Consumers’ and app designers’ dream became a reality in part when the White House revealed the DoD will “give up 100MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum for industrial usage, a procedure that will enhance U.S. 5G networks over the next 2 years.”
These advancements will prepare for some quite cool app experiences, along with a burst of development for users, marketers, and app designers alike.
Digital Turbine Media’s Executive Vice President shares the leading 6 patterns to anticipate as 5G covers the nation.
Here are 6 patterns you can anticipate to view as 5G covers the nation.
1. Progressive material: Phone and app virtualization
Progressive material, phone and app virtualization, enabled by 5G, will ultimately allow people to use their phones as they always wished they could. Here’s the concept: Rather than load up an app onto a device all at once, progressive material loads bits and bytes as needed. The result is an experience that feels more like a desktop than a mobile phone (read: lightning fast!). Virtualization, meanwhile, stores apps and data in the cloud, not the device. And as is the case with all things cloud, the result is a more seamless experience.
2. Stronger UA campaign results
Mobile app developers stand to gain a lot with 5G. The ads that deliver the most bang for their buck — playable ads, videos, gamification — will load super fast, so users are less likely to click away from them. More than that, 5G will shorten the time it takes to install an app, lessening the chance of users abandoning it altogether (install abandonment, which can reach 80%, is the bane of the industry).
3. Better monetization opportunities
Successful monetization in the app world is largely driven by time spent inside of an app. The more pages a person views, the more ads they can be shown. When apps are slow to load and use, individuals get bored and move on, taking with them the app developer’s ability to earn money. In short: Faster speeds means more time spent in-app, which translates directly to more revenue.
Once 5G makes mobile phones as fast as broadband, that’s when consumers will begin to see all of the augmented reality, enhanced reality, and IoT they’ve been promised for so long. As TechRadar wrote, “This synergy between AR and 5G will also expand the potential for remote control drone and robot operation through enhanced HUDs (Heads Up Displays) and improved haptic feedback. Indeed, this lofty principle of the so-called ‘Tactile Internet’ is expected to kickstart the fourth industrial revolution.”
5. Higher quality social media live
Social Media Live has saved a lot of lives and held a lot of people accountable over the past few years. But the video feeds, stuffed through a 3G or 4G network, are super grainy. 5G will significantly up their quality, and we can probably expect to see a lot more people using it.
6. More apps
The number of companies and designers creating apps is most likely to explode once 5G increases capacity and eliminates the latency woes of 3G and 4G. We’ll see a ton of AR games and wearables come to market. We’ll likewise see innovations in things like telemedicine, and a host of teleconferencing apps if 2021 sees another round of pandemic-induced lockdowns.
Combined, these developments will lay the groundwork for some pretty cool app experiences, as well as a burst of innovation for users, advertisers, and app designers alike.