Top 5 Predictions for the Future of IoT and Mobile App Integration
November 29, 2021
4 min read
The adoption of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility are becoming more prominent as billions of people use smartphones that get connected. IoT and mobile app development are two such prospects that industry analysts predict can change our lives in a significant way. Imagine how IoT interfaces with mobile apps to improve user experience and convert a smartphone into a smart home’s manager of gadgets. These technologies are expected to dominate the future and bring a new change in enterprises across all industries.
IoT will take mobile app development to the next level. Many businesses across the globe are eagerly anticipating to see what the future holds in IoT and what they can control with a smartphone. Before digging deeper into the Internet of Things and mobile apps integration, have a look at what is IoT and IoT applications and where predominantly used.
What Is The Internet of Things?
IoT refers to a system of interconnected computing devices and machines that are able to exchange data and information over the network without human intervention.
In other words, IoT is the concept of connecting any device (that has an on/off switch) to the Internet and other connected devices. It is a giant network of connected devices or machines and humans. All together, collect and share information and data.
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IoT includes an unbelievable number of devices of all sizes and shapes. Starting from a smart microwave, which automatically cooks your food, to autonomous cars, where the complex sensor detects other vehicles and objects, to wearable devices that measure heart rate and the number of steps you’ve taken in a day.
Why IoT Matters
Any device that is connected to the internet, means it can send or receive data and information or do both. The ability to send and or receive data makes things smart. Let’s use smartphones as an example. You can watch videos or listen to any songs in the world, but not because the smartphone has every song or video stored on it. It is because these files are stored somewhere else (the cloud), and the smartphone can request a particular video or a song and receive the content to stream.
All the things that come under the IoT can be put into three categories:
Sensors – that collect information and transfer it to the computer.
Computers – that receive the data, information and then respond to it.
Things that do both.
The evolution of IoT is pushing the boundaries in the mobile application development industry to embrace new changes and innovation. For example, an IoT integrated mobile application can start your car remotely, monitor security cameras, control your home appliances and do much more.
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IoT and mobile apps integration is not just a rising trend nowadays but also has the potential to rebuild the perspective of enterprises in the coming years. It is predicted that there will be an exponential rise in the global mobile application market from $462 billion in 2019 to $935 billion by 2023. Another prediction says that by 2025, the total installed IoT devices will reach up to the 30 billion mark. Well, the following is a deeper look at the most influential trends that will determine the future of integrating mobile apps with IoT in the next couple of years.
IoT-Enabled Mobile Apps Will Necessarily Entail AI
It is important for businesses to manage and analyze large amounts of data received from IoT devices. The IoT is no more about just monitoring conduct, it’s about the rapid processing of data and making that information for accurate predictions. This is due to the capability of IoT to connect with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).
In the upcoming years, many businesses will depend on IoT and AI-powered mobile apps as everything will have connectivity. A few examples of existing IoT services integrated with AI like Google AI, Apple Siri, and Amazon Alexa, represent future possibilities of AI-driven IoT mobile apps. The combination of AI and IoT has the potential to improve mobile app performance and provide a personalized user experience.
Greater Data Security In Tandem With AutoML
There are greater concerns about data security and privacy in the IoT environment where multiple devices connect across different operating systems. And since data leaks are already on the rise, there is a massive increase in research and development on IoT-based mobile applications for better security using AutoML models.
Machine learning will be truly automated with human intervention, helping businesses to adapt to a completely new set of security measures. Businesses can create several interactive features in mobile apps using AutoML toolsets on both Android and iOS platforms. Machine learning holds the potential to perform highly efficient, scalable, and flexible tasks on big data to enhance data security.
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Rise In The Utilization Of Mobile Apps In Industrial IoT
In the industrial space, mobile apps have been the closest ally of a connected ecosystem. And now, mobile apps are playing a crucial role in powering the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IoT mobile apps have already made their presence in industry 4.0. However, there will be a maximum demand for IoT integrated mobile applications in the near future from industries such as manufacturing, logistics, and warehouse. It changes the way manufacturers operate their machines and factories.
Increase In The Usage Of Wearable IoT Apps
Wearable fitness devices and smartwatches are seamlessly interacting with smartphones through an app. wearable devices are an integral part of the IoT and wearable apps such as fitness trackers, smart eyewear, and more fall under the universal umbrella of IoT. Tech giants like Google and Apple are using IoT solutions for their wearable products like Smart Lenses and Apple iWatch, respectively.
There will be a huge rise in the utilization of customized wearable IoT-integrated apps in the upcoming years. The IoT app development companies will work on providing more control to the users and more secure connected systems.
Broader Scope Of Hybrid App Development
Hybrid App Development is the future of the mobile app industry. Traditional mobile apps only work on a specific platform, which is not ideally compatible with IoT applications. IoT-based apps cannot be on any particular platform. On the contrary, hybrid mobile apps work on multiple platforms enabling end-users to interact with the app on different devices.
IoT offers the benefits of advanced code capabilities to hybrid mobile app developers, to reuse the huge amount of code across multiple platforms. Mobile app developers will considerably collaborate with IoT product developers to build custom solutions for enterprise IoT projects.
The future is here! Mobile apps play a crucial role in implementing IoT. The relationship between IoT and mobile applications is improving with the proliferation and growth of connected devices. In the upcoming years, this relationship with IoT and mobile apps are likely to flourish and enter the mature stage. The IoT will continue to bring a massive change in the mobile app development ecosystem.
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