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Technology is constantly evolving, and often times, it can be hard to stay on top of everything going on the tech world. That said, it’s exciting to see how much technology is changing, and quickly, especially when it comes to new apps. Nearly each day, we see something new that begs the question, “What will they think of next?”

As new apps keep popping up, some trends remain consistent among these fresh apps. Read on for a selection of hot trends for new apps in 2021, when it comes to the development side of things. Get ready to be thrust into the future!

Wearable Devices

Wearable technology has been popular for several years at this point. Who hasn’t lusted after one of the Apple smart watches or weird-looking smart glasses? Now, wearable technology is getting even more popular, and a trend you’ll see in new apps in 2021 is anything wearable. We’re talking smartwatches, fitness bands, trackers, hearables, smart clothing, smart jewelry, body sensors and more. We’re just starting to see how wearables can be integrated with mobile app technology, so there’s plenty ahead for this trend. It’s really quite fascinating to think of all the possibilities.


Alexa is literally a household name at this point, and smart speakers such as Alexa are just at the beginning of their trajectory. Voice recognition and communication is already being used a lot in retail and customer service, and that will continue to grow, using the technology to bring an individual closer to their device. In fact, Gartner estimates that 30% of web browsing will be done through voice by 2030! As time goes on, voice will be a huge part of mobile app development, so look for it in many of your favorite apps as 2021 progresses.


You’ve heard the term a million times: 5G. Okay, maybe not a million, but you’ve heard it a lot. Having 5G technology at our fingertips is expect to have a major impact on mobile app development. By 2025, 5G connections are projected to grow a whopping 1.1 billion, and 5G will change how apps are envisioned. Faster download speeds is only one part of it. With that super-fast download speeds, our lives are expected to be married to technology like never before, with not just cell phones but also washing machines, cars, refrigerators and more all connected on the same network. It’s a trippy concept, but we’re curious to see how it pans out.

Artificial Intelligence

Yes, that buzz term, artificial intelligence, is a development trends for new apps in 2021. It will probably be one of the biggest trends for several years, to boot. If you think you haven’t utilized artificial intelligence yet, think again. From identifying user preference based on past choices to search engine trends to virtual assistants, artificial intelligence is already a very real part of our lives. Expect it to be even more integrated into apps as the technology perfects.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at and tweet at her @AnneErickson!