Cloud Computing offers such smartphones that have rich Internet media support, require less processing and consume less power. In terms of Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC), processing is done in cloud, data is stored in cloud, and the mobile devices serve as media for display.
Today smartphones are employed with rich cloud services by integrating applications that consume web services. These web services are deployed in cloud.
There are several Smartphone operating systems available such as Google's Android, Apple's iOS, RIM BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile Phone. Each of these platforms support third-party applications that are deployed in cloud.
MCC includes four types of cloud resources:
The following diagram shows the framework for mobile cloud computing architecture:
Despite of having significant development in field of mobile cloud computing, still many issues remain unsorted such as:
There should be a frequent transmission of information between cloud and the mobile devices.
Mobile cloud computing is required to make architectural neutral because of heterogeneous environment.
It is challenging to migrate an application, which is resource-intensive to cloud and to execute it via Virtual Machine.
Due to continuous increase in demand for mobile cloud services, the workload to enable smooth communication between cloud and mobile devices has been increased.
This is one of the major issues because mobile users share their personal information over the cloud.