. The tech experts predict that in 1.4 billion devices it will lead data
Virtual reality, augmented reality and other 4k video streaming are the reasons why 5G tech
was specifically designed. Software developers will find this technology useful, especially if they
are interested in creating designs and features that for a business will enhance their
Investment in Artificial Intelligence will increase
We cannot deny the impact of Artificial Intelligence in the software development service, it will
offer so many more options. Artificial Intelligence-based analytics are already being used by the
tech giants like Google, Facebook and Apple. Now AI is progressing at a very fast pace and
in 2021 it will be better in decision making, delivering relevant user experience details etc.
Final thoughts on software development in 2021
Software development will be dominating the tech industry in 2021 and beyond, that is for sure.
And businesses that pay attention more to trends will be moving towards this industry or
incorporate this industry in their business somehow.
Frank Holman is a Full Stack Developer with 8+ years of well-rounded experience in development, object-oriented, and user-centered design. Adept at studying system flows and data usage to develop and maintain the software according to production and quality standards. He built products for desktop and mobile app users meeting the highest web & mobile design standards, user experience, best practices, and speed
This article does not constitute legal advice.
The opinions expressed in the column above represent the author’s own.