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5 things to know about wearable application development

In a sense, “wearable technology” has been with us for centuries. The first “necklace watch” was invented in the 1500s, the first wristwatch in the 1600s.  Wearable technology entered its highest-impact realm—medicine and healthcare—in the 1800s with the invention of the first wearable in-ear hearing aid. It entered the digital age with the digital watch and the nascent app age with the calculator watch.

This long history culminated in the revolutionary Fitbit in 2010. This wearable step-counter opened the floodgates of the “Quantified Self” movement—wearable devices to track and count everything about a person, from their heart rate to their blood sugar, in an effort to optimize user health.  An even bigger breakthrough of internet-enabled (IoT, or the Internet of Things) wearable health monitors furnishes healthcare providers with medically relevant data between doctor visits, providing doctors a much more robust picture of their patients’ health.

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A guide to mobile app strategy for healthcare companies

At a 1983 conference in Aspen, Steve Jobs gave a presentation where he predicted a kind of “digital record store” where people would download discrete software applications over telephone lines. This was 24 years before the first iPhone and 24 years before the App Store debuted with 500 apps. It was even 14 years before Snake, the addictive game that could be played on Nokia phones or discreetly during class on graphing calculators, ruined AP Calculus for a generation of students.

As of 2020, according to Forbes, those first 500 apps have ballooned to over 8.9 million apps.  According to Grandview Research, the mobile app industry surpassed $154 billion in 2019 with an expected compound annual growth rate of 11.5% through 2027. According to App Annie, as of 2021 consumers spend an average of 4.2 hours a day on mobile apps. 

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7 mobile app challenges & how to handle them

With nearly two million apps available on the App Store and nearly 3 million on the Google Play Store, mobile app developers have their work cut out for them. 

Users expect more from their apps than ever — performance, visual appeal, user-friendliness, and a unique solution to a daily problem. For every problem, though, there seem to be no fewer than three apps vying for the same market share.

Aspiring app developers face a more competitive landscape than ever. But even if the supply is abundant, so is the demand. Consumers are still looking for the next game-changing amazing app. There’s no reason that the app can’t be yours if you manage the challenges standing between an app developer and their target market.

Here are seven challenges faced by mobile app developers and how to handle them. 

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How to build a great mobile app in 8 simple steps

Mobile app development can seem like a daunting process, but breaking it down into steps can help clarify the approach for your next mobile app project. This article will take you through building an app in eight basic steps.

Table XI has a decade of experience in mobile app development, and we’ve seen it all. From researching the product-market fit of a new app to wireframing, design, project management, app deployment, and every step in between, our team knows how to turn software into one of your greatest strengths.

In this article, we’ll take a look at each of the steps needed to build a mobile app. This guide will help you create a digital product your customers will actually want to revisit again and again.

Let’s get started.

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8 mobile app development trends to watch in 2021

It’s easy to forget that mobile devices as we now know them have barely existed for a decade, considering how ubiquitous they are.

According to Pew Research, 81% of US adults own smartphones—including 96% of 18-29-year-olds and 96% of 30-49-year-olds. In 2018 the number of “smartphone-dependent” US adults reached 20%—that is to say, adults who relied on smartphones as their primary source of internet connectivity. According to Tech Times, 3.5 billion smartphones are in circulation globally.

The importance of mobile apps has marched hand-in-hand with the importance of the devices themselves. Tech Times notes that of the 2.7 hours per day consumers spend on smartphones, 86% of that time is spent on apps.

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Simulating a wearable medical device to test a healthcare app

Wearable medical devices are just the start of a revolution in healthcare innovation. As they track symptoms and routines and take measurements, they build a body of data that can tell your healthcare team more about you than ever before. 

That is, if you have a healthcare app to collect the data from the device and record it in a way that makes sense.

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How to launch an app in Google Play and the Apple App Store

When you’re thinking about how to launch an app, it can feel a little like a celebration. You’ve built this great thing, and now you get to show it off to users.

Treat your app launch like an afterthought, though, and you might not get any of those users at all.

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React Native Stack: Our tools for building in React Native

We developed our React Native stack because we’re constantly trying to find tools that will make our products better. Any time we hear about a new tool or technique, our mobile team has a process for testing them out. If it proves out – delivering value to our clients — we’re quick to work it into our stack. 

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Internet of Things applications can streamline your business

Internet of Things applications have the iPhone to thank for getting the concept more commonplace. When it launched, all of the sudden everyone was carrying a universal remote in their pocket. With the iPhone, the history of the Internet of Things exploded. Pretty quickly IoT was popping up in home appliances, then creating the connected home trend. Our first Internet of Things device applied the technology to the manufacturing industry. Today we work on Internet of Things projects in utilities, logistics and retail as well.

The best part? It’s clear this is just beginning. Internet of Things growth is happening fast, and businesses who take advantage now can benefit for years to come. Here’s a guide to the Internet of Things to help you make that happen.

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Cross-platform app development — how it works and what to ask

Cross-platform app development promises to deliver both Android and iOS native apps from one codebase, a two-for-one deal. If that sounds too good to be true, it’s because usually it is.

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