Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wearable Device
Software Development Opportunities

Currently, there are 2,500 third-party apps available for wearable devices. According to IDC (as reported in the July 10, 2015 issue of Processor magazine) there will be 349,000 such applications by 2019. That should boost revenues for a lot of small independent software developers (microISVs).

"To succeed in what we expect will quickly become a very crowded category," IDC's research vice president John Jackson opines, "consumer-oriented app developers need to focus on intelligent service delivery and 'always on you' experiences that leverage the human factor improvements that smart wearable devices offer."

IDC predicts that we'll see mostly programs that connect wearable devices to smartphones in the near term. Look for standalone software as the wearable devices get smarter, and the software development community becomes more experienced.

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