Top mobile app development companies report: developing wearable apps

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Published on Jan 13, 2016 in Wearable App Developers Resources
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AppFutura presents this week's report about wearable apps development. For this report we have interviewed Prismetric, Agile Infoways and Konstant Infosolutions.

Wearable apps are the next big thing, that’s what a lot of our developers think. Basically, wearable apps are the same as apps for smartphones but with a customized designed and different functionalities. When using a wearable and its apps, it is recommended to have the app on your mobile phone or tablet and then use the wearable app to get the results or information more instantly.

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The basic difference lies in the proximity. Wearable Apps run on the devices with a completely different hardware, have a designed set of functions and hence executed in similar fashion. The app for every set of device will be different, and will differ with respect to their design and usability.

The wearable apps work in sync with the smartphones and usually carry out operations from the smartphones primarily and then pass it on to the synced device for further processing as per the flow of execution.

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A wearable app such as a fitness app can measure heart bits of users very accurately while in smart phones users need to take their phones out and manually perform navigation between the screens.

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We understand that wearable devices are compact size in comparison with smartphones, due to which, wearable apps should be developed with limited functionality & usage of devices. Furthermore, wearables have a small display or may not have any display at all, so the UX and usability of the wearable app also differs from the regular app.

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The process of developing a wearable app is still a rather new situation for most of the developers around the world. We asked our developers to talk about some of their experiences developing mobile apps and these are some of the highlights:

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We have created two wearable applications so far; however both of them are under strict NDA so we can not disclose the links. Pro is we can do many things in tiny device, but there can be many limitations to operate huge feature in small gadget. That is the only cons.

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"Watchface Smart” is our latest wearable app. When we develop any wearable app, it takes less time for designing the layouts as the screen size of wearables are small. So we can focus more on the functionalities. This is one of the advantages of it.If we talk about disadvantages, debugging of such applications can be difficult sometimes.

Apps that require data from sensors often need more development time than others which do not include device level integrations as it may take more time to implement activity recognition and integrate usability for different third party SDKs to be able to work in a seamless manner.

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Konstant is an emerging player in wearable game apps. SemaConnect, is a wearable app for Apple Watch. While using the app, you can discover the EV charging stations at home, at work, or at a wide variety of public parking locations throughout North America. We use Objective-C platform for developing the app.

We observe the time-saving point, which is one of the big advantages while developing an app. The problems we usually face during development is a strict guideline for the user interface, we can't leverage the users with all functionality on a wearable device as compared to smartphones and the reason is the compact size of wearables.

Our developers also have favorite apps developed by others, check them out:

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Apple Watch Apps ought to be the best with its set of built in apps that range from all the functions of a smartphone along with a camera remote, Apple Tv Remote and the most important feature of Siri makes interacting with the Apple Watch more easier. You just need to raise your wrist and speak out what you want Siri to execute for you. Call someone, open an app or even check your mail.

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"Watchface Smart” is our latest wearable app. When we develop any wearable app, it takes less time for designing the layouts as the screen size of wearables are small. So we can focus more on the functionalities. This is one of the advantages of it.If we talk about disadvantages, debugging of such applications can be difficult sometimes.

>Evernote for Android Wear is the best wearable app in the market right now. It allows you to create notes and to-do lists using voice commands. It automatically retrieves notes and content which are relevant to particular situation and it also lets you save location based notes and share them with others.

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Strava is one of the best wearable apps in the market. Strava can track and record all your jogging stats, distance and time via GPS through your mobile. With the help of this app, you can log your workout records automatically. Significantly, it runs on the best fitness wearables or smartphone powered by iOS or Android.

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The evolution of technology and the constant improvement of devices make it difficult for a wearable app or device to stay in tune for more than 6/12 months. There is not yet a mature wearables market. That’s why when you decide to start a project for a wearable device, it is recommended to study the market and the different technologies or devices that are the most used now and in the near future. No one wants to spend 3 months developing an app for a wearable device that will disappear in a week.

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The smartwatches will be the most used and the most sorted devices of all with its vast area of functionalities provided along with the added lifestyle status. It is more about prioritizing with the options available as the technology changes. Technology today requires you to go with the flow so when one has an option for a much more technically advanced device why would one opt otherwise?

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Smart watches (LG Watch Urbane 2, Moto 360 sport) are the most used wearable of the year.

Pedometer (counts each step a person takes while jogging) has been forgotten as smart bands are out in the market to do the same task.

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Fitbit is a pretty hot wearable device, while in smartwatches Apple Watch and Pebble are the most used wearables till now.

I think Google glass didn't match the level of the wearable industry, maybe in the current age, they have been forgotten, but as per the market predictions, Google is planning to come up with improvements that will embrace the quality of the product.

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Just like apps for other kind of devices, different industries need different features in their apps. In a constant changing world, developing wearable apps is more about learning what's needed in a moment and what will be needed next rather than looking for a perfect app that will be quickly obsolete. Experimentation and innovation are a must these days, as well as keeping your feet in the ground. Not all industries need a wearable app neither they need an app for every wearable device.

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Healthcare is one such industry that can benefit immensely from the wearable technology. It increases the option to provide real-time reporting and monitoring such as heart rate, activity level, calories burnt, stress rate etc. Precisely it could turn out to be a life-saver for many.

Every wearable app developed has a definite set of functions, but it is not the same for apps to be developed for fitness, health or task management. The depth required in the development differs from app to app depending on its purposes and tasks that it needs to accomplish.

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Health and Fitness is the industry which is going to grab number of advantages from the wearables as it provides, For example we have a glucose-sensing lenses which are assembled to measure glucose levels in the tears; CUR, the first smart pain relief band-Aid to manage and track pain as well as muscle soreness; smart watches to monitor your vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, your stress level, your sleep patterns, give alerts to possible oncoming heart attacks and strokes; smart socks allow users to manage their running techniques in real time as well as monitor heart rate; or electronic sensor tattoos are able to measure skin hydration, temperature and any electric signals from muscle and brain waves.

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The health care industry can take more advantage of wearables for tracking the records of their patients' health, facilitating remote monitoring on them and taking good care of their treatment with the help of quantified information data given by smart medical wearables. The utilities of fitness, health or task management differ from each one.

On one hand fitness app is useful to set workout plans, log vital metrics, provide access to fitness information for oneself and on the other hand, a health app is useful in facilitating remote monitoring of patients, self-monitoring of medical health and provides a huge data information in related sectors, now the third one is task management apps that keep records of your to-do list, events and give you notifications.

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And what’s coming in the future? Well this 2016 is full of surprises. Most of us aren’t even aware of the powerful devices and apps that will appear this year. Let’s see what our developers think.

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If we are talking about wearable devices, I would say prepare to be amazed. There are plenty of technology embedded devices that are vying for the consumer’s attention and with smartphones and IoT in the picture together we can expect some really good game changing devices.

The wearable devices are already a hit with the Healthcare and entertainment industry specifically the gaming industry is catching up fast with their list of devices. With the technology changing at such a fast pace there is no time for the wait and watch game, all you got to do is dive in and get started today.

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Following are the trends which will definitely going to rule the app development industry of wearable: cloud driven technology, application security, beacon and location based Wi-Fi services, IoT – Internet Of Things, big data and app analytics, in-app advertising and smart cities, homes and offices

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Trends are something that come and go. We understand that smart wristwear (smart watches, medical wristband, fitness bands) are ready to make up to 70% of total wearables shipments throughout the next five years but along with this, it is going to be a big year for virtual reality gaming gadgets as well.

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Finally, if you are thinking about developing a wearable app, please take in consideration the recommendations of Prismetric, Agile and Konstant.

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Wearable App development takes a good amount of risk and creativity with respect to app functions and special features, so need to put a lot of thought into that. Research and select the right SDK and development environment. Consider successful cases and maintain usability standards.

Use the data collected to improve productivity and engagement by providing them with actionable steps.

Most of all, be realistic and focus creating something that people will look forward to buy, wear and continue to use in the years to come.

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Try to make wearable app more user friendly. Develop applications compatible with all OS versions, with backward compatibility and which supports different OEM careers and their OS customizations.

Develop applications that require less physical interaction with user. For example use of voice and activity recognition.

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Keep the following things in mind:

Design Prototype: Wearables with small screens require a minimalistic and different design approach compared to smartphones apps, as they are attached to your body and continuously on movement with you.

You have to make sure that a wearable app must be developed for the device itself and for a Smartphone as well because the wearable has a small display or may not have any, in such cases, mobile connectivity is required to run apps.

We believe that for better results you need to develop these apps on the latest SDK's either for Android or iOS i.e. Android wear SDK or Apple SDK respectively.

An ecosystem of wearable tech designed accordingly, which in turn give the relevant information through a dramatic change of small screen size.

Build an app that will consume low-energy to ensure a longer battery life of the wearable devices.

Check our lists with the top wearable apps for Android and Apple wearable devices of 2015:

Android

Best wearable apps for Android

ios

Best wearable apps for iOS

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