Development for the Internet of Things has grown substantially over the past 12 months according to the newly released Global Developer Population and Demographics Study from Evans Data Corp.
The number of developers currently working on IoT applications has increased 34% since last year to just over 6.2 million today. In addition, the increase of development for mobile devices, up 14% since last year, has led to smartphones being the most commonly connected IoT platform.
The study, which combines the industry’s most exhaustive developer population model with the results of Evans Data’s biannual Global Development Survey also provides fresh population data for the four major regions: North America, APAC, EMEA, and Latin America and for more than 40 countries. Population numbers for adoption of the hottest tech areas are also included.
“We’re seeing how in the space of just a year, the possibilities introduced by the Internet of Things has attracted many developers,” said Michael Rasalan, Director of Research for Evans Data Corp. “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. We’re also seeing developers branch out from concepts centered on wearables to applications for more complex tasks, seen in the industrial space.”
For the general developer population, estimates and projections for growth to 2021 show APAC leading the pack with nine hundred thousand more developers than EMEA. Growth in India and China are predicted to keep APAC’s population the highest globally for the next several years.
The Global Developer Population and Demographics Study is published twice a year and contains developer population estimates by country and region as well as population numbers for developers adopting various technologies.