Internet Trends 2015: INFOGRAPHIC


We were looking at an infographic that shows the trends in Internet usage over the past 20 years and we thought we would share a few of the insights here. One very noticeable trend is that although Internet access in general has spread dramatically over the past decades, the ownership of mobile phones has exploded over the same period with over 70% of the world’s population now owning a mobile phone – and many of them are capable of accessing the Internet. As well as looking up various types of information including news, sport, and travel info, people are increasingly banking on their phones, buying goods, paying bills and so on – their phones are becoming an indispensible part of their lives, for leisure and work.

This means that if you are a software developer and create apps for business or consumers to use, you have to support a range of mobile devices, including mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktop PCs. Fortunately if you use Omnis Studio you can create apps that cater to more or less any device on any platform, and you can use the same application code to build one app for all these platforms. Please take a look at the Omnis Studio website to find out more about web and mobile app development with Omnis, and here is the infographic from Advice Interactive Group.

Internet Trends of 2015 Infographic

Thank you to Advice Interactive Group and Visually for providing this infographic, and you might like to read a lot more detail from the original source data from KPCB.

IoT is Changing the Way We Live


The Internet of things is not a new phenomenon as we shared a few weeks ago with the history of wearables dating back to the 1660s and the Qing Dynasty. We have also shared that the Internet of Things is projected to hit mainstream by 2020 as Gartner stated in their report that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use by this year, 2015 and that by 2020 it is projected to reach 25 billion things.

We’ve probably all seen someone wearing an exercise monitor such as a Fitbit or an Apple Watch and some of us may even have seen or have connected homes with ‘things’ such as Nest.

Connected devices and the Internet of Things are evolving and one way is that they are starting to show up at connected locations and events. Disney World in Florida is one of these places where a simple RFID tracker bracelet has transformed the park. Disney’s wearable and connected MagicBands transform visitors’ experiences by creating itineraries, alerting wearers of shows and even scheduling ride times to eliminate lines.

In addition to the wearable devices we are used to seeing, this infographic by Softweb Solutions showcases not only the projected growth and adoption trends but also the top wearable categories and industries driving IoT growth.

The Internet of Things doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and as far back as 2008, the number of ‘things’ connected to the Internet already exceeded the number of people on earth. As this demand for IoT rapidly increases so will the need for software to control all the data gathered from these connected things, therefore software developers will gain from this expansion in IoT and a development tool such as Omnis Studio is very capable of meeting this need.


IoT - Internet of Things is changing the way we live

The History of Wearables


Believe it or not, the desire to wear ‘tech’ is not a recent phenomenon. In the 1660s, during the Qing Dynasty, a ring was introduced with a fully functional, 1.2 cm long by .7 cm wide abacus. Also, we can’t forget about the pocket watch or the wrist calculator. Since then, we’ve come a long way. Now wearables are projected to hit the mainstream by 2020 and who knows what will come next.

It seems however that one consistency with today’s wearables is the fact that most require an operating system compatible with mobile devices. Luckily for Omnis this is an opportunity, as Omnis Studio not only offers a mobile app development platform, but one that works seamlessly across all mobile devices.

Looking back at the wearables of the past only makes us excited about the possibilities of the future.

Top Tech Trends – Now & Then


As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to take you back to some of the tech trends we saw materialize this past year. Check out this insightful infographic from Fast Business outlining a few of them.

  • Wearables is a topic that isn’t going away. While still in its infancy, global spending on wearables is predicted to hit $19 Billion by 2018.
  • Predictive Analytics, a trend in the Big Data spectrum, includes descriptive and predictive data analytics. 2014 saw this technology became more intuitive, more user-friendly, more widely available and more accessible to small and midsize businesses. The market is projected to grow from $2.2 Billion in 2013 to $3.4 Billion in 2018.
And looking forward to 2015:
  • The Internet of Things is among the top innovations predicted to continue momentum for the coming year. And as we become more and more connected, it is predicted that the IoT will generate 403 zettabytes of data from connected devices by 2018 and by 2020 will generate $7.1 Trillion in annual sales.

These are just a few of the trends that came to fruition in 2014 and a few that are predicted to take hold in 2015. Regardless of what trends the future may bring, we wish you all a happy New Year!

Internet of Things Hitting Mainstream


In a prior post, we wrote about the burgeoning market space of connected things (for example, connecting household objects like appliances via mobile apps). To continue on that vast and growing topic, we came across a Statista chart which illustrates a recent Gartner report stating that 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use by 2015, which is up 30 percent from 2014, and is projected to reach 25 billion by 2020.   

Connected “things” also known as the Internet of Things is a broad category which includes items such as smart thermostats, wearables like smartwatches and Google Glass and app-controlled cars. While these examples are consumer-based objects, examples of connected things in business are also exhaustive. Both Microsoft and Oracle have dedicated specific space on their websites to this trending technology, and the potential and positioning for connected things is now seemingly endless. Hence both the huge percentage growth and projected growth included in the Gartner findings.

In conjunction with all of these ‘new normal’ connected devices for consumers and the enterprise is the potential for Omnis Studio application developers to build platform-independent mobile solutions which could inherently perform in the Internet of Things market, a platform that is becoming so integrated into our lives.

Check out how an Omnis built app has been helping “connect things” with GalleryGuard, a fine art security solution.

Specific examples aside, connected things are becoming more and more a part of both our business and personal everyday lives as well as the new norm.

Infographic: Internet of Things to Hit the Mainstream by 2020 | Statista

Connecting Objects via Mobile Apps


The smart home automation market is continuing to flourish and is predicted to grow from $33 billion reported back in 2013 to $71 billion by 2019 according to research. In a recent announcement, Samsung is making its move to join Google (Nest) (see Everywhere Apps blog post) and Apple (HomeKit) in the marketspace by entering into an agreement to acquire SmartThings , a home automation company with a technology platform to connect household objects controlled via a smartphone app.

“SmartThings supports an open and growing ecosystem of developers, who are producing new types of connected devices and unique apps in the cloud that change how everyday objects work,” Samsung said in its press release.

SmartThings, based in Washington, D.C., already has 5,000 developers using its software to build applications to run various combinations of gadgets in useful ways. For example, your fitness tracker could tell your coffeemaker when you wake up so you have a fresh pot ready in the morning, or a moisture sensor could tell when a pipe is leaking and alert you via smartphone to turn the water off.”

For developers, staying ahead of the curve is becoming more and more challenging as technology is moving faster than ever before into innovative platforms. With connected devices an expanding arena at the core of our everyday lives – appliances, sensors, fitness equipment witnessed through the acceleration of the Internet of Things (IoT), — we’re seeing expanding opportunities for developers to create software applications for a new range of mobile devices.

And, the IoT is not just about connecting billions of consumer devices (according to Gartner, we’ll have 26 billion of them by 2020) such as thermostats talking to air conditioners – it is also about businesses. For example, a manufacturing supply chain connected to the internet for streamlining the automation and decision processes. Meaningful applications will need to be built to make sense of all types of data. For business application developers, this is a big opportunity and challenge. More data will require more enterprise applications that support information and decision analytics and reporting.

The state of IoT software development is shifting toward data-driven services over the devices themselves with support from enterprise and standards bodies.” 

We optimistically see, with all of these burgeoning opportunities, new market potential ahead for Omnis Studio developers. Omnis Studio offers rapid development of platform-independent mobile applications for data-driven business solutions, and provides developers the ability to create feature-rich web and mobile apps deployable across multiple platforms and devices. It is difficult to predict exactly where technology and computing will take us.

Will an Omnis Studio app be at the center of your home or workplace some day?

Smartphone Growth & Market Boost


Today’s enterprise applications require flexibility to perform across multiple mobile platforms and devices – and they need to be created and deployed faster than ever before. If you’re not already mobilizing your enterprise applications, it’s time to get started. Review of reported statistics (see earlier blog post “smartphone users at 1 billion growth for mobile apps“) indicate that while the rate of smartphone growth may have slowed somewhat in markets considered saturated, massive growth is predicted and the number of smartphone users is still anticipated to reach over 1 billion in 2014. 

It is foreseen that users in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa will drive increase in smartphone usage, offering a huge boost in the number of users in the coming years. According to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report  the number of smartphone subscriptions around the world will grow from 1.9 billion to 5.6 billion by 2019.  As Ericsson predicts and the Statista chart below illustrates, the Asia-Pacific region is estimated to grow from 988 million in to more than 3 billion in 2019. This most likely means that current smartphone providers may be offering significantly cheaper phones and the availability of 4G networks to boost the market and participate in this future growth.

The rising number of smartphone users not only signifies the vast opportunities available for application developers, but also the importance and necessity of investing in mobilizing existing enterprise applications, or creating new ones, for all market sectors and regions.

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Infographic: Where Future Smartphone Growth Is Going to Come From | Statista

Tablet Growth in the Enterprise


More organizations are adding tablets to their technology plans as popularity for this form of device has increased among business users. Results from various industry reports and surveys indicate sales numbers have exploded worldwide. Smartphones are considered the first mobile device to enter the enterprise, and now tablets, which are extremely popular with consumers, are advancing in the mobile workforce and gaining acceptance and support by executives.

IDC predicts “Commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the [July 15, 2014] announcement of the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market.”

The changing tablet landscape among consumers is also significant to enterprise computing, data access and application development and deployment. The infographic below outlines what to expect from tablet growth, U.S. vs. overseas key metrics, what tablet users are doing on their tablets, how and where they are using their tablets as well as general tablet trends. 

A few key stats we found particularly interesting were:

  • More tablets will be shipped in 2015 than desktop computers and laptops combined.
  • 31% of tablet owners in 2014 will use their devices for purchases and this will increase to 61% by 2018.
  • More than half of all Internet time now occurs on mobile platforms and 12% of that is on a tablet.

Enterprise applications for tablets

Making tablets more competent in the business environment may lie in the availability of enterprise-class mobile applications.  While tablets may not be favored to completely replace desktops and laptops (more likely to augment laptops for high mobility projects), tablet usage and growth is a positive trend for Omnis Studio built enterprise applications. Omnis Studio is a cross development platform with multi-database support and enables efficient development and deployment of web and mobile enterprise applications across all leading devices and operating systems, all from one code base.

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Tablet Growth - What to Expect


Tablet Sales Boost for Omnis App Developers


We’ve talked extensively about the rise of smartphones and the apps that go with them, but we haven’t focused solely on tablets or their role in the mobile market. As our pursuit for both convenience and price shifts, many consumers and businesses are favoring tablets and finding that the latest generation offers enough power and functionality to support their applications including ease of access.

In the recent Gartner annual devices forecast, it will be another big year for smartphones and tablets. A projected 2.5 billion PCs, tablets and mobile handsets shipped this year, a rise of 7.6% over the 2013 numbers. This growth is being fueled by what Gartner categorizes as ‘ultramobiles’ (tablets of all sizes) as for the first time, ultramobile shipments will outnumber those of PCs. The ultramobile numbers in 2014 are projected to break the 300 million mark (this is a combined number from the chart below of both the ultramobile and other ultramobiles categories). Ultramobiles (tablets, hybrids and clamshells) are projected to become the main growth driver in the 2014 device market, with a 54 percent increase in shipments. Mobile phones will also increase by 5 percent and PCs will decline by 7 percent.

Source: Gartner (December 2013)

This rise in tablet shipments bodes well for Omnis developers. Omnis Studio is a cross development platform with multi-database support, and deployable across virtually all devices and operating systems. Mobile applications built using Omnis Studio are ready for the projected ‘tablet takeover’. Will you be trading in your desktop for a tablet?



Everywhere Apps :: Nest and Home Automation


Every day, more and more devices are being added to our collective and connected ecosystem – from wearable devices such as smartwatches and Google Glass, to controlled and app-ified vehicles. With Google’s recent purchase of Nest Labs, home automation is no longer some futuristic sci-fi film fantasy, but the next mainstream app-controlled space.

The dominant energy toward everything ‘connected’ – that is connected to the internet and therefore connected to ‘each other’ – reinforces the case for the creation of web and mobile apps that are cohesive, friendly and engaging.

Home automation, the next emerging technology for the masses, is yet another phase of app controlled connectedness, providing the ability to control home items – windows, lights, temperature, garage doors, etc. – via a web or mobile device. Google’s recent purchase of Nest Labs, which creates some of the highest profile home automation products on the market, can be looked at as another device for everyday users to engage with, and no longer just for the super tech-savvy.

Nest Labs is not the only name in the home automation marketplace. There are numerous brands each with their pros and cons. And home automation is not the only place apps are showing up in the home. Recently, Amazon launched a set-top box for streaming content to a TV called Fire-TV. Fire-TV will also run applications, essentially Android-based apps similar to what can run on the Kindle Fire tablet. This move by Amazon emphasizes that the TV in your home is another device capable of running a web page or native app. This again speaks to where home automation and app-controlled products seem to be headed, into the mainstream marketplace. 

While you might not be ready to jump on the home automation bandwagon, most everyone can agree that web and mobile apps are becoming the interconnected thread ready to ‘control’ and hopefully enhance our lives. 

We optimistically see new opportunities ahead for Omnis Studio developers with the ability to easily create web and mobile apps deployable across multiple operating systems and devices. Will an Omnis Studio app control your home some day?