How Wearables Influence The Future Of Mobile App Development

A 2019 report stated that there were 5.11 billion mobile users worldwide and of those, 2.71 billion of them are smartphone users. The same report stated that 179 billion mobile applications are downloaded every single year and with such numbers, it is no wonder that mobile application development is one hot industry. In addition to what already seems like very healthy numbers, major business entities around the world are looking to grow their sales through mobile platforms as more and more people around the world embrace e-commerce. For this reason, we are seeing more online shops than physical ones because the former is more likely to reach a bigger target market while eliminating a lot of the overhead costs.

Companies in various industries are rushing to mobile app developers to build their brands through digital transformation services while interacting with their customer base through wearable devices, with some app developers such as Elegant Media broadening their services to also include smart watches.

Many times when people hear of wearable devices, they mostly think of the Apple Watch but there are so many more similar wearable. Some even enable users to interact with virtual content and holograms. Apart from watches, there are also headgears, shoes, spectacles among many other wearables that interact with mobile apps to seamlessly pass alone information. Having said all these, it is clear that the future of mobile application development is largely influenced by wearable gadgets.

As mobile technology evolves, the dynamics of mobile development also change and the only way to understand how this all ties into wearables influencing the mobile app world, you need to understand why people are embracing wearables in the first place.

  • It's ergonomic: The interface that is developed for these devices needs to display very concise information. This cancels the need to send what a user would deem is unnecessary information. Wearables generally have smaller screen sizes and this change in screen size means a more user-friendly interface, which is particularly important for outdoor fitness activities. .  
  • More responsive apps: To ensure that wearable gadgets are more interactive to commands, developers have to make the product work faster. The last thing a developer needs is for the user to ditch what would be a more efficient product for the more traditional smartphone, right? To avoid this, apps must be developed with a better computing ability.
  • Battery efficiency: Any user would like a device that works for long periods at a time without the need to recharge it. So mobile applications compatible with wearable gadgets must be built with this fact in mind.
  • Highly interactive: After Alexa and Google Home changed the game, everyone would like a gadget that responds to voice commands and/or hand gestures. This particular feature would be a game changer in mobile development. It is safe to say that the developer who first delivers this would reap the benefits by the truckloads.

The above listed points may seem few but enforcing even one of them would prove majorly beneficial to whoever decides to work towards them. They also show a few of the areas that will change (if not already changing) the world of mobile app design and development. There is also no denying that there will be other changes that will also prove relevant to how the world views and receives wearables. So far, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and cloud technology have been responsible for a lot of the changes seen in the app development world and it is safe to say that in the next few years, they will have changed the mobile development scene altogether.