Gartner: Wearables, Internet of Things will hasten personalized data sharing

Mobile applications are largely confined to smartphones and tablets right now. However, over the next few years the expected proliferation of wearable computing devices such as watches, wristbands and headphones, as well as Internet-connected appliances, will spur a major surge in the amount of personal data people share via apps, according to a new report from research firm Gartner. By 2017, the firm predicts that apps will be downloaded more than 268 billion times, generating revenue of more than $77 billion. As a result, Gartner expects that mobile users will provide personalized data streams to more than 100 apps and services every day. Gartner believes that wearables will use mobile apps as their conduit for data exchange and user interface, because many of them will have few or no user interface capabilities. Thus, the thinking goes, wearables will use apps for all types of user input or output, configuration, content creation and consumption, and in some cases, basic connectivity. By 2017, Gartner predicts that wearable devices will drive 50 percent of total app interactions. Of course, that will lead to another major concern that has yet to be fully addressed: the security and privacy of all that personal information. Release

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