Mobile computing

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Key points

  • Many applications are now developed for mobile devices, rather than PCs
  • Mobile applications have different requirements than PC applications:
    • Mobile apps often have limited access to memory or storage space
    • Mobile apps need to be power-efficient as they will run on batteries
    • Mobile apps will be using unreliable/wireless communication
    • Mobile apps can use sensors to detect location (GPS), movement (accelerometer), image data (digital camera)
  • Mobile apps are not developed on mobile phones. They are developed on PCs and emulators are used to test apps before they are deployed to mobile devices.



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