Wearable app development

Things you should keep in mind for developing a top-notch wearable application

By Sandip Modi on 10 Oct, 2017

The industry is saturated with latest trends and technology. Wearable devices have also emerged as a growing trend. Now your watch, shoes, wristbands, jackets, and even your sunglasses are embedded with technology and applications. Wearable devices give you the power not only in your hands but from tip to toe. The most popular wearable device, for instance, is the fitness tracker.

But wearable app development comes with a lot of challenges. Companies providing wearable app development services often face some sort of setbacks and in most cases, the applications don’t work on all the devices. Let us have a look at some of the challenges to be kept in mind if you are a wearable app development company. These will help you in developing a top-notch wearable application.

Focus on UI/UX

When you think of a wearable device, you obviously don’t think of it having a 5-inch screen. That isn’t feasible as wearable applications lack enough screen space. It is very important for the developer to develop a wearable application that streamlines the user experience. The focus should be kept on passive data collection and voice commands. Also due to limited screen space, there is no scope for flashy icons and detailed navigation. Wearable app development requires an easy navigation to keep user interactions simple and quick.

Device independence

Although it is a huge feat to achieve, wearable devices should be built to function on their own. We usually use wearable devices that are tethered by a smart-phone. The wearable devices rely upon a tethered device, a larger device, like a smart-phone. What happens when the smart-phone battery dies out? Or when the wearable device leaves the Bluetooth range of the smartphone it is tethered to? So until developers learn to make wearables that function on their own, they must keep in mind, the above-mentioned constraints and develop an app accordingly.

Platform compatibility

Applications developed for a specific device are less successful than those that can operate across various platform. Wearable application development requires a cross-platform app that is compatible with popular platforms like Android and iOS. Applications developed for a single platform restricts the opportunities for the app to get higher user recognition. Efforts should be made to build a wearable device application that can be downloaded for any platform.

Battery efficient

Another important challenge faced by a wearable app development company, is making battery efficient applications. If your wearable device application is efficient and feature-rich but is also a big battery guzzler, chances are that users will remove it from their devices. A user requires an application that goes easy on the battery and also the memory.

Software upgradation issue

If you thought developed a wearable app was an easy task, maybe you should think again. Every time a new device gets introduced, certain changes are made in the coding of applications. Applications need changes in APIs (Application Program Interface) to be able to run on new devices. Wearable application developers need to learn new APIs to keep up with the growing trends.

At inheritX, we have a team of vetted wearable application developers. If you want expert wearable app developers let’s get talking.


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