Downloads of mobile applications will total more than 268 billion by 2017, producing more than $77 billion in revenue, according to Gartner. "In the next three to four years, apps will no longer be simply confined to smartphones and tablets, but will impact a wider set of devices, from home appliances to cars and wearable devices," Gartner's Brian Blau said, adding, "By 2017, Gartner predicts that wearable devices will drive 50% of total app interactions."

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