Shortly, after the immense popularity of the cloud computing technology, the IT industry is once again back with yet another innovation merging the technical wonders of mobile and cloud computing applications giving rise to “Mobile Cloud Computing”. The mechanism works distinctively. The data processing and data storage takes place outside the mobile device and the outcomes are found through speakers or screen. Some of the pioneering examples of cloud computing in mobile devices which are already in use include Gmail, Google Maps and GPRS. With this major breakthrough, traditional mobile application technology is sure to get a facelift in the near future.
Mobile Cloud computing applications-setting a firm stage for the IT industry:
After its launch in 2011, the mobile cloud computing market is considered a potential area and is expected to show immense growth by 2016. Going by the 2011 market survey, the cloud market is pegged at $77 billion which is expected to touch $240 billion by 2016. Along with that, the mobile cloud service revenues are estimated to grow at a CARG of 55.18% from 2011 to reach $45 billion in 2016.
Due to the increasing popularity of smart-phones, global growth of 3G network and the use of LTE services, phenomenal mobile cloud revenue contribution is expected to come from mobile cloud applications. Further, the cloud based mobile applications are sure to develop- all thanks to the technological advancements like HTML5, OneAPI and BONDI.
Mobile Cloud computing- A boon to IT:
Mobile device users can certainly expect to get a slew of advantages out of this wonderful innovation. Company users can now share applications and resources without spending a fortune on software and hardware resources. There’s no need to have those high-end technical hardware for using different applications since complex computing processes already run within the cloud. Apart from that, users can now have total control on the cost of mobile computing while enjoying a series of unique and enhanced mobile phone features. Users can even find applications that will help them to keep an eye on their home security systems or while forming location based social networks.
Cloud computing in mobile devices too benefits the developers by offering a direct and smooth access to the larger market. As the applications of cloud computing pass through a browser, it doesn’t put any impact on the applications, leaving them useable with a suitable browser. This is possible due to the advancements made in mobile browsers- all credit goes to Google and Apple over the past few years which brings suitable mobile browsers. This advancement has really helped the developers to penetrate a wider market by bypassing the restrictions formed by the mobile operating systems. Along with a larger market base, developers can also build their programs at a much lower cost while keeping a larger revenue share.
With this innovation in hand, new companies can get a chance for mobile network providers. Operators like Verizon, Vodafone and Orange are already catering several companies by offering cloud computing services. Through these services, businesses can now farm out IT infrastructure without investing huge into high-end hardware. Cloud services like this enable the companies to just pay the resource costs like program hosting and data storing for which the network providers charge just the subscription amount. Security services for these networks are also provided by the network operators that opens yet another arena of opportunity by cloud computing.
Amongst all the advantages provided by mobile cloud computing, there are certain issues like mobile cloud privacy, security, accessibility and feasibility which remain as the prime concern both to the enterprises and customers. However, with some secure and complex products available in the market, such issues can certainly take a back seat. To top it all, internet mobile capabilities are getter better with time that is likely to solve much of its drawbacks. Programming languages like HTML5 is proving to be a solution that allows data caching through mobile devices.
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