How Will 5G Impact Mobile App Development 2020

4G LTE has been a great innovation, giving global consumers a faster Internet browsing experience.  It has allowed transmission of thousands of MB of data from one computer to the myriad of globally connected devices in just a few seconds.  It is all possible with 4G connectivity – HD video definition video streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, etc.

Now, imagine a technology that is at the next level of speed – Fifth Generation wireless cellular network or 5G.

With 5G telecom providers are edging towards the next level of faster Internet browsing.  It’s going to be a great experience globally, but what does 5G mean for mobile developers and mobile device users, and how is it going to impact their experience?  One thing is surely expected, faster mobile Internet, but that’s just one of the game-changing benefits.

What Is 5G and How Fast Is It

5G’s real-world speed will depend on the infrastructure, but it has been quite impressive as per the tests conducted by experts.  Here are a few approximate speed benchmarks:

3G technology – capacity to hit 2Mbps
4G technology – capacity to hit 20 Mbps
5G technology – capacity to hit 10 to 50Gbps – and potentially even higher

If we take a closer look at the speed capacity of 5G, it’s nearly 1 terabit per second, which is 65,000 times faster than 4G.

Performance isn’t the Only Benefit of 5G Technology

When we talk about 3G and 4G, the speed is going to be the first thing that comes to mind, but this is not the case with 5G.  The latest technology also packs two massive advantages that allow developers to build new classes of platforms and apps like never before.

No Latency

When trying to control heavy machines and make critical decisions, delays can be fatal.  With the latest 5G technology, it’s going to be a smooth ride for consumers with a near-zero latency rate.  Compared with 4G technology, 5G has set a new benchmark in terms of speed.  Quick website load is going to be a reality along with many other benefits such as connected autonomous cars, responsive virtual reality, and remote surgery.

Better Connection Density

When browsing the Internet at large public events, connectivity can be a concern, but that’s not going to be the case anymore with higher connectivity density, which is multiple times higher than the 4G that supports around 2,000 connected devices per .38 square miles. With 5G technology, this number will become increasingly inadequate, as 5G allows approximately 1 million connected devices in the same space.

Impacts of 5G Technology on Mobile App Development

Many people would agree that 5G is going to make mobile and Internet browsing a great experience for end-users, but it has many benefits for mobile app developers too. With the latest technology, mobile apps will start to function more smoothly and efficiently, resulting in overall increased productivity for the users as well as developers.

eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband)

The first and most common benefit of using 5G is going to be media-rich experiences. There will be new opportunities available for end consumers looking for a better media-rich experience. The technology will target a greater bandwidth for faster upload and download speed, resulting in minimal delays.  If you’ve been feeling stressed out when watching HD videos with 360° on your mobile device, then get ready for this to change.

Stronger Wireless Connectivity

The current generation is always on the go, which is why the prime focus of 5G has revolved around several practices meant to deal with the slow nature of current wireless technologies.  We have a better and effective version of 3G, but still, it has its setbacks.

With the launch of 5G, it’s going to be a better experience as there will no longer be poor connectivity. Of course, users will need more substantial data packages via the mobile network as opposed to just Wi-Fi. And downloads will be completed with more reliable support.

Ambient Computing

We are all aware that ‘ambient computing’ is known for delivering users digital experiences with the ability to facilitate and measure sensors, machines, and technologies such as AI, ML, and IoT. With 5G technology, the implementation of Ambient Computing is going to be possible through wireless networks. It will result in offering end-users more reliable connectivity and wireless support.

AI and Machine Learning

We’ve all dreamed about flying cars, driverless vehicles, smart trucks and a lot more. It all seemed impossible as they all will need to connect wirelessly to a remote network to access a massive amount of data.  It will be possible with 5G, that allows machine learning and AI platforms to take advantage of reliable wireless support.  Taking quick decisions in real-time is going to be faster and easier than ever before.


Successful tests of 5G have been conducted by experts and it’s expected to launch in 2020.  It is surely the right time now for developers to start imagining the possibilities.

It is important to understand the possibilities and have a clear understanding of 5G and its applications and become top mobile app developers to leverage the power of 5G technology.  This will not only allow you to deliver the best to consumers but also leverage your company’s potential to build even higher standard mobile apps.  When available, 5G is sure to open up a whole new world of possibilities, and success is sure to follow.

About The Author

Gaurav is working at iTechnoLab as Project Lead and has over 9 years of experience in technologies like iOS & Android. He possesses a sound understanding of technical requirement/problem analysis and resolution for providing the best solutions to clients.

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