Mobile phones are not just phones anymore with only voice and texting functionality. Mobile ecosystems are being sensitive and responsive to every move the different vendors are playing. Device manufacturers have invested heavily on their technologies and services such as app stores, UI, multimedia, batter life and user experience design. Recently I asked my friends what they thought was mobile computing. The answers varied from communication networks, mobile phones, software apps. All of them were on the right track. Mobile computing can be broadly classified into three main aspects:

  • Mobile communication refers to communication in infrastructure networks, protocols, data formats, standards and technologies. Mobile communication is progressing at a speed that is rapidly extending the range of possibilities than can be achieved through mobile technology. It is improving in terms of network area, mobility field and service property.
  • Mobile hardware refers to mobile devices or portable devices or device components. Mobile hardware includes wearable computers, carputers, smartphones, PDA’s and tablet PC’s.
  • Mobile software refers to the technology required for running the hardware and characteristics and requirements of mobile applications. Mobile software can be categorized into mobile operating systems and mobile applications.

Mobile computing is all set to grow with real time connectivity in the hand. The growth in developing countries depends on the infrastructure, device and data plan pricing. Social networking, location based services and mobile would drive further growth of mobile internet. The growth in the mobile computing industry has made ISV’s revisit their strategies for mobile product development.

~ Ramya