Read the tea leaves, we did not. Instead, our experts have analyzed the updates of the products and working tools, the main trends and developments 2018. The result is a list of interesting tasks that are precisely waiting for the mobile app developers in 2019.

Moving to a Figma

We love Sketch pure and sincere love. He pulled us from the clutches of Photoshop it vector and convenient. It has everything that… needed in 2016.

In the same year there was a Figma. No matter how cool new tool, no need to hurry to move, because the big companies like Google love to buy long-term projects and close them.

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At the beginning of 2019 Figma will be for three years. She can do everything the same as the Sketch, and yet she has versioning on layouts easy to work together and you can show them to colleagues and customers. Appeared and the desktop app.

So, many of our colleagues this year will stop sending your clients a card screens and links to InVision, update Sketch files to the shared cloud and worry that someone doesn’t have a Mac. They just go on the Figma.

Distribution paid subscriptions

Advertising is the main means of income for many content services. But there is an alternative — a paid subscription.

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In 2018 the old premium services rapidly increasing audience. And new — with the same opportunity:

if in 2015 Apple Music was 6.5 million users in 2018 — 56. Have Spotify — 75. Even in Boom audience of more than a million.

Behind online movie theaters. For example, Netflix is already 137 million users. Your video service has launched a DC, and is preparing to launch Disney. Russian services also increases the audience. More and more users will catch up when the subscription will operate for the entire content without separate purchases.

YouTube has launched a premium membership, which has no advertising, but there’s offline-video viewing in the app. Appeared a kind of plus-subscription and Yandex.

On the same YouTube earned a sponsorship button, which you can use to apply for a paid subscription to a favorite channel, gaining access to exclusive content.

Gaining popularity Patreon — service for financial support the content makers.

Even on the subway for a reasonable price to disable ads in free Wi-Fi for a month or a year.

In 2019, this trend will continue: users will pay for content is more money to support the authors and do not see ads.

Then there will be more services that provide them that opportunity. You see, with Twitter and Instagram will introduce premium membership to the user to fully customize your feed to live without advertising.

Native development Multiplatform Kotlin

Kotlin is a programming language used to develop Android applications. Kotlin Multiplatform — is actively developing technology for multi-platform development for Android and iOS.

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The technology is not yet able to fully replace native development, but it can help to write business logic applications for the two platforms.

In theory this will allow you to make applications faster and cheaper. Hardly in 2019 everything is working as it should, but we’ll try.

Material Design everywhere 2.0

In may 2018, Google revealed an updated design-the Material Design system 2.0.

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The new design is significantly different from the previous have changed shapes, colors and fonts, there are new elements. Now Google is gradually changing the design of their own services.

Already in Chrome, and in Google Translate, there was a nice looking rounded corners. And next year all the best in Google Play will be the same.

New uber services

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Ubersetze is a massive introduction into the everyday life of IT services that provide convenient customer communication with the service provider.

We don’t call radio cab, and ordered an Uber, “Yandex. Taxi” or Gett.

We don’t need to sell stuff through the newspaper or friends — we just post an ad on Avito, “Julia” or Ebay.

And housing in the trip booking through Airbnb and Booking.

In 2018 appeared in “Yandex. Food” and quickly entrenched in the services list, which people use constantly. In 2019 these “newcomers” will have even more. And if at least one of them will be successful, our lives will become more comfortable.

Chat-bots instead of people

Chat bots are programs that lead a conversation in plain human language using a voice or text methods. They are trying to understand the user’s intentions and choose a response based on rules and triggers.

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Here are a few examples.

Check in “Yandex. Drive” is a great example of using a chat bot. The user just fills in the boring field, and answers the questions of “interlocutor”.

Google is already half a year as they announced their voice-bot Duplex and showed its use for table reservations in the restaurant, and Alibaba in China even launched a working analog for the logistic company.

Intercom made a bot for technical support. He helps people to quickly solve the most common problems. For example, to recover the password.

Next year this trend will continue, and users will increasingly interact with machines instead of people.

Enforcement of data protection laws

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In 2018, this topic is almost never left the top of the information field:

Entered into force GDPR — EU law on the protection of personal information, which has significantly tightened responsibility for their diversion, and unauthorized collection. He also directed the services to provide users with all the information about the collected personal data and to be able to remove them.

In this case, confidential information, regularly fall into the wrong hands. Especially notable was Facebook leak data as much as 87 million users!

If that wasn’t enough, in September the EU Parliament adopted a new Directive on the protection of copyright, which would oblige the services automatically check for downloadable content for violation of copyright. Gifs and memes are in great danger.

This year developers will have to deal with it.

Applications that have not yet managed to support GDPR will do so. Google Play will continue to remove apps that have no privacy policy. And will continue to receive the start-UPS that will take over the function of storing and protecting user data.

The next generation of blockchain

2018 was a terrible disappointment to cryptosphere. Existing technology was not ready for the real world.

Yeah, the little Swiss Canton of Zug tested the voting on the blockchain, Ethereum, Ripple reported on 200 banks and customers, as Venezuela has even released its own cryptocurrency.

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And in fact in 2018 not released any quick technology with smart contracts. The hotly anticipated EOS not yet met expectations. Ethereum is in stagnation. The result for the year of Bitcoin fell more than five times, and Ethereum — ten.

Other famous crypto-currencies — and even more.

In 2019, this situation has to change: there will be next-generation technology, and existing pump. And on these new technologies we are going to do projects.


It’s not all that awaits us in 2019. In early summer, Apple and Google will reveal the next version of iOS and Android, which probably will be new chips related to machine learning and something that we don’t expect.

Moreover, iOS 13 needs to obtain a completely new design, which at the time were in iOS 7. Talking about this leakage in different sources and suspiciously minor release of iOS 12, and iOS 6. True or not, will find out in a few months. In any case, it will be an interesting year, as always.

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