Mobile Cloud computing : Why is it worth using?

These days cloud computing technology is being discussed just about everywhere. People are excited and curious to know more and more about this latest technology and about its working pros and cons. Cloud computing is usually viewed in the context of web, business firms, and data servers. But it is not only business companies and personal computer users which are going to feel its impact; it will bring a major change in the mobile industry as well. Cloud computing is going to dominate the way in which mobile applications will operate in near future.

 A new term “Mobile Cloud Computing” has been devised for a combination of cloud computing and mobile applications. In mobile cloud computing, data storage and data processing occurs outside the mobile device and results are displayed through screen or speakers. GPRS, Gmail, and Google Maps are already being used are pioneer examples of mobile cloud computing. In a few years time we can expect a major shift from traditional mobile application technology to mobile cloud computing.

Mobile cloud computing can give mobile device users a number of advantages. Company users are able to share resources and applications without a high level of capital expenditure on hardware and software resources. Due to the nature of cloud applications, users do not need to have highly technical hardware to use applications as complex computing operations are run within the cloud. This lessens the cost of mobile computing to the client. End users will see a plethora of unique features enhancing their phones because of mobile cloud computing. A few examples of such applications can be seen to emerge such as applications that give users the ability to watch home security systems and others which allow users to create location based social networks.

Developers also have real advantages from mobile cloud computing. The largest benefit of cloud computing for developers is that it allows them to have access to a larger market. Since cloud computing applications go through a browser, the end user’s mobile operating system does not have any impact on the application, meaning that they will be useable with any application that has a suitable browser. Because of the advanced improvement in mobile browsers thanks to Apple and Google over the past couple of years, nearly every mobile should have a suitable browser. This means developers will have a much wider market, means they can bypass the restrictions created by mobile operating systems.