Survey: IoT market to gain 6M developers over next 4 years

The Internet of Things (IoT) remains a hot topic, and many mobile developers appear ready to create IoT-enabled apps for new use cases. 

Source: Evans Data Corp.
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A new Evans Data Corp. survey of software developers indicated there has been a 14 percent year-over-year increase in development for mobile devices, which has led to smartphones being the most commonly connected IoT platform.

  • The number of developers currently working on IoT apps has increased 34 percent year over year

  • Today, more than 6.2 million developers are working on IoT apps

  • The number of developers globally is expected to increase from 19 million in 2015 to 25 million by 2020

  • The number of developers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to be the highest globally for the next several years

"We're seeing how in the space of just a year, the possibilities introduced by the Internet of Things has attracted many developers," Michael Rasalan, director of research for Evans Data Corp., said in a prepared statement. "This transition to IoT, while not without barriers, is rapid, because developers are able to leverage existing knowledge and expertise in complementary technologies like cloud and mobile, to create entirely new use cases."

Rasalan added the IoT empowers developers to "branch out from concepts centered on wearables to applications for more complex tasks," creating many opportunities for developers worldwide. 

Expect the push for IoT developers to continue, particularly as demand for IoT-enabled apps and devices picks up over the next few years. Technology research firm Gartner has predicted 6.4 billion connected "things" could be in use this year, and the total number of connected things could hit 20.8 billion by 2020. 

Meanwhile, many IoT developers are leveraging Java, which is reflected in recent data. An Eclipse Foundation survey of 528 IoT developers revealed nearly 52 percent of respondents were using Java, followed by C and JavaScript programming languages. 

The survey also showed more than 70 percent of respondents were using Linux as their IoT operating system, and 58 percent noted they were actively engaged with open source. 

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