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The State of UX Design in Mobile App Development: 6 Trends for 2020

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It has been forecasted that in 2020 nearly 100 million users of smartphones will use voice assistants. Data reveals that by 2020 voice technology will account for 50% of all searches. As more mobile apps are beginning to incorporate vocal user interfaces (VUI), more brands are beginning to invest in voice technology. 

There is, however, a particular set of challenges that will impede a full voice assumption. Accessibility concerns are the primary concern because emerging speech systems have been struggling to accurately identify guidance when there are heavy accents or background noise. Second, a VUI allows actions on the basis of spoken commands to be performed.

Changing interfaces allow UX designers to give up old techniques and mindsets to develop a mobile app experience. While VUIs will not fully take over mobile experiences, there is significant potential for the technology to enable further advances in consumer AI technologies.

1. Designing healthy technical partnerships

Society is waking to the need for more respectful technology relationships. Users want apps that provide their pain points with solutions but still value their lives and time away from the app. Instead of battling for recognition, UX designers will seek relevance and comfort, finding a positive place in the user's everyday life.

This trend is focused on UX designers who understand that with their technology, users want to develop healthier habits. Designing interfaces that inspire and allow users to achieve their personal goals while respecting their lives outside the application is critical.

The feature's goal is to notify users after reading all the latest posts. Once users know they have reached the end of their list, they no longer need to click, which saves time and interruption limits.

One relevant example is the snooze function of Gmail. Gmail allows users to resurface emails later in the day or over an extended period of time. This function helps keep users navigate their inboxes and keep track of relevant emails in the chaos that might get lost.

2. Deeper artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) personalization

2019 marked a significant shift towards deeper and more advanced mobile UI customization. While Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning continue to take giant steps in understanding user behavior and interaction, mobile products are becoming more and more personalized. The trick is to design something versatile for the user when it comes to UX design.


User data such as location, purchasing activity, online communities, activities, and personal calendar will define features and in-app content. For example, some companies are already doing this by curating custom playlists based on previous listening habits with recommendations. Such playlists are exclusive to the customer, providing them with a unique service. 

3. Built for compatibility with the cloud between IoT and wearable devices

As the number of IoT devices and "smart" apps continues to rise rapidly, users expect seamless integration and responsive design for all devices and platforms. UX designers need to look at developing seamless interfaces between physical design and each device's functionality as well as designing interactions across the entire IoT framework.

The more reliable network would allow more users to rely on the cloud with 5 G technology beginning to roll out gradually. The Cloud will prove to be a valuable tool for UX designers when building IoT applications for consistency. Cloud-based connected devices allow designers to keep up-to-date with all platforms and applications. The result is a smooth transition for users.

Google and the Google Nest are a perfect example of a company that was able to achieve this. The device basically lets a consumer control the temperature of their house. All nest products (mobile app, smartwatch app, and thermostat) adhere to a similar design pattern and distribute functionality to the specifics of the device and create a user interface that is relevant to each element of the system.

4. Coding to become a part of the design process

The question should designers know how to code was the subject of a lot of debate. While it is reasonable to suggest that knowing how to code helps designers to come up with suggestions that are technically feasible, it is also noted that spending time creating code takes away the primary role of designing a designer. Prototyping tools in 2018 that enable designers to sketch ideas on paper and have the tool.

In 2018 prototyping tools began to appear so that allows designers to draw ideas on paper and in a matter of seconds have the tool return code. Such tools bridge the gap between designers and engineers working on scale-based design projects, helping developers build on prototypes rather than replicating them in development.

By 2020, we will see more examples of design tools that "know how to code" encouraging designers to put these devices to work for them instead of studying an entirely new discipline and starting to think about streamlined workflows.


5. Designing for speed

5 G technology in the tech world has rightly created a great deal of excitement. This new network infrastructure will significantly enhance mobile connectivity and improve the experience of smartphones. Ten times faster than existing wireless technology, with 5 G replacing 4 G networks gradually, users will notice significant improvements in data transfer speed and latency.

State of UX Design in Mobile App Development: 6 Trends for 2020 State of UX Design in Mobile App Development: 6 Trends for 2020, 19 November 2019, reported by Chris Ciligot Ninety percent of users who stopped using an app due to poor performance. This research shows that the design of high-quality user experience (UX) is no longer just a competitive advantage. 

6. The state of UI design in the creation of mobile apps

In 2019, UX design took a less traditional approach, responding to improvements not only in user interfaces, attitudes, and habits but also in physical changes to the apps that we are using. The design must also adjust to provide consumers with a broader range of different choices as technology changes so that they can find the ones that suit their particular needs and wishes.

User experience covers all aspects of the interaction of the end-user with an organization, its services, and its products. Keeping an eye on the UX design trends listed above will help UX designers stay ahead of the curve and ensure that they keep providing their users with the tools they need to make full use of a product.

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