As smart technology permeates our society, powering our wearables, homes, cars, and other IoT devices, apps to drive are also on the rise. In fact, a recent report by VisionMobile said that out of the 4.5 million people identified as IoT developers in 2015, 1.4 million were focused on smart home apps. According to VisionMobile’s IoT Megatrends 2016 report, there are seven distinct IoT areas that app developers work in—smart home, retail, industrial, wearables, smart city, medical and connected car—with the opportunities offered by connected homes a clear favorite.
Retail IoT apps, wearables and industrial versions attract around one million app developers each, while the connected car is of interest to 700,000 people. People have become used to the concept of IoT and recent research by Gartner said that there could be as many as 700 million smart homes by 2020. With smartphones and tablets working as remote controls for connected devices, there will be a tremendous need for new apps to drive them.
And according to IDC Research, 101.9 million wearable devices were shipped in 2016, a 29 percent increase over 2015.The rise of smart wearables like the Apple Watch and Microsoft’s Hololens demonstrate the rise of new opportunities for app developers and vendors to provide connected apps.
"The trajectory of the wearables market signals a strong opportunity for developers," Llamas continued. "Applications increase the value and utility of a wearable, and users want to see more than just their health and fitness results. News, weather, sports, social media, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications will all have a place on a wearable. And, when combined with cellular connectivity, users will not have to take out their smartphones to get the latest information. All they will need to do is glance at their wearable."
This year sees a huge opportunity to leverage this new smart space. We have gathered a list of some of the top mobile app development trends to watch in 2017.
The most important feature of apps in 2017, however – whether for smartphones or other smart applications – will be a premium and smooth user experience. One aspect that guarantees success is the use of rich media that help transform apps into better and more memorable tools. Through effective display of data and content on your mobile user interface, you can help guarantee a positive user experience. The most successful apps will exploit technologies with novel features like interactive content layers; circular design patterns, cards, and manipulation of content to create an augmented reality that allows users to interact with content in further detail.From LBS to AR and beyond, AppSheet has a wide range of tools to help you create the smart apps for your business to connect with your customers and their devices.