2020 App Economy Predictions: New Discovery Channels, The Importance Of Context/Personalization, And The Rise Of India

Every year I consult with a handful of founders, CEOs and other experts on their predictions for the coming year, and I’m pleased to share their insights. As I spoke with them, a few common themes emerged, including new app discovery channels (eg. OEM app stores), increased need for app content to live outside the app, greater personalization/contextualization of marketing messages, and more data-driven decision-making. The need to protect privacy enforced by stricter regulation is another key issue for 2020

OEMs & Carriers Rising Role in the App Economy

OEMs are critical to the app economy, playing a significant role in determining how, when and why mobile devices are used.The ultimate decision as to what apps will be downloaded to a device may be influenced by OEMs (e.g. pre-install), however research suggests consumers are becoming more and more picky in how they search for apps on their mobile devices. OEM’s are adapting to the oversaturated app economy by distributing their new technology directly into the hands of their users.

This year’s MWC theme describes the powerful combination of flexible high-speed 5G networks, IoT, AI and big data: “Intelligent Connectivity marks the beginning of a new era of highly contextualized and personalized experiences, delivered when and where you want them.” This theme integrates beautifully with Appnext’s vision of helping users discover the most relevant apps along with their daily mobile journey specifically when they intend to use them.

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As we move from 2018 to 2019, the world collectively sets goals and makes promises to make themselves better in some way. More often than not, these goals include getting in shape, learning a new skill, or finally completing that project that’s been put off. Sometimes, these resolutions for the new year include goals aimed at improving your career, and if you’re an app developer, there are plenty of areas of your craft that can be improved. We’ve put together 5 New Years Resolutions for App Developers to help you make 2019 the best year for your app yet.

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