In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, billions of people stay at home using mobile devices to communicate, order food, purchase goods, exercise, study, and entertain. Businesses are moving online to continue earning profit.
They are also organizing remote work to maintain internal operations. Although many sectors are suffering an economic crisis, some companies can seize the opportunity and earn an income by creating a mobile app. Take a look at how the number of hours spent on Android smartphones has increased because of the COVID-19:
Source: App Annie “Weekly Time Spent in Apps Grows 20% Year Over Year as People Hunker Down at Home” by Adithya Venkatraman
While hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and others are losing money and even going bankrupt, some are generating revenues. Business apps, e-learning solutions, video streaming services, audio and video communication tools, health and fitness products, food delivery platforms, gaming applications are examples of verticals where you can succeed.
There are plenty of advantages that an e-learning application may bring. Imagine an international company with numerous branches across the globe that needs to train specialists from different countries and offices. It has established management processes, complex operations and document flows, integrated software, and now aims to quickly onboard new people considering job specifics.
To give them the desired skills and knowledge, an organization has to prepare multiple courses in different languages. Hiring instructors, translating the information into many languages, providing the required equipment and location are associated with huge investments and bureaucracy headaches. So, it’s better to create an e-learning app that will allow employees to learn from any place in the world.
With a mobile solution, you can offer the required information in text, audio, and video formats, prepare tests, monitor progress, and identify the best learners. Furthermore, you can fully customize courses to your needs. You will also save costs as you don’t have to pay a salary to teachers and purchase training facilities.
Augmented reality is being frequently incorporated into e-learning products. You can train workers using not printed manuals but AR-based mobile apps that provide 3D visualization of the desired materials. In the healthcare sector, for instance, this method is used to learn anatomy in a more rapid way.
Users are increasingly shopping online, ordering food, buying groceries, clothes, and other things. Since few people are going to stores at the moment, business owners are focusing on process digitization: from upgrading (or creating from scratch) e-commerce stores to making mobile apps for delivery drivers.
You can build a smartphone solution that lets users purchase goods, track their status, receive notifications about shares and discounts, and communicate with managers.
If you have already had an e-commerce website, you can convert it into a mobile application or mobile site version. This will enable you to cover a larger audience and boost sales.
At the moment, we are witnessing healthcare digital transformation. Sensor technologies, biosensors, IoT-based devices, wearables, and smartphone apps are quickly transforming the industry, making it possible to remotely monitor user health.
Connecting sensors and wearables to mobile applications, medical organizations replace heavy expensive equipment with small devices. Accurate interpretation of health indicators and real-time statistics let doctors get the most detailed picture of the patient condition.