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Chapter 11. Mobile Devices and SyncML > Wireless and Mobile Characteristics

Wireless and Mobile Characteristics

Devices and networks operating in wireless environments impose numerous requirements, such as usability and interoperability, on current technologies, applications, and services. These requirements are crucial and should be taken into account when designing and introducing any new technologies, applications, or services to the market. Without addressing these requirements, the new technology may not be accepted by end-users, carriers, service providers, enterprises, and device manufacturers. Each party will have independent reasons for not embracing the technology.

When evaluating mobile technology, end-users commonly look at aspects such as usability, performance, quality, and pricing. In this case, usability means that an application enabling the new technology is intuitive and easy to use without requiring the use of manuals. On the other hand, the performance of the application should not be dramatically weaker than in a wired environment. Typically, users do not tolerate slow response times. Quality is also very important, as mobile applications and terminals are commonly put though physical use that can best be described as “rough.” The last, but not least, item in this list is cost. This includes not only the purchase price of the application for the end-user, but also the cost of using it.


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