In April, Samsung released the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The phone will be able to access 5G mobile data, which is estimated to be 20 times faster than 4G and offers a 20GB download speed minimum compared to 4G’s 1GB minimum speed. The new flagship device is launching first in South Korea and is expected to come to the United States sometime later following the greater rollout of the technology in the west.
While 5G is great news for those unhappy with sluggish download speeds, it’s not quite as good news if you’re a mobile app developer.
What is the 5G Adoption Rate?
The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the first 5G compatible smartphones tells you a lot about the 5G adoption rate. The device isn’t the most affordable smartphone and that means that it’s unlikely to be the reason why everyone starts celebrating 5G technology. There isn’t yet 5G coverage across all of the United States and this will also be a major hurdle for the technology’s adoption outside of South Korea. In South Korea, the technology is also facing some problems with its infrastructure and with the S10.
CCS Insight’s report had suggested that one billion people will be using 5G mobile data by 2023 and that half of these users will be in China. That doesn’t really spell out wide, global adoption and phone manufacturers will have to address things like 5G infrastructure and affordable 5G compatible devices before more people get on board.
5G Isn’t the Only Way that Mobile Browsing is Getting Better
Websites and game developers are already using HTML5 to create content, realizing that not everyone wants to download a gaming app and that many would prefer to just load up a browser tab. The online casino industry has been quick on this, with many of the sites listed on NetEnt mobile casinos offering games that are compatible with mobile browsers and in the app. However players are accessing the slots and table casino games, they will run smoothly. The majority of browser games, such as the multiplayer and puzzle games offered on Miniclip (games like Soccer Stars and Tanki Online) and Newgrounds (such as Super Treadmill) are based on Flash. Some HTML5 games have been released, such as the popular Racing Monster Trucks and the Candy Crush Saga-style Fruita Crush, and this number will likely keep growing as developers learn the coding language.
Mobile apps are hugely popular and so it’s unlikely that they will go away altogether. With this greater adoption of HTML5 and with better development tools, and processes, it could at least shift things so that people aren’t any more likely to access content on one of them. It could give mobile app developers a reason to learn HTML5 and to get ready for what could be a growing demand for HTML5 developers.