The world’s fastest 5G has launched in Raleigh and businesses are already excited about leveraging this new tech wave.
It has paved the way for businesses to upgrade their existing mobile applications to remain competitive in the market.
The astonishingly high speed and low latency of 5G impact the way people use mobile apps. It also presents ample opportunities for developers to create apps that offer faster and more personalized user experiences.
Let’s read further and understand the disruptive potential of 5G technology for businesses.
What is 5G Anyway?
5G means the fifth-generation mobile network – which is the latest global wireless standard.
If you believe 5G is a modified version of 4G, you’re entirely wrong. 5G is an entirely new network infrastructure with the potential to revolutionize the way mobile network functions.
It offers a seamless online experience with high-speed connectivity, quick downloads, and transfer of vast amounts of data in real-time from scores of connected devices.
It will surely open up many new use cases, leading to new business opportunities.
5G functions on three separate spectrum bands – low-band, mid-band, and high-band giving its users a wider usage density – much wider than we can ever imagine.
Why your Business Apps should be 5G-Ready?
5G as technology is set to bring a massive transformation in mobile networks – more significant than any other previous cellular network generation.
Whether you are a tech firm, an entrepreneur, or some other data-intensive organization, it is poised to benefit you a lot if you fully implement 5G in your company.
Here’s a list of the biggest reasons why your business apps should be 5G-ready:
1. Enhanced Features of 5G to build User Experiences like never before
5G has features that can improve mobile apps in many ways – making the current user experiences faster and better, showing 4K videos, and downloading content typically reserved for unmetered wi-fi.
Let’s take a look at these features.
- Faster Speed
This is where 5G stands much ahead of 4G.
5G is ultra-fast in terms of speed. Its speed of data transmission can reach up to 20 GB per second, which is ten to twenty times higher than your existing 4G network.
You can download a high definition long duration video file in seconds.
- Lower Latency
Thanks to a much lower latency rate, 5G will drastically improve communication.
The latency rate means the delay between sending and receiving digital information. A higher latency rate can lead to lag; therefore, low latency is desired for a glitch-free user experience.
The current 4G technology with an average of around 50 milliseconds can lag, leading to delays and glitches. This mostly happens in the case of high-definition video.
5G is expected to reduce the latency to 1 millisecond. The huge reduction in latency will help send and receive information super quickly.
This feature can help develop apps with AR and VR use – like apps with translation, teaching, gaming, and remote medical procedures.
- Increased Bandwidth
5G is set to increase the available bandwidth so that data transmission will increase.
The network will cope with many high-demand applications all simultaneously – from connected vehicles and IoT devices to AR/VR experiences and HD video streaming.
- Increased Connection Density
This is especially advantageous for IoT mobile apps. IoT or the Internet of Things needs connecting different devices.
With a 4G network, it is possible to connect around 2,000 devices within 0.38 square miles.
But 5G supports the connectivity of up to a million devices in the same space, which is an excellent advantage for any IoT (Internet of Things) mobile app developer.
- Better Reliability
Improved reliability of 5G because of better connectivity, speed, and desired latency will ensure that it becomes the standard for voice and video communications in all sectors.
Reliability would mean no dropped calls and connectivity, important for ‘critical’ use cases such as those related to remote surgeries, training, or connected vehicles.
- Better Precision
5G uses high radio frequencies (30 GHz to 300 GHz) and short wavelengths. It leads to much better precision capabilities and is extremely helpful in some high-precision GPS-enabled mobile apps.
5G network is expected to be way more flexible – with network slicing that allows a single physical network to be divided into several virtual networks and then use the right ‘slice’ depending on the use case requirements.
- Enhanced Battery Life
All this may sound as if it might drain your battery quickly but in actual 5G will have increased battery life. Fast speed and low latency are likely to lead to less consumption of the battery.
Consequently, 5G will reduce the workload and extend mobile and other IoT devices’ battery life by up to ten times.
App users will be able to use apps for a longer duration of time, which will eventually benefit the app businesses.
2. New Use Cases
All the brilliant features of the 5G network are set to open up a whole new world of new use cases that were not possible with 4G – Connected automotive, could AR and VR, Industrial IoT, etc.
3. Increased Productivity
5G being fast, 5G-enabled apps will boost users’ productivity and help businesses work more efficiently and quickly, thus saving cost.
4. Fast Information Transfer
There are many apps with necessary features for the transfer of data, money, or files.
5G will prove to be very helpful in such mobile apps by providing the speediest of transfers. Imagine users streaming 4K and 360-degree videos without lag.
5. Apps with Enhanced UI
The features mentioned above will encourage businesses to create an enhanced user interface.
6. A Rise in Cloud-Based Applications
The tasks that we do on our smartphones are becoming increasingly complex. With 5G, businesses will create apps that will efficiently use the cloud for data storage.
By placing the app’s data on the cloud, users can access and run apps without installing them on their devices in real.
It precisely means that your mobile phone’s physical limitations’ processing power and hardware won’t determine whether an app can be used or not; and how efficiently it will function on the phone.
7. AR/VR Use
5G is expected to extensively support the use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in mobile apps. This use won’t be restricted to any specific industry since it is being needed in almost all the industries.
8. Seamless Remote Working
5G is all about real-time communication. With 5G, businesses will have consistent, unbroken access to a fast and reliable internet connection with no drops in conference calls and videos.
5G presents a significant opportunity for all businesses to take advantage of its wonderful features.
There are many opportunities for developing cloud-based AI, IoT, AR, and VR apps that rely on the seamless transfer and processing of volumes of data.
How can you Ensure your Business Apps are 5G-Ready?
You can ensure that your existing apps are 5G-ready –
- The apps must be able to tap into potentially faster connections in range and cope with the inflow of many devices coming online. If the apps don’t do this, they will fall back to 4G and 3G features.
- Since many different devices can come online, apps need to be tested and geared up against any possible security vulnerabilities and ensured no loopholes when connecting to other external devices.
- Invest in revolutionary technologies – Power up your apps with cutting edge technologies like AR/VR/MR, IoT, Location-based services.
- Contemplate what kind of experiences you want to build for your users and make the functionality changes and enhancements for 5G-readiness.
- 5G functionalities may include meteredness, 5G detection, and Bandwidth estimation.
Use Cases of 5G for Business Mobile Apps
Let us explore how we can make the most of 5G in our apps.
1. Mobile games
The speed of 5G is not the only benefit for gamers. With higher bandwidth and lower response times of the fifth-generation connections, app developers will build more complex and demanding games that users will be able to access from anywhere.
This would also reduce any concerns over whether the mobile game runs on an older or lower specification mobile device – as long as the user has a 5G data plan, they could enjoy higher quality games. It’ll be cloud-based gaming, where the processing power will not be dependent on the mobile specification.
Games that incorporate Augmented Reality or Virtual reality will potentially be even more advanced, benefitting from high data transmission speeds.
For the current set of apps, people tend to turn off any AR or VR specific feature because it is said to consume much battery, and it doesn’t contribute much to the user experience. 5G will be able to address both these issues.
5G will become the tool AR needs to transition to wearable devices like headsets or glasses, rather than just apps on the phones.
2. Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is expected to rise to its full potential in the era of 5G.
5G will allow the app developers to unite lots of separate devices and sensors into one extensive system.
IoT systems will be used on whole buildings and make smart buildings or whole cities and finally make smart cities a reality rather than just a fantasy.
The data processing capabilities of IoT systems will increase with 5G. It is especially needed in the industrial sphere, where IoT devices help to detect and prevent hazardous situations and manage complex supply chains.
5G-enabled drones can help in surveying crops in the field.
Efficient building and facility management can be done with sensors’ connectivity to develop new solutions for occupancy management and visitor’s experience. The same can be done for larger facilities like malls, stadiums, or airports.
Tracking and monitoring of shipping and logistics are also possible with 5G-enabled IoT.
3. Video Streaming
5G-specific higher bandwidth applications – 4K streaming or 360-degree video are set to enable enhanced-quality, immersive experiences at real-time speeds for users.
As a viewer, you will be able to control the angle you want to take. For example in a video car race, you can look around and see who is ahead of you, next to you, or even behind you.
4. Augmented and Virtual Reality
Data-heavy technologies like AR and VR are running on 4G, but 5G will open new business opportunities.
While AR has always been a mobile technology, this hasn’t been the case with VR, which requires a lot of data processing. With 5G now, users will be able to enjoy VR from their mobile devices.
5. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
5G will bring a new life to AI and ML-based apps that collect and analyze a massive quantity of data to make quick and spontaneous decisions.
With greater access to an open connection and reliable wireless support, app developers will empower their apps to transform the analyzed results into decisions more promptly.
6. Location-based apps
All the mobile applications that use location features will surely benefit from a fifth-generation connection, as 5G will allow accuracy within just 1 meter, unlike 10 to 100 meters with 4G.
It will help users locate themselves and others more accurately.
Businesses will be able to build and develop attractive advertisements taking advantage of the features of 5G.
5G’s speed, capacity, and dramatically reduced power consumption and response times will make it possible to build an astonishing range of innovative new products and services.
Build A 5G-Ready Mobile App with Imaginovation
The next generation of mobile apps based on 5G will be way more powerful than the current ones. 5G is spreading across the world, and soon enough, it will cover all areas and all industries that currently use 4G.
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