Speaking about watches, this concept has greatly changed in the course of the last years. They are no longer about showing time only. Their function has expanded with the introduction of smart watches. It is no longer a surprise to see a person touching and interacting with his/her wristwatch.
Now smart watches implying wearable tech gadgets have become a great tool for solving various problems and helping in different life domains allowing to make various processes quicker and much more convenient. However one should keep in mind many challenges that one can face when developing for wearable devices such as restrained computing power, short battery life, small display size and limited functionality. Introducing a wearable app version as an addition to your custom mobile app development can help you expand your audience and get more benefits.
In this article, we’ll go through the 7 most successful use cases of smartwatch apps that you can implement for your mobile product.
1. Fitness trackers
Making a fitness tracker mobile application support wearable devices is probably the most popular option. There are many reasons that make this appliance so great. Wearable tech gadgets can measure steps, pulse and track one’s way on the map (if the watch supports GPS). Steps measuring can also work all day long and you don’t even need to have your smartphone nearby. When other functions are added (we talk about them later in this article), one doesn’t have to carry a smartphone when jogging or cycling. A smartwatch can track the distance, set the timer and even count calories burnt during the workout.
Huge news and media agencies introduce wearable versions of their apps. This may seem not so practical as the previous use case, but still, this can be really useful. They can send breaking news to the screen of a smartwatch so that the user can see right away what is happening in the world. However, the usefulness of such apps may be controversial unless your target audience is people obsessed with getting news immediately.
This idea is not as absurd as it may seem at first glance. You may argue about the convenience of gaming on such a small screen as now we have huge smartphone and tablet displays. But remember what mobile phones looked like 15 years ago. The screens were tiny and still we were all enjoying playing the snake game. Now we have smartwatches with about the same screen size so why not develop games for them to give your users joyful experience? There are already many successful games for wearable tech gadgets on the market and the number of ideas one can get to make more is almost infinite.
4. Calling and messaging
Receiving calls and messaging no longer require huge smartphones. One can make calls and send messages without bothering to take out a smartphone. It saves time and is much more convenient when one is on the go. You don’t even have to bother about the keyboard. Of course, it’s not so convenient as the one of a smartphone but still smartwatches have great methods of text input that are not worse than those used in old-school mobile phones with only numbers and a few additional buttons. Thus the waiting time on the line decreases and this saves one time and even nerves. Thus, mobile applications development and introducing a wearable version of the product can become an efficient solution for these purposes.
5. Weather apps
You may think that it is not really necessary to make weather forecasts available on a smart watches. Why not take a smartphone and check the weather forecast? But imagine the following situation. Morning. You are going to head out for work. Maybe you are running a little bit late and you forgot to check the forecast in the evening. You are standing in front of your closet and you can’t decide whether to take a short- or a long-sleeve short for you don’t know exactly if it will be warm or chilly later in the day. Your smartphone is already in your bag somewhere in another room. Would you like the idea to be able to check the weather in a few seconds just using your smartwatch in such a situation? Apparently, yes.
6. Notes and reminders
Another useful appliance of wearable applications is keeping notes and seeing reminders and notifications. Again, this is convenient and time-saving for users so that they can quickly get access the most important notes. Here is an example. You are going to a supermarket and you have a shopping list. Instead of holding your smartphone or a sheet of paper in one hand and your shopping cart in another you could just check all your items as easily as you check the time using your watch. This is handy as you can keep your hands free and avoid inconveniences.
One can say the same thing about maps. Imagine you are in a new city as a tourist and you don’t know the area. You can easily use your smartphone to navigate through the streets or you can keep your hands free (possibly for souvenirs, local food, beverages and purchases) and look at your wristwatch to seek the right path.
To sum up, custom mobile app development and the conjunction with wearable tech gadgets has become a great option to consider as it can bring many benefits to the product, make it much more convenient to use and improve the user experience as well. One doesn’t need to hold anything in a hand to use an application so it’s great to use on the go, in public transport and other circumstances that restrict one’s moves.
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