Even before we entered the new millennium mobile devices began their hasty development. Perhaps now it doesn’t seem so, but the mobile revolution started with the first “brick” mobile phones with limited functions. Now the majority of population in developed countries regularly uses at least two different mobile devices and it is difficult to believe that tablets and blackberries actually had such a funny technological predecessors.
Mobiles Today – Smartphones
Today it’s all about smartphones –50.4 of all mobile users in US are smartphone users. According to Nielsen’s estimates it was in March this year when the smartphone users for the first time outnumbered the ones who use more basic devices.
It might seem centuries ago, but there was actually the time when we hadn’t been so dependent upon mobile devices. Now we move all the aspects of our lives into a single small portable gadget. Family pictures, business documents, games – it can all be accessed from smartphones. The Internet made all kinds of information accessible 24/7 and the advancements in mobile networking literally put the information on our palms.
The modern way of life became much faster and we began relying onto these small devices filled with data to help us complete all our daily routines. No one has time to sit in front of their PCs any more when they can do most of their work on the move. This is why tech companies dedicate the largest share of their investments to the development of mobile operative systems so they would be able to support everyday needs by an average user.
Mobile Cloud Computing
Mobile technology has reached its peak with the devices that share almost all the features of PCs or laptops. Parallel with mobile technology, cloud solutions developed almost at the same rate. Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) – a cloud computing paradigm that stores mobile applications on remote servers and streams them to an end user via the Internet – is one of the major technological trends today. As both the processing power and storage space are set outside the device itself the applications are able to run seamlessly.
It is considered that mobile cloud computing is an amalgam of three technology foundations – cloud computing, mobile computing and networking. These three major trends are integrated into a single technology to make the best for a contemporary user. With a basic amount of free space offered by cloud storage providers, a user can easily store a movie in their little smartphones. Not to mention how many different file formats are supported within cloud services. After Apple and Google improved browsers for mobile OS the mobile experience got almost perfect.
Still, the major problem with MCC is bandwidth. As the infrastructure of mobile network heavily relies on the strength of internet connection, mobile experience could be damaged by network problems. Though it is generally possible to keep a stable connection, in a public place or while moving you probably won’t always be able to run a desired app.
Despite the occasional bandwidth problem, mobile devices still remain the most practical 21st century solutions. Tech companies might have seen that mobiles are the future of all technology trends and this is why their focus will probably remain there for the next couple of years.