Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) May 13, 2015 -- Among the 3000+ apps for Apple Watch released till date, only a handful have received the thumbs up from software analysts and general users. Teks Mobile Australia, a Sydney-based multi-platform iOS app development company, has fared comparatively better than most of its competitors - with 6 of its 8 Watch apps garnering positive reviews and registering impressive initial download figures.
Focusing on WatchKit app development from an early stage has been key for this success of Teks Mobile Australia, feels the young COO of the company (who, incidentally, is an award-winning iPhone app developer as well). From the week following the release of the WatchKit tool by Apple, regular workshops and app development training sessions were organized at the office. Internationally recognized authorities on wearable technology and app-making were invited to address the employees of the company. The in-house developers were given several dummy projects to work on - to ensure that when the real time came, they did not falter.
According to a reliable source from the mobile app company, developing apps for Apple Watch was not something it could afford to neglect. While requesting free app quotes, most clients had started to ask for separate, customized versions of iPhone applications, for the new smartwatch. There have been many reports about iOS app development companies losing clients due to their inability to work on the WatchKit platform. Teks Mobile Australia made sure that it was safe from such risks.
Terming the task of creating apps for Apple Watch as a 'challenge', the COO of Teks pointed out that the app developers at her company were always excited at the prospect of new tasks and responsibilities. During a preliminary brainstorming session held in December, everyone were asked to submit at least five app ideas that would be workable on the Apple smartwatch. With a thinly veiled pride in her voice, the company COO said that not a single idea was poor per se. In fact, the 8 Watch apps that the company released in the first quarter of 2015 had been made from the ideas shortlisted from those initially submitted app ideas.
The mobile app developers at Teks Mobile Australia are fully aware of the fact that the road from here on will only get tougher. The quality of the initial bundle of third-party WatchKit apps has been ho-hum, and other companies would be pulling up their socks and coming up with better, more useful Watch applications over the next few months. That's precisely why the Sydney-based app agency is not resting on its six successful Watch applications till date. Work is currently going on quite a few iPhone+Watch app development projects, and the Teks personnel are determined to make each of them as perfect as possible.
Elaborating a bit on the nature of the apps for Apple Watch that Teks Mobile Australia has already released at the App Store, the COO of the company said that the applications belonged to different categories. There was a mobile storytelling app for kids, a discount finder app, a local property & real estate finder (for UK users), a personal health tracker application and a mobile navigation app, along with a few others. Only two of the Watch apps from Teks have not done well at the stores - and developers are looking into the probable reasons for their failure. It's early days yet for Apple Watch, of course - and app companies have the opportunity to learn from their early setbacks.
Continuous collaboration with the Indian branch of Teks - Teknowledge Software - has also been immensely beneficial. While working on the Watch app projects, real-time knowledge transfer takes place between the teams of developers from India and Australia. Unlike what many other companies are ranting about, porting iOS apps to the WatchKit platform has been a fairly smooth ride for Teks Australia. It overseas partners deserve some of the credit for that too.
Only time will tell whether Teks Mobile Australia will be able to sustain its success in the field of WatchKit app development. However, given its enviable record on the iOS and Android platforms, it would be a surprise if the company does not manage to shine in this domain as well.