Wearable technology has been trying to enclose us for a long time and now it is emerging at full-speed with cutting-edge solutions to drive as many users as possible. With Apple Watch, Google Glass, FitBit, Pebble, and HoloLens, wearable technology is creating a buzz in the market.
Let’s just say that wearable technology is blooming the market and hold great opportunities for businesses, mobile app development companies, and developers.
Statistical Facts Supporting the Boom of Wearable Technology
In 2015, 27.4 million wearable devices were shipped. The figure rose to 178 million devices in 2018. For 2019, the wearable industry has achieved a growth of 25.8% (approximately 255 million units) increase in sales volume.
After reading the facts, the question everybody is fighting with is: why does wearable technology blossoming at its full?
The answer hides behind the impacts of wearable technology on users’ life.
Impacts of Wearable Technology in Consumers’ Daily Life
Wearable technology allows users to track A-Z activities throughout the day. It enables them to stay connected with the globe at any time from any place (a similar facility offered by smartphones). Plus, it offers an excellent customer experience. Users no longer need to take out their smartphones or open tablets to see the latest email arrived. They can enjoy such amenities with a glance down on their wrists wrapped with a smartwatch. They can read and answer messages, make or receive phone calls, surf social media, join in various fitness challenges, and track each move while sharing it in real-time.
Long story short, from general connectedness to tracking each movement, wearables are changing the way we experience everyday lives.
Now let me show you the glimpses of how brands and app development companies are taking advantage of the wearable boom.
Popular Brands Flourishing with Wearable Technologies and Apps
One of the most popular examples worth discussing here is Apple’s Heart Study app. The app detects unusual or irregular heart rates and alert users for the same. For example, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) can lead to stroke, blood clots or other dangerous heart conditions. The app alerts the patient for possible dangers and the patient can take on-time care to prevent further damage.
Another good example is the Move ECG device that measures the patient’s electrocardiogram and sends reports to their doctor for monitoring conditions even if the doctor is outside the office.
Next comes the most famous hotels and resorts including Starwood’s Aloft, W Hotels, and Element are allowing their guests to enter the rooms using smartwatches as a key since 2014. Today, this trend has expanded to a multitude of other hotels.
In terms of the travel industry, airports are not left behind. The Cincinnati Airport provides Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches with the Taskwatch app to their janitorial staff. The watch alerts the staff when restrooms are in need of cleaning and supplies are needed to be replenished. The app rewards the first responders, giving them incentivize points for quick turnaround.
Do these examples trigger any wearable app for your business?
Before you jump in, let me introduce you to the best technology to adopt for wearable app development.
Best Technology for Wearable App Development
By all means, Android is the best suitable option for wearable app development.
I will tell you why.
First of all, because we are talking about Android here. Experienced developers are familiar with Android so developing wearable apps come handy as Android resides at the core. If you are a business owner, you are well aware of the growing usage of Android apps. Moreover, you have Android Studio to help you develop wearable apps effortlessly.
Power of Android Studio for Wearable App Development
Android Studio allows easy management of wearable apps. It offers two modules including “mobile” and “wear” for wearable app projects which help you develop two apps, one for smartphone and another for the wearable device, respectively.
If you are thinking you may get confused while developing two apps at a time for different devices, Android gets an easy grasp over things. It offers IDE that separates logcasts and everything related to the application running on the smart devices. You can easily jump between the mobile device logs and Wear logs to ensure everything is running seamlessly and flawlessly.
Android Studio possesses an incredible feature that developers admire the most. It’s Android Debugging Bridge where you can put the “wear” module for testing the design changes in the app without connecting your phone device. It helps you fix bugs quickly and align objects where they fit.
So, are you ready to put your hands in Wearable apps?
If you need some more convincing, I got you covered.
The demand for Wearable Apps
The demand for wearable apps is not limited to smartwatches or wrist bands. They are extending towards sneakers, smart homes, smart workplace, smart cars, or anything you can relate your life with.
People are willing to wear sneakers that analyze their walking patterns. They want their watches to count calories consumption and burning so that they live a balanced life. They even dream of wearing smart gloves that assist them in golf clubs.
Wearable apps remain in constant touch with users unless they take it off. So, if you offer them wearable apps, your business will remain in touch with users and branding becomes easier than ever. No matter what your business type is, you will find some way to slip in users’ daily life via wearable apps. Similarly, the way you developed apps for smartphones, it’s time to develop an app for wearables.
According to the experts’ research, we have reached the wearable technology phase. In no time, you will find people running, walking, and handling chores using wearable technology and apps. Also, you will notice brands running for ideas to offer an unbeatable user experience via wearable apps. It means they will add more valuable features for their customers while improving their marketing strategies in tiny-winy devices. The icing on the cake is, with artificial intelligence and virtual assistants on the grow, wearable apps are going to be more powerful than ever.
This is your opportunity to jump in before the market gets overcrowded like mobile apps.