We are a nation entirely dependent on mobile access. From quick Internet searches to streaming apps, Americans rely on smartphones to do the majority (if not all) of our technological work; it’s estimated that traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for more than 63% of total IP traffic by 2021. With 5G Internet getting closer and closer to taking over the U.S., there are some very real questions and concerns regarding how such speeds will impact mobile applications, and mobile use in general.
What Is 5G?
5G speeds are unparalleled. Compared to 4G, which generally manages 60 Mbps (megabits per second), this new generation is supposedly capable of transferring information at around one Tbps (terabit per second); for the uninitiated, that’s about 65,000 times faster. As a result, 5G Internet speeds will offer:
- Low to Zero Latency: 4G has an average latency of 50 milliseconds. 5G cuts the latency to just one millisecond, which translates to less network interference, downtime, and delays. Apps that are adjusted for 5G speeds will be a great asset to many businesses throughout the globe.
- Increased Connection Density: 5G supports the connectivity of up to one million devices in the same place, a far cry beyond 4G’s 2,000 devices within .38 square miles. This is a major advantage of IoT (Internet of Things) mobile app developers.
- Enhanced Battery Life: The combination of such speed and latency reduction is expected to lead to lower battery consumption. As a result, 5G will extend the battery life of mobile and IoT devices by up to 10 times; users will be able to use their applications for a longer period of time, inevitably benefiting mobile app owners and developers.
Unsurprisingly, 5G is expected to be a boon for mobile app creators.
“5G networks brings great innovation to the entire digital space,” said Eran Kinsbruner, chief technical evangelist for Perfecto. “With the new network infrastructure and specification, mobile together with the IoT will deliver much more reliable network communication.”
Kinsbruner explained that apps won’t suddenly be dramatically different. From a user perspective, you’ll see remarkably faster loading times; anything needs to be fetched from the cloud — whether it’s another frame of a video or a menu graphic — will appear in an instant.
“5G will enhance the user experience when working with augmented reality and virtual reality features, 4K, UHD video streaming, voice-related apps, all of which is delivered in seconds,” said Eran Kinsbruner.
The experience will revolutionize mobile use — and undoubtedly encourage it. When you consider the fact that more 18 to 34-year-olds and 18 to 49-year-olds watch Youtube than any cable network in the U.S., primarily on their phones, faster speeds and loads will only increase such behavior. The dependencies will inevitably feed each other as we grow more attached to our mobile phones and the newfound speed they possess.