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How 5G will benefit your Android and iOS apps?

5G technology will show us a new world of interconnected and always-on devices in our homes and businesses that share data in just fraction of seconds and enjoy a new standard of speed and connection reliability.

Mobile apps are already highly popular nowadays. However, their popularity may reach a never-before-imagined level once 5G rolls out.Naturally, this means that the software development companies centered around mobile apps will also experience noticeable growth.

1. IoT

“Internet of Things” (IoT) is an area where 5G will have a far-reaching impact. Consider the following points to better appreciate this impact:

  • IoT involves communication between connected devices over the Internet. The technology has a massive potential across many sectors. A few examples are smart cities, healthcare, oil & gas, automotive, utilities, connected cars, weather monitoring, supply chain, etc.
  • Experts estimate that there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices by 2020. Businesses are expected to invest $15 trillion in IoT between 2017-2025
  • There is a very interesting aspect on IoT. The more connected devices there are, the higher will be the benefit to society. After all, if a smart city plans to implement a state-of-the-art emergency response system with the help of IoT, the city administrators would like to get real-time data from as many points as possible. This requires connecting as many IoT devices as possible.
  • 5G offers significantly higher bandwidth. This will allow connecting more IoT devices to the network. This drastically increases the scale at which IoT can be used.

2. Video streaming

5G will have a noticeable impact on video streaming. Check out the following points, to understand this impact better:

  • Video streaming on mobile apps is already very popular. At the end of 2018, video accounted for 60% of all mobile Internet traffic.
  • However, quite a bit of this uses the low-definition format 360p or standard-definition format 480p.
  • Mobile video consumers choose such formats so that they can stick to their mobile data plans.
  • Content providers and communication services providers impose restrictions on video formats.
  • These constraints are due to the existing mobile wireless technology generation.
  • The higher speed and lower latency of 5G will change that. Market-watchers estimate that video will make up 74% of mobile Internet traffic in 2024, as consumers increasingly switch to 5G.
  • 4k and 8k video streaming without buffering and latency will soon be a reality with 5G. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo and NEC recently streamed 8k ultra-HD live video footage of a steam locomotive. During their test, they also streamed 4k content to the mobiles of the passengers.

3. Gaming

Gaming is already very popular in both Android as well as iOS, however, 5G will likely make gaming even more popular! Consider the following points, to appreciate this better:

  • AR/VR, video streaming, positioning, etc. are important aspects of gaming. 5G significantly improves all of these.
  • Gaming requires a very large amount of data transmission. There are often very long-running fixes, patches, and upgrades. High speed, low-latency 5G networks will help here significantly.
  • 5G will get a better gaming experience then present.

4. Ads

According to the survey 80% of the mobile users currently don’t like ads. Well, intrusive banner ads aren’t always very attractive! Ads in mobile apps will change significantly with the advent of 5G.

  • Network speed constraints currently limit the ability of advertisers to send interesting ads. With 5G, they will be able to send video ads, AR ads, etc. to consumers.
  • VR ads will become more popular, and they can replace pop-up ads and pre-roll videos that aren’t exactly popular with users!
  • IoT, implemented at a larger scale will provide more data about consumers to advertisers. This will enable advertisers to send better-targeted ads.
  • 5G allows better pinpointing of location. This will enable advertisers to find more context-sensitive data about consumers. The result will be better-targeted ads.

5 . AR, VR, and MR

Various industries already use “Augmented Reality” (AR), “Virtual Reality” (VR), and “Mixed Reality”. 5G will bring a comprehensive change to this landscape.

  • Entertainment, manufacturing, etc. industries currently use these components in their mobile apps that run on 4G networks.
  • By their very nature, AR/VR/MR requires a lot of data processing. This congests the current 4G networks.
  • The load on the network increases when these apps involve communication among people from different geographies.
  • 5G will make it much easier to experience AR/VR/MR on mobile apps.

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