Mobile App Development 2018: The Year Of Wearable Devices and IoT


Just the other morning, after a long, tedious, and unending night, I woke up to a strong intervals of vibration on my hand. I noticed I forgot to remove the new smart-band I bought yesterday and may have set the alarm while rummaging through the app.

During my ride to office on the bus, I noticed the fitness app and decided to change the settings for my alarm. Surprisingly, I was the one who got alarmed!

The app showed me last night’s sleep analysis, which was precisely broken down into three segments: Deep Sleep, Light Sleep, and Time Awake. It showed the total hours of sleep divided across the three segments. Not only this, there was a detailed analysis that told me how much more I should sleep, at what time should I go to bed, and the quality of sleep I got yesterday, which was obviously poor.

The Year of Wearable Devices

It is predicted that 2018 will be the year of wearable devices. Wearable devices cover dual facets — one being need and other being style statement. Gartner estimates that by 2021 sales of smartwatches will total nearly 81M units — representing 16 percent of total wearable device sales, according to the forecast.

Mobile app development services today have experienced a demand in development for a range of applications not only for smart bands, but also for smart homes, smart sneakers to analyze walking patterns, smartwatches to count  calories, wristbands assessing  sleep quality, and even smart gloves to help you with your golf swing.

This doesn’t stop here. Things are going to get bigger.

How Will Wearables Affect the Mobile App Development Services in the Future?

1. Artificial Intelligence

Every industry and vertical today is involved in the research and development of Artificial Intelligence for their organization. In order to accomplish the tasks devized for these wearable, one needs to harness the power of AI and big data to provide significant results.

2. Ergonomic UX/UI

In simple terms, if something is ergonomic, it is designed to minimize the discomfort in a way that is suitable to the environment. Wearables and IoT devices are often much smaller than the smartphone devices that we use. They are supposed to stick to our bodies in the cosiest manner possible. However, the non-physical, intangible aspects of the design are as important as the physical design. The UX and UI of the device have to be designed in way where users can easily adapt to the interface and experience smooth transmissions.

3. Cloud-Ready and Secured

As more and more data is being processed every second, the need of the hour is the cloud. The primary data center for these apps made to support the wearable tech is cloud. With a fast, agile, and secure environment, cloud becomes the most preferable choice during the IoT mobile app development services process.

4. Screen Size

At the intersection of template design, layout design, content placement, and information display lies the ‘information design.’ With the screen sizes getting smaller and smaller, design experts have to brainstorm new ideas that display  information correctly on the decreased screen size.

5. Semantics and Biometrics

Biometrics have now become common on all mobile devices, with features ranging from fingerprint sensors, face recognition sensors, heart rate detection, etc. Along with it, semantics has now become an integral part of app design. It is the study of science and meaning in language. With the amalgamation of semantics and biometrics in design, smart devices are able to interpret emotions, detect biopotential, track progress, and more.

6. Computational Capabilities

Users expect smart devices to work as fast as their computers and smartphones. Progress is achieved by making the new-age devices faster, and not the other way around. In order to provide real-time data, haptic feedback, process big data quickly, and efficiently the mobile applications, we need to be able to save time and display the data in an adroit manner.

7. Reinforced Energy Consumption

If there is one thing we loath about wireless electronic smart devices, it’s battery life. Whether we like it or not, we have to deal with low battery phases. The prime focus during mobile application development services should be on efficient energy consumption of the devices, which improves the battery life instead of draining it.


Wearable devices and IoT has disrupted the mobile app development services market and brought in some enduring changes to the market. For entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts, new doors have opened with a myriad of opportunities in app ideas and features.

This UrIoTNews article is syndicated fromDzone