Over the later part of 2019 you will see several mobile providers including Three, EE and Vodafone releasing 5G coverage in the UK. But how will that effect UK web design? What will small businesses need to bear in mind for their website? Today we take a look at some common questions.
Let’s start by explaining what 5G is before we look at its design affect. 5G is a major improvement on the 4th Generation of mobile phone networks. As with previous generations it will be a massive improvement on data speed. Most phones will not currently work on 5G networks, so phone companies have committed to making 5G-ready smartphones.
Your clients and consumers will be connecting to 5G networks now in several cities. The numbers will grow rapidly over the next few years. The speeds mean Mobile Web design can offer better video quality without delaying loading speeds. Although fast loading speed is essential for websites, 5G will play its part in supporting web design that is video rich. 5G has a lot less delay time, through its new advanced network design, and an even smoother ride for those on mobile devices. Will websites integrate and gracefully appear on the smart wearable technology market?
If 5G is changing the way we integrate with wearable technology then it looks like 5G is going to impact design and branding. Will it be in 2020?. We will have to wait and see. Although wearable technology is common, it’s not common enough. Its still in its early stages. maybe more like 2024 is when you will see if fully used in day to day life. I recently produced an article that looks at the predictions for 2020 web design and branding and wearable’s aren’t on that list. Check it out here if you havent done so yet Branding in 2020 .
5G has helped increase the need for using wearable technology. It’s expected that web designers and web developers will prepare for the rise of wearable technology by adapting interactivity for users of very small screens. Ease of access, ease of use and overall efficiency will be a priority.
Another likely change with 5G connections will be the reliance on virtual reality apps and virtual personal assistants. So Web designers will be integrating improved Chatbot’s and Artificial Intelligence in their web sites for business web sites.
5G connections will make visiting websites on Mobile devices an even more likely experience for your client. Currently over 52% of all web traffic is on mobile phones in 2018. 5G will only push that figure up for 2019.
As the internet becomes even more accessible, businesses will need eCommerce shops working on mobiles so a deal can be snapped up while your client is on the go.
With more potential customers browsing online, mobile web design is essential. If your website doesn’t work well on a mobile device, now is the time to make amendment. It’s incredibly simple to take your current web design and brand and convert it into a very smart looking mobile version. 5G has just made that an even more profitable reason to do so.