Most of the popular mobile apps that allow content access across multiple devices use cloud computing. In fact, behind the popularity of the vast majority of mobile apps, cloud computing is playing a big role. Well, this blend of mobility and cloud computing has now become the key reason for businesses and organisations to take mobile apps seriously for carrying out their day-to-day tasks. We call this mobile cloud computing.
Mobile cloud computing is here to stay and grow. There is no looking back from mobile cloud since it has become irreplaceable for the vast majority of mobile apps that depend on ubiquitous access to data and features. For any mobile app development company, mobile cloud simplified too many things at once. How will this shape the future of mobility? What made mobile cloud so invincible? We will explain many of these questions throughout this post.
What is Cloud Computing?
Let’s start with the basics: cloud computing. Cloud computing is the computing capability to access data hosted on remote servers across multiple devices irrespective of the locations. Remote access to data regardless of devices and locations is the key capability of cloud computing.
What is Mobile Cloud Computing?
When the cloud computing capability is offered through a mobile app to allow access to remote cloud, server-hosted data across various mobile devices and without the constraints of the user location, it is called mobile cloud computing. For instance, the Google Doc app allows access to shared content across multiple locations and mobile devices. This access allows users to collaborate on the document remotely across locations.
What Makes Mobile Cloud Computing Important?
The majority of smartphone devices are pained by storage shortages, battery power issues, and bandwidth problems. Thanks to mobile cloud computing apps, smartphone users no longer need to be concerned about the device storage problem since they can access data without requiring any local storage. Moreover, the cloud apps take care of the app performance and resource utilisation on their own without making users concerned about CPU speed, memory capacity, etc. Thanks to mobile cloud computing, all the device constraints can be addressed easily.
Why is Cloud Computing Invincible for the Future of Mobile Devices?
Mobile cloud literally changed the way we access, share, and collaborate with the content on our handheld devices. Let’s have a look at the key reasons that made cloud computing invincible for mobile devices.
- Extensive Battery Capacity: When the cloud takes care of most of the processing tasks, the usage of the battery becomes very low.
- Plenty of Storage Space Saved: Thanks to mobile cloud apps, users need little device storage for working with the app contents and features.
- Enhanced Data Syncing: Most of the advanced mobile cloud apps now allow you to work offline and sync the data online when a network connection is available. One can also download content online and enjoy it offline later. This flexibility of syncing data gave the user experience an unprecedented boost.
- Improved Processing: As cloud servers take care of most of the processing tasks, even poorly featured and less powerful smartphones with low CPU and memory can allow users to do intensive tasks on these mobile cloud apps.
- Unmatched User Experience: With optimum flexibility of accessing and using contents, sharing them, and collaborating with others, the mobile cloud apps give users more control over their data and features than ever before.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) Took On The Promise
One of the biggest beneficiaries of mobile cloud computing has been the Platform as a Service, or PaaS, app. For example, Salesforce has become synonymous with the most robust cloud service for building all sorts of business applications. Now, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Google App Engine have joined the league in a big way. Unarguably, these PaaS platforms can really make a huge impact on the trending mobile cloud apps.
Presently, more than half a million developers actively use AWS. The App Engine of Google now hosts a whopping 45,000 apps. While Salesforce only offers mobile cloud service to smartphone users, neither AWS nor App Engine have started marketing their platforms for smartphone apps. However, in the future, all of these PaaS players trying to compete with the Salesforce platform no longer looks like a bleak possibility. If that happens, PaaS companies can really change the game altogether, giving mobile cloud apps more significance than ever before.
Apps Will Continue to Get Better and More Loveable
Many people think that the proliferation and growth of mobile cloud computing will ultimately make the web closer to mobile and will make PWAs grow to outnumber the so-called native apps. The users will be flooded with website links capable of working in any browser. Even if the apps still appear as they are expected to, the website links and downloaded apps will have no major difference. Is this true? Are mobile apps going to lose their pride of place because of the mobile cloud?
No, it is not going to happen because accessing apps right from the screen with all the worries concerning storage and processing taken care of by the cloud, mobile apps will enjoy more performance boosts than ever before. The enhanced user experience, thanks to the mobile cloud, will continue to make mobile apps more loveable.
Mobile Cloud Computing Applications
Now, let us conclude our post with some examples of mobile cloud applications. We already have an abundance, and there will be thousands more of them in the time to come. Although, some pioneering mobile cloud apps will always stand out. Let’s have a look.
- Cloud Email apps: The Gmail app from Google is the best example of a mobile cloud application. Available across all mobile operating systems, this email app stores all email communications on the Gmail server and all the processing tasks are taken care of by this cloud server only. While storage and processing is taken care of by the cloud server, the output is only displayed to the mobile users.
- Cloud Music apps: From SoundCloud to YouTube Music, there is no dearth of music apps that take advantage of mobile cloud computing. Thanks to these apps, music lovers now can access their favourite music tracks anywhere and across all mobile devices. They also enjoy the flexibility of downloading tracks and albums and listening to them later.
- Cloud Mobile Desktop services: Cloud services for mobile and all other computing devices, including desktops and laptops, can also be packaged as a universal storage solution. Already, many companies are providing such services by allocating storage space in their servers for cloud users who want to access their applications and content across all device interfaces, including desktops and mobile.
- Cloud Printing solution: Google already came up with a Cloud Print solution to allow any device ranging from smartphones to desktops or connected POS systems in stores to connect to printers and print documents when needed. This will really bring a revolution to business operation in many industries and workplaces where, in order to print documents, mobile users need to access the document on a desktop or laptop.
- Cloud Photo apps: Apple’s iCloud support already allows storage of iPhone and iPad photos in the cloud server so users can access them when needed. In the time to come, more cloud-based mobile photo apps will appear in which the entire editing suite will be able to use the processing power of the mobile cloud platform.
- Cloud Reading apps: There is no better example than the Kindle and iBook app for this. You can download books, store them in the cloud server, access them anytime you wish, sync with other devices to have access to your library on multiple devices, and start reading anywhere, anytime. Even magazine apps are now coming with mobile cloud support to allow you to save certain articles for later offline reading while grabbing almost no device storage for content.
If cloud computing brought the first revolution by allowing anytime-anywhere access to content and computing tasks, mobile cloud further extended these advantages to the optimum limit. Thanks to the mobile cloud, you can enjoy uninterrupted access to all your data and computing requirements anywhere you go.
Author Bio: Atman Rathod is the Co-founder at CMARIX TechnoLabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading web and mobile app development company, with 13+ years of experience. He loves to write about technology, startups, entrepreneurship and business. His creative abilities, academic track record and leadership skills made him one of the key industry influencers as well.
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