I am sure you will agree with me when I say, mobile apps are no longer a thing of the past. Moreover, they are trending and unfolding on many fronts for businesses as well as individuals. Whether it’s for shopping, streamlining business, booking flights, ordering food, and much more, mobile apps are dominating the current market. According to the latest stats, around 90% of time people spent on mobile apps. As a result, the technology has become so powerful that it has started influencing budding innovations such as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Starting with what the concept of IoT covers, it can be simply defined as connecting various things or smart devices as they are called, to the internet. This connectivity between physical devices can happen anywhere. Starting from your home to office and include appliances, smoke alarms, light fixtures, and practically any device you may have. All it requires is to be connected to the web or another device in some way. Over the last few years, IoT has become increasingly popular of course due to its ease of use and the convenience it can offer.
If I recall things back in 2011, Google introduced Nest, a smart thermostat that can be controlled easily with the help of your smartphone. Right after the release of much-appreciated Apple watch, the graph of tech watches seemed to broaden further. As a result, several companies got encouraged to produce a safety-oriented watch for the aging population as a part of a home monitoring kit. At present, we must admit the fact that upcoming technology is a bridge for forward-thinking enterprises that are trying to build smarter devices that can enhance every aspect of our lives.
The intersecting point- Mobile apps & IoT
It is quite easy to presume why IoT is gaining so much attention. The technology is becoming popular by making things incredibly easy and see the fast-growing trend of connecting all sorts of physical devices really worked! Now IoT is a kind of technology that has been embraced by a lot of mobile app developers, the moment it came into existence. Because IoT devices are mostly controlled using mobiles, the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile apps work extremely well together.
IoT impact on Mobile App Development
- Reduction in Human Effort– The assistance provided by IoT has offered us everything beyond expectation. It has made life easier for both users and app developers in several ways. With so much interactivity of the internet with the devices, technology has been able to manage a lot of tasks for the users. This, in turn, has reduced overall effort from developer’s end they put while building an app.
- Change of Focus of Apps– Initially developers were focused on making the interface friendly for the users. But now the focus has been shifted towards making the integration between the app and the smart devices more effective. Isn’t that great!
- Giving Priority to Making the App More Secure– Like I said before that the integration that takes place between the internet and surrounding devices uses the data of the user. Here the information is passed on and the data gets encrypted. There is a possibility that the data contains sensitive information of the user, which would be open to cybercrime.
- Specialization in IoT App Development– IoT is a technology that requires a completely new and unified specialization. By the rate at which IoT is moving forward, every business would want to invest in developing IoT specialized apps & would not shy away from hiring specialists in this field. This is not just to stay ahead of their competition. But also to be constantly accessible by the users.
- Modification of Apps– Apps that don’t support connectivity with surrounding devices. Today we don’t have a stable chance to stay in the market. Developers are therefore investing more time in improvising their apps to make them adaptable to IoT.
IoT and Mobile application development will continue to grow and will likely come in the form of mobile apps, progressive web apps, and enterprise applications. But mobile, in particular, is highly suitable for IoT as smartphones already play the role of communication hubs.
So that’s all for now! Keep watching the space to get a better perspective!