I got my first mobile phone when I was around eleven years old. About ten years ago I was delighted that I had the means to connect with my friend; the network speed and coverage was something that I was the least concerned about. Truth be told, I rarely used the internet.
Technology advancements are responsible for fueling our imaginations and rising expectations. Today, I want more speed, I get cranky if a website takes too long to load, if my information doesn’t transfer fast enough I could fall behind schedule, and apparently, once in a while, it seems like even 4G isn’t a match for my requirements.
Do you feel the same?
If you haven’t heard about the new emerging technology, hold on to your hats because pretty soon you can upgrade from 4G to 5G.
If you’re a mobile app developer, I’m pretty sure you’ve been wondering about the new possibilities and solutions that 5G brings to the table and how it will change mobile application development.
Let’s take a look at how the previous networks changed the way we live:
- The very first mobile phones were brought by 5G
- 2G made text messaging possible
- People were able to access the internet when 3G came along
- To deliver faster internet speeds 4G came to the rescue
Users want more, they want a network better and faster than 4G. First let’s understand what 5G is and what type of features it has promised to deliver:
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation wireless network that promises 1000 times more speed as compared to the previous network ‘4G’. 5G wireless technology operates with a frequency bandwidth called the ‘millimeter’, at this frequency user can enjoy transferring data at a much greater speed.
So what does that mean? What exactly can be done with this much speed? Check out some of its advantages below:
- 5G can deliver the speed of about 10-500Gbps, 4G only provides 20Mbps
- Users can stream 4k HDR content at ease
- 5G offers a greater resolution
- 5G will fulfill our dream of having uninterrupted connectivity.
- 5G is capable of bringing together all networks in one platform
Check out how 5G will impact mobile application development
When mobile application developers create apps, they keep in mind the devices and the networks that their app should be capable of operating on. Their app should be able to function seamlessly on all devices and platforms and this is where they make sure to integrate all necessary requirements.
Ever since 5G has emerged, app developers have been thinking of ways to optimize their development strategies, they’ve been looking for ways to use 5G for their advantage. If you’re an app developer doing the same research, check out some fascinating features of 5G that developers can use in mobile application development:
Enhanced Mobile broadband (eMBB):
One of the greatest challenges that developers face is ‘developing for the users’. They become engrossed in the development process to such an extent that they forget to look outside the box and view their project from the user’s perspective. It may be too complex or unattractive to draw users and keep them engaged.
This is where 5G comes in to save the day.
App developers can make their apps more attractive by incorporating out-of-the-box interfaces with the help of enhanced mobile broadband. eMBB gives developers the opportunity to utilize exotic and enriched media experiences such as AR, VR, 360 degrees’ and UltraHD video streaming.
These technologies are new and fascinating so developers can easily attract the user’s attention and reduce the app abandonment rate.
Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC):
This is a very important feature introduced by 5G. Users can transfer data between devices in real-time without any delay. Ultra-low latency communication is very useful if you’re operating a moving vehicle or any type of machinery that requires precision and accuracy; under these circumstances, you would want the signals to be sent with a minimum delay to accurately perform an action in real-time.
For example, let’s suppose you’re driving your brand new car and you come across the red signal, when the light turns green you’re already racing off, suddenly, you notice that a vehicle is coming from the opposite direction and you could very likely have a nasty collision.
In that situation you wouldn’t be able to act fast enough, but, your 5G network coverage will be able to sense the signals coming from the other vehicle and make a timely decision, consequently saving you and your precious vehicle.
This feature can be deployed by app developers to deliver a better user experience and generate more conversions. 5G can help developers in reducing the download time of apps, irrespective of their size. Another very important advantage of this feature is ‘high interface clarity’. If you compare the difference between the video quality of 2G and 4GLTE, you can notice a considerable difference in quality, that clearly shows that the clarity provided by 5G will surely amaze everyone.
Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC):
Before we go into the advantages, let’s understand what ‘Machine Type Communication’ is. Machine type communication is data communication among various devices without any human interaction. Such as payment, tracking, and remote monitoring. 5G promises Massive Machine Type Communication focusing exclusively on IoT devices that need high-speed internet.
High speed combined with low power usage and latency improvement, provides developers a golden opportunity to integrate rich connectivity and drive more revenue.
What does this mean for mobile apps?
The number one advantage of high 5G technology is high-speed internet. This will enable users to download mobile apps within seconds. Apart from the users, mobile app marketers can also take advantage of this functionality, especially if their marketing strategies focus on download speed monetization.
-Faster file transfers
Users can send and receive money and information within seconds.
-Better user experience
App interface clarity and speed brought by 5G can help developers improve the user experience to a great extent.
If you’ve stayed with me up to here, I’m sure you’ve been looking for ways to use 5G in your development strategy. Before you use the information I’ve provided you, I want you to take a look at some popular companies that have announced that they will be using 5G technology:
Samsung and Verizon have recently launched their first 5G smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
Apple isn’t in the haste to incorporate 5G technology in 2019, but, they do aim to use it in 2010.
According to TechRadar, OnePlus has also announced that they will be launching OnePlus 7 or 7T incorporating 5G technology by the end of 2019.
Till now, I’ve only discussed the benefits that 5G promises to deliver, but, there are certain drawbacks as well. Take the example of your old devices that are not capable of functioning on 5G, in order to reap the benefits of 5G you will have to purchase new devices compatible with this network. Most users will be less willing to replace their gadgets with more expensive ones.
Another disadvantage is the security and privacy issues on 5G, they are yet to be optimized.
Keeping in mind the benefits and the drawbacks, I think Apple has made a wise decision to not use 5G for about a year or so. After all, it is still a young technology, for the time being, it’s unsure where it could lead you.
However, Samsung’s new smartphone has created quite a stir. Majority of their consumers want to get their hands on the device, but we will have to wait and see if it’s a massive success or a massive downfall.
As compared to 4G, 5G has a lot to offer, speed, improved connectivity, and low latency; all these aspects sum up to one thing: “If 5G manages to resolve the security and expense barriers, it could undoubtedly be the world’s fastest and most popular network”. This means a brighter future for mobile app developers. With 5G mobile apps, developers can create apps that respond to the user’s prompt in real time, are downloaded in seconds, incorporate AR/VR technology, and offer a clear & refined UI for exceptional user experience.
If you’ve been thinking about reaping the benefits of 5G, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear what your thoughts are.
Khloe Hunter is a Digital Marketing Executive for Appverticals. Her expert writing skills, enable her to convert complex information, into content that anyone can read. Her technical educational background, combined with the know-how of content marketing, gives her an edge over others in a variety of blog posts.