What is Mobile Cloud Computing?

Using cloud technology to deliver mobile apps is known as mobile cloud computing (MCC). Authentication, location-aware functions, and targeted content and communication are some of the tasks that complex mobile apps perform today. In order to process and store this data, large amounts of memory and processing power are needed. By harnessing cloud infrastructure, mobile cloud computing relieves mobile devices of the burden. Mobile apps are built and updated using cloud services, then deployed for remote access from any device. With these cloud-based mobile apps, you can use them on all types of mobile devices, old and new, to store and process data.

Why is mobile cloud computing important?

The modern customer expects to be able to access a company’s website and applications anywhere, at any time. To meet this expectation efficiently and cost-effectively, organizations use mobile cloud computing applications. Cloud computing allows users to run complex workloads regardless of their device capacity or operating system. There are several advantages to using mobile cloud computing, including:

Wider reach

The fact that MCC is platform independent allows mobile application developers to reach a wide market. A cloud-based mobile app can run on any device and operating system and is serverless. They can be maintained centrally and updated across all platforms with minimal effort by developers.

Real-time analytics

Data is stored centrally on the same cloud infrastructure by cloud apps. In addition to integrating multiple data points quickly, the backend cloud services can communicate with several other applications to provide accurate real-time analytics. It is possible for users to collect and integrate data from a variety of sources securely. Cloud-connected, real-time experiences and communications are also enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT).

Improved user experience

As Users of mobile cloud applications can enjoy seamless application experiences across platforms and devices, including desktops, mobiles, and tablets, as long as they have a strong internet connection. A rich computational resource is available to them that is not present on their device. Data remains backed up to cloud storage, so in the event that the device is lost or stolen, it can be quickly recovered.

Cost efficiency

Cloud providers offer a pay-as-you-go model, which lets you pay only for the resources you use. In contrast to purchasing and maintaining your own on-premises servers, cloud computing is more cost-effective. The mobile apps can also be installed on employee devices if the cloud apps are for internal use. There is no need to purchase specific device configurations for each employee.

What are some use cases of mobile cloud computing?

Mobile cloud applications can be developed for a wide range of use cases. Cloud computing on mobile devices is exemplified by the following examples.

Interactive experiences

In media and entertainment, interactive experiences use MCC to deliver real-time information to users. A few examples of apps with offline and online capabilities include financial tickers, voting, and music streaming apps. Cloud computing is also needed for location-aware features, such as geo-based marketing or map searches for places near the user’s physical location.

Social media

Users of social networking apps share and access large data files, such as images and videos. Users of cloud applications can view shared files in real time without overloading their mobile devices due to data processing functions.


Cloud computing technology is used by many mobile commerce and banking apps to meet the demands of their mobile users. Their cloud-based data storage allows them to limit user access to only the data they need. When you search for Outdoor shoes on the Amazon mobile app, the application will restrict your view to the top three or four relevant results. By scrolling, more results will load on your mobile device, protecting it from overloading.

Mobile gaming

Games on mobile devices require complex computational functions as well as heavy graphics and videos. Game applications are run remotely through cloud-based services in cloud mobile gaming. Video streams are encoded with game graphics for transmission over mobile networks. Consequently, mobile users can enjoy games without adversely affecting phone performance or overheating their devices.


To manage patient care on the go, healthcare workers need mobile healthcare solutions. In case of medical emergencies, they need instant notifications, and they need access to hundreds of patient records. Employees can install and access mobile cloud computing applications for all types of workflows from their mobile devices.

How does mobile cloud computing work?

By seamlessly switching between cloud resources and mobile devices, mobile cloud computing improves the experience of mobile users. Data requests from mobile devices are sent to the cloud over the internet. A remote server processes the requests and returns the appropriate response, which is displayed to mobile users.

There are four main types of cloud-based resources used in mobile cloud computing.

Distant immobile clouds

Cloud computing providers manage virtual servers known as distant immobile clouds. The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is an example of this type of service. Developing the application code and deploying it to these virtual servers is the responsibility of the developers. Mobile data requests are then processed and responded to by the servers.

Computing entities that are nearby but immobile

Backend servers that are located geographically closer to mobile users are referred to as proximate immobile computing entities. Through them, MCC becomes faster and overcomes network lag challenges. Amazon EC2 instances can be configured to a specific Instacarma Region or location closer to your end users, for example.

Mobile computing entities located nearby

The performance of some mobile cloud applications can be improved by accessing the unused computational resources of nearby mobile devices. The term “proximate mobile computing device” refers to mobile devices such as smartphones and wearables.

Hybrid solutions

For more efficient support of your business applications, hybrid MCC solutions combine the preceding three types of resources.

What are the types of mobile cloud computing solutions?

General-purpose mobile cloud computing (GPMCC) and application-specific mobile cloud computing (ASMCC) are two types of mobile cloud computing.

Solutions for general-purpose MCC

A general-purpose MCC solution (GPMCC) is one that uses cloud computing to increase phone performance. Cloud computing providers handle compute-intensive tasks, such as speech recognition, image augmentation, and video indexing.

MCC solutions tailored to specific applications

Mobile cloud computing solutions that improve specific applications use application-specific MCC (ASMCC). With several functions running on the cloud, these applications require more computational power. ASMCC is better at running email clients and video streaming applications, for example.

Why is mobile cloud computing safe?

When you save data to the cloud, it is safer than if you save it to your computer’s hard drive.

Mobile cloud computing is safer for the following reasons:

  • In warehouses, servers are typically located in areas that are not accessible to people.
  • Cybercriminals find it difficult to access files stored on cloud servers because they are encrypted.
  • The security measures of cloud service providers are regularly updated.
  • Security vulnerabilities are identified by artificial algorithms.
  • Firewalls block suspicious traffic using hardware or software.
  • There are many servers where the files are backed up. 

How can Instacarma help with mobile cloud computing?

Developers of mobile applications can take advantage of a broad set of tools and services available on Instacarma for frontend web and mobile. Your applications can be developed, deployed, and secured at whatever scale you need with Instacarma infrastructure. You can, for example, use the following Instacarma resources and services:

  • Authentication, storage, analytics, and artificial intelligence capabilities are available with Instacarma Amplify.
  • Host fast, secure, and reliable static and server-side rendered apps with Instacarma Amplify Hosting.
  • By testing across desktop browsers and real Instacarma-hosted mobile devices, you can improve the quality of your web and mobile applications.
  • Develop applications that can share audio, video, and desktops using Amazon Chime SDK.

Instacarma Wavelength, a mobile cloud computing service that embeds Instacarma compute and storage services in 5G networks, is the latest in cloud computing. With this service, you can develop, deploy, and scale ultra-low-latency applications on mobile edge computing infrastructure. Next-generation applications can be built much faster using familiar Instacarma services, APIs, and tools.

By creating an Instacarma account today, you can begin using mobile cloud computing on the go.

Do You Want a Future in Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing for mobile devices will be around for a long time. Cloud computing professionals are in high demand as more people go mobile and the demand for new apps increases. This in-depth cloud computing reflets you master fundamental architectural principles and develop the skills needed to become a cloud expert. You will become an expert in designing, planning, and scaling cloud implementations, essential skills to have whether you want to become a cloud engineer or an app developer.

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