It’s not difficult to find a connection between mobile app development and the future of IoT. Technically, your smartphone and smart watch already are connected devices that belong to the Internet of Things. Of course, mobile app development becomes much more involved when you need software that controls or utilizes reports from multiple connected devices.

Mobile apps can already be used to set thermostats, view security cameras, and start cars remotely. Many businesses now have connected devices that automatically order supplies and in-office repairs. The IoT’s population keeps growing each year, bringing the current number of connected devices to more than 20 billion. This figure is expected to top 50 billion by 2020.

IoT

How Mobile App Development Changes Because of the IoT

This means that IoT apps have to do more than work with a particular mobile operating system; these apps also have to communicate with a number of different devices. Typical application development used to begin by documenting the on-screen functions the software needed to perform, but when coding mobile apps for the IoT, the desired physical functions must be considered first.

Before the mobile device can cooperate with a connected device, its developers need to learn how the connected device communicates. Typical mobile apps correspond via Wi-Fi, 4G-phone service or Bluetooth. However, some IoT devices have their own connection protocols and gateways, so connections may need to be customized in order to work.

Today, many developers can build apps for that broad spectrum of mobile devices. With existing development platforms, one developer may also work on versions of software for a handful of different operating systems, such as iOS, Android and Windows. However, programming for the IoT will become a more specialized, niche area. Companies that hope to do their own IoT development will have to invest in training or hiring people who already have these distinguishing development skills.

Work With Us to Develop Mobile Solutions for the IoT

The IoT will change the way mobile app development is done. Your business can count on the development team at SevenTablets to ease your business into the worldwide network of connected things. Contact us today to discuss your next mobile-to-IoT project.


Let’s Talk About Your Mobile Strategy

Related Posts:

Lacey Williams-McGhee

Lacey Williams-McGhee

Digital Marketing Specialist at SevenTablets
Lacey Williams is a marketing and design professional living in the great state of Texas. When she's not working hard at the SevenTablets headquarters or designing products for her side gig, she can be found exploring new restaurants, hanging out with her husband and searching for puppies on Craigslist.

Lacey earned a B.A. from Baylor University. Sic'em!
Lacey Williams-McGhee

Leave a Reply

Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud