IoT in Mobile App Development: A Technological Flexibility

Aman Chaurasia

Mobile apps are ubiquitous today. It’s as if for everything, there is an app out there. Just explore Android or Apple store and you will find thousands of apps serving a wide range of purposes. Whether to book a cab, order food, buy grocery or clothes, or make payments, we use some mobile app every day.

Mobile apps have also become an essential tool for the organizations to stay ahead in the competitive market. They use apps to interact with their customers, facilitate employee collaboration, track orders, oversee the work process, manage supply chain etc. Financial services, manufacturing, construction, healthcare – name any industry and you’ll realize that apps have become a necessity everywhere.

Recently, the growing application of internet of things (IoT) has started to impact mobile app development process significantly. Developers are analyzing the need for integrating apps and IoT and exploring the potential of this synchronization.

Now that IoT is garnering so much attention in the developer community, let’s go ahead and see how it’s upgrading the mobile app development process and why there is a need for it.

Personalized experience to users

The reasons why mobile apps found a widespread adoption that they work as dedicated digital assistants for the users. They collect various pieces of information over time to give custom responses to the users. This means that over the usage, the apps become smarter and their responses tend to become more accurate with each interaction or command.

Here, IoT can multiply the effectiveness of an app. Developers can utilize IoT capabilities while building the app so that it can leverage real-time data and location-based services to deliver an enhanced personalized experience.

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Reduced app development time

It’s evident that IoT has given its Midas Touch to several aspects of personal and professional lives, providing an unexpected level of convenience to users. And now it’s proving a help for mobile app developers as well.

Developing an app requires a lot of time from the developer. By facilitating a machine-internet interaction, IoT is enabling the developers to complete building an app in much less time, saving them significantly on the efforts involved. Developers can use this time to build more apps and update the existing ones. Besides, they can use IoT to add several innovative and more engaging features in the app.

Improved efficiency

Application of IoT in mobile app development can lead to a greater efficiency and better utilization of resources. Using the app, users can interact with multiple devices through a single main IoT interface.

This integration will automate several processes which will give way to more smart homes and smart cities. In the business world, an enhanced mobile strategy powered by IoT will ensure to free up a good part of employee bandwidth so that more attention can be given to core tasks.

Use of IoT-enabled mobile apps has already shown some remarkable results in manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Modified and more effective apps in future

Connected devices are the future and mobile apps must transform to accommodate functionality for them. In the absence of adequate connectivity, the apps will eventually lose the interest of users and hit a dead end.

Developers are gradually understanding this, and improving their apps to make them future-proof. Smart devices are becoming more common now. Developers should start designing new apps that can communicate with these devices to increase user adoption. They should also improve their existing apps in order for them to have IoT adaptability.

Aiming for integration with devices

Of course, user experience plays a key role in the adoption of mobile apps. Since the apps were introduced first, the major focus has been on making them convenient for the users. That’s why app developers were more dedicated to creating a user-friendly interface with ease of navigation.

However, as the number of devices and their application increase among people, developers are shifting their focus on developing apps that can work with smart connected devices to deliver better results. The idea here is to realize the benefits of the apps to the maximum extent using IoT.

Strengthened data security measures

When we use an app, it collects various pieces of personal information from us. It does so in order to provide personalized responses and recommendations. At the same time, since the apps are connected with the internet, this raises concerns about user privacy and security of data. Many people believe that mobile apps pose a high likelihood of data breach.

While the possibility of attacks cannot be denied, developers can strengthen the defense of the apps against possible security threats using IoT. It provides an additional strong layer of safety. Data encryption and multiple entry points ensure that all user data continues to stay protected.

The rise of new-age app developers

As IoT reaches its next stages, it will help people get even better accessibility and its adoption will increase. Therefore, there will be more businesses interested in IoT app development. That means there will be a rising demand for specialists.

Although the concept of IoT isn’t new, it’s still a relatively new technology. Developing an IoT app requires more than app development knowledge. Developers must learn new skills to build an app that can be fully integrated with IoT.

Looking at the current trend, it can be said that there will be a rise in the number of app developers with the specialization in this domain.

Need for innovation

Smartphone has played a major role in improving connectivity. And now, the need to remain connected seems to be growing among people. This can be largely credited to IoT. Increasing use of wearables and smart home products is the evidence that people like to stay connected with their devices all the time, even when they’re moving. And businesses as well as app developers appear to be observing this.

Considering this, we can be sure that in days to come, more businesses will start to come up with innovative ideas and launch IoT apps to engage with their customers.

At present, it requires wi-fi, mobile data, NFC or Bluetooth to connect an app with smart devices. There is a possibility that IoT encourages developers to come up with new, innovative ways of doing this.

It will not be long before IoT start the next stream of app development in the form of IoT applications which will combine connected devices, sensors, cloud, and analytics. What’s certain is that IoT apps are going to witness a great demand and they have a huge market ahead.

It’s good to see that it’s not only the users who are enjoying the advantages of IoT, but it’s also benefiting the mobile apps users, helping them reinvent app development.

Mobile app development will also evolve as IoT continues to progress. It’s simply because both of them will contribute to each other’s growth and bring more convenience to users across the world. Together, they’ll enable developers to coordinate with each other to develop even better apps.

If you’re looking to implement an app integrated with IoT, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We are an IoT app development company with significant experience in offering customized and versatile solutions for any kind of business.


about the author

Aman Chaurasia

Aman is a Digital Marketing Executive at TechJini. He frequently writes blogs on IoT, Automation and Digital Transformation.