Mobile app trends

trendy app ideas

Before we proceed to the list of business app ideas, let’s practice a little.

Take a piece of paper, think about your business and clients. When reading about each of the trends, try to generate one or two creative app ideas that can make the lives of your clients easier.

Let’s start!

1. Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality uses cutting-edge technology to lay some information (sounds, images, text) over the real world.

As indicated by Market Research Future, the worldwide market for Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) Apps is anticipated to grow to US$70 billion by 2023.

AR app ideas may be implemented in Interior Design, Automobile Industry, Restaurant business, Health Care, Tourism, etc.

Housecraft, IKEA Place, Pokemon Go, YouCam Makeup, Inkhunter, and Euclidean Lands are great examples of AR in business and game apps.

So try them for yourself to see the potential of modern AR apps.

2. Health Care and Telemedicine

Telehealth has become the moving spirit of healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a rapid growth of new cases threatens to overwhelm healthcare, many countries are looking towards mobile

Now, if you are sick and sneezing, you don’t need to rearrange your schedule or visit a doctor. A physician can examine your medical images, talk to you via video chat, prescribe drugs, and check symptoms remotely.

Mobile apps allow doctors to screen patients with respiratory symptoms or monitor dozens of people in intensive care units.

This reduces the risk of exposure, both to the patients and the staff.

In the future, AI-powered apps will provide basic diagnostic capabilities allowing doctors to cover more patients in a much larger area. Predictive analytics will help regular people discover health issues long before they become a significant problem.

Telemedicine has a potential to make healthcare more affordable, personalized, and effective.

Even now there are dozens of successful telemedicine apps. So, if you’re connected with healthcare, it’s time to review them and come up with new ideas for mobile applications.

3. Chatbots and Business Bots

Chatbots allow better customer service.

Starbucks makes it easy to order a drink or snack using a chatbot. It even tells when your drink is ready and how much you’ll have to pay for the order. And if that’s not enough, you can ask Mastercard’s bot how much you’ve spent on coffee this month and marvel at the huge bills

NativeMsg predicts that effective chatbot interaction will rise from 20% in 2017 to 93% in 2022.

With chatbots, you don’t need to worry about complex UI design, so why not to create one for your business?

Further reading: our guide on writing chatbot scripts and creating a conversational UI in part 1 and part 2 .

4. Virtual reality (VR)

Virtual Reality doesn’t just relate to the entertainment industry. Today it is applied in many spheres including Education, Healthcare, Air and Space, Marketing, Journalism, Travel, Real Estate, Trade, and Automotive.

For example, VR helps people overcome fears of crowds, heights, or public speaking as they can practice in a safe virtual environment. And those who want something more adventurous can always make a virtual tour to Paris or Niagara Falls thanks to a teaching tool Google Expeditions.

5. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Many apps and services we use today are based on artificial intelligence. Here are a few existing applications that may help you generate your own app idea:

  • Clara is built for recruiters. It automates business schedules, accepts confirmations and reserves conference rooms. It can integrate with calendars to check availability, propose time for meetings and contact the participants if the schedule changes.
  • Elsa is a professional coach helping to improve your English accent.
  • Fyle manages your business expenses. With the help of the mobile application, employees have an opportunity to scan, upload, and track company receipts.

And lastly, most SaaS solutions are now connected to machine learning interfaces from Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. So, now might be the right time to invest in AI.

6. Blockchain

Blockchain technology has started with payments and found its way into a huge range of industries. For example, 9 in 10 government firms are planning to invest in blockchain. Among the most interesting ideas for blockchain apps are smart contracts, distributed cloud storage, digital voting etc..

7. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is shaping up to be a multi-billion industry. Over 41 billion IoT devices are projected to connect with the network by 2025.

IoT may be applied to develop smart security solutions, healthcare monitoring systems, automatic smart parking, smart roads, multiroom music players, wireless sensor systems, water-quality monitoring etc.

The possibilities of IoT are almost infinite, so think how it can benefit your industry.

8. On-demand apps

We grew accustomed to receiving various services in a clap. It’s now possible to find on-demand apps for repair services, taxis, food delivery, shopping, cleaning and much more.

These services are a real lifesaver during the pandemic when most of us were forced to stay at home.

Are you hungry? Use an app and 5 pizzas will wait for you at the door.

Need a taxi? Easy. Open an app and make an order.

Want some medicine delivered to your door? No problem, there’s an app for that.

Both iOS and Android app ideas appear when you have a specific urgency in some service.

Spend 5–10 minutes developing your ideas right here, right now. Write them down, do some brainstorming. Can you notice some ideas that have a promising future?

Choose the best idea and try to expand it.

Read more: How to validate your app idea in real-world conditions.

No ideas appeared? Just have a look at our list of 21 best mobile app ideas that haven’t been made.

It doesn’t matter whether you are running your own business or just plan to do it. There are both app ideas for existing business and cool app startup ideas.

So choose any and get on with it!

20 mobile apps that need to be made

1. Changeholic – exchange goods with fellow users

Changeholic allows users to exchange various goods. A user will search for offers of those who want to swap different items like clothes, electronic devices, toys, mobile phones, etc.

Imagine you have a bike. It was a time when you sped around the neighborhood. Now it is knocking around in a storeroom – abandoned and lonely. You dream of a skateboard. And I have a skateboard in a closet.

With the help of an app, you can get a skateboard and I can own a bike. It’s the best way to get stuff without money involved!

Application field: This is a startup app idea that may help you grow а business. You can start with your local area and then expand the boundaries. This idea has a high potential to grow to an internationally used app.

2. All at Once – play songs and videos together with your friends

An app that enables connection of multiple smartphones to play an audio or video file on each of the smartphones simultaneously. It can be operated from one of the connected devices.

Just imagine you are sitting in a room with your friends and a piece of music plays on each phone in the room, the surround sound should be great!

Or you are at the lecture and the speaker asks you to review an educational video. You don’t need a projector anymore! Just take your smartphone, open the app and watch the video together with everybody else in the room.

Application field: It can be a great idea for a startup (just develop the app and charge a subscription fee). OR you can think of this app as a hallmark for your existing business in event management or education.

3. Bills Notifier – tracking new laws in your smartphone

An app that informs users when a new law is introduced. After the user has signed in and selected the category he wants to track, he is notified when the new bill is adopted. The notification may contain the name of the bill and 1-3 sentence summary with an ability to review the full description of the bill.

Application field: This application idea may interest companies providing legal, accounting, driving services. It benefits both employees and clients.

4. Listen to the Outworld – navigation for blind people

A user has to put a smartphone in the chest pocket, camera facing forward, and earphones connected. The application will use the device camera and Computer Vision to scan the environment and tell the person what’s going on around them. You can even expand on this idea to make a comprehensive navigation app.

Application field: This mobile app idea is valuable for companies and communities working with partially sighted and blind people. So, if you are looking for a meaningful startup idea, this might be the one you need.

5. Security Agent – protecting a stolen smartphone 

One that takes pictures whenever someone types the wrong unlock code on your phone and sends the photo to your email.

Application field: You can build a small business based on this idea – a lot of people have become very serious about the security of their smartphones.

6. Interactive contact lists 

The idea of this simple app is to create an interactive contact list that may contain current Twitter or Facebook statuses, job titles from LinkedIn, contact information (phone number, email, etc) from the web, methods to call the person via Telegram, access Instagram account etc.

Application field: There are so many accounts and social networks we use on a daily basis. We track photos of a person in one app, communicate with him/her in another, follow the activity in the third one. It will be much more convenient to open the contact list, find the person you need and select what we need. It is a really good app idea for a startup.

7. Inside out Shop – a curious spin on the e-commerce formula

There are plenty of e-commerce applications that use a similar model: customers search for necessary items and select what they need from the sellers’ offers.

Inside-out Shop allows the customers to post pictures or photos of what they require. Sellers will pick up on orders and suggest goods (custom or ready-made).

Application field: This ecommerce app idea can be added as a separate feature to an existing business, which works with individual orders (handmade, for example). It is also a nice app idea for a startup with a potential to become a transborder application.

8. FreeBee – free product samples and user reviews

A lot of companies offer trial/free products to see how users feel about them.

It would be great to have an app containing free product samples available for orders. Users would create their profiles and leave honest feedback.

Application field: This application is perfect for solo or group of companies producing food, cosmetics and other consumer goods. Collecting real feedback about new output, testing a few variants of one product with real customers or making some word of mouth marketing by using the app and giving free samples is a really beneficial idea.

9. Movies Recognition – Shazam for flicks

Let’s say, you see some trailer or part of the film and can’t remember its title. You can just take a snapshot of the scene, and the app will search for similar images on the Internet.

OR you may remember a quote but don’t remember what movie it is from. Just type the phrase and the app will provide you with the answer.

Application field: It can be a neat idea for a startup or a new feature for any movie-related app.

10. Hand Gesture Detector  

This app will use a smartphone camera to detect gestures and movements of a person, translate or describe them.

Application field: This app idea is for companies that teach handicraft (like sculpturing, fancy-work etc.). The app records hand gestures and movements of the teacher and their sequences. It will come in handy when working with children interactively or communicating with hearing impaired and mute people.

11. Travelgram – an interactive travel catalog

Each of us wants to remember what we did during the trip and the places we visited, presented as an interactive story. The app will track the path through GPS, add photos and create an unforgettable travel catalog.

Additionally, it may contain reviews, feedback, places to visit etc. It is like a combination of Instagram and Strava for travelers.

Application field: A great application idea for companies offering travel services. It is a vivid feature that will set your business apart. Your clients will share their trips, post them into the app and help new clients make a choice. It will also keep clients remember about your brand, drive new sales and build loyalty.

12. Pet Life Care – fitness for pets

We all want our four-legged friends to get the necessary amount of playing exercise, good food and care. By connecting to third-party fitness trackers and recording the activity, the app will show full information to the pet owner.

The app will be able to track, analyze and make reports about the pet’s health. Pet-owners will get notifications and reminders (to go to the vet, buy food etc.).

Application field: If you are an owner of a veterinary clinic or a pet store, this app idea is for you. While the pet owner will take better care of his friend, you can offer pet products or specific services based on the pet’s activity and behavior.

13. Need a bike! – Uber for bike lovers

This app will define the type of bicycle the user needs based on ~20 questions about height, weight, a landscape of the next ride, etc.

As an extra feature the app may provide useful advice and various challenges after you buy/rent a bicycle (for instance, propose a few interesting routes).

Application field: The app can be a great advantage for businesses that sell bikes and provide bike rental services. It can also be implemented as a marketplace app for multiple businesses, as the app may show the nearest stores with specific bike models right after a user finishes his/her questionnaire. 

14. SupportMe – community support for those who need it

An app where users with similar challenges and goals (e.g. quitting smoking, working out regularly, dieting), can support each other with kind words, share their stories, results, as well as handy tips.

Application field: This app will find its fans in communities and the healthcare industry.

15. Plant mood – plant health checkup

The app will remind you to water your plant. All you need to do is take a picture of the plant. The app will determine what plant it is, show you the information about how often it should be watered, whether your plant has a disease or pest infestation problem.

Application field: This idea is a mobile app business opportunity for companies that offer plant-related services or sell flowers. It can also be a fresh idea for startups that are planning to grow their business in this sphere.

16. JobBank – updating multiple resumes with one click

Next good app idea will come in handy both for job seekers and employers.

Yes, I know what you may say: “We have plenty of them!”. That’s true, but how wearily is it to post and update your CV on multiple platforms?

Isn’t it better to post it just once?

The idea of the app is that the user can post/update CV just once. The app will post/update CV on all work platforms the user has specified.

Employers will have the same opportunity – post a job position once and update it everywhere.

Application field: This application idea is perfect for businesses in the HR sphere, as well as for startups wanting to build an HR product.

17. Cat or Dog – identify a breed with your camera

An app will help people to identify the breed of cats and dogs. Take a photo of the animal you’re interested in and the app will show the breed of the dog or cat and its description: character, history, habits, etc.

Application field: A cool app idea for associations of dog and cat owners, companies that sell goods, and provide services for domestic animals.

18. Сourse Year – local courses for lovers of learning

The idea for an app is to build a space for people interested in self-development and those who offer courses in various fields (no matter free or paid, online or requiring attendance). There should be an ability to select the area to see courses in the neighborhood, or search for online courses all over the world.

Application field: When people can change their job without going outside the house, an ability to learn and self-improve is much-in-demand. You may start with a local app offering online and offline courses in your neighbourhood and then move to other locations. This idea may also be interesting for businesses and associations proposing educational courses.

Further reading: more inspirational ideas for location-based apps.

19. CartoonMe – making comics with your smartphone

The app allows you to create a cartoon comic story based on the images in your phone. It needs to have plenty of cartoon templates, effects, filters, emoticons, and comic-strip themed captions. Once the story is ready, the user can share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Application field: This is a great app development idea for entertainment startups.

20. Event Notifier – discovering local events with a fingertap

How often we find out about events when they are over and sigh:

“If only I had known about it before!”.

With this app you’ll never miss another event in your neighborhood. Just select the area and the types of events you’re interested in and the app will notify you about the upcoming venues.

Our team at MindK implemented similar features in a mobile app called Juvo. It automatically serves community members with all the events, posts or questions appearing within the radius. So, if you are interested in building on this idea, we know how to do it the right way.

Application field: This is one of the apps that need to be created for startups, event management and ticketing companies.

Further reading: how to come up with software ideas to make money [step-by-step guide]

Wrapping up

Mobile is the future raising from here and now.

Many of these great app ideas that don’t exist can simplify tedious tasks and brighten people’s lives. They can also become a backbone for a successful business.

So snap it up before someone else steals the idea you’re dreaming of!

Got an idea for the next great app? Let us know. We’ll be happy to transform your dream into an excellent product.

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