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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2015, Article ID 278713, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/278713
Research Article

Every Cloud Has a Push Data Lining: Incorporating Cloud Services in a Context-Aware Application

1Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Faculty of Technology, Oslo, Norway
2Department of Computer Science and Information, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK
3Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
4Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Received 13 June 2013; Accepted 22 October 2013

Academic Editor: David Taniar

Copyright © 2015 Tor-Morten Grønli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We investigated context-awareness by utilising multiple sources of context in a mobile device setting. In our experiment we developed a system consisting of a mobile client, running on the Android platform, integrated with a cloud-based service. These components were integrated using push messaging technology. One of the key features was the automatic adaptation of smartphones in accordance with implicit user needs. The novelty of our approach consists in the use of multiple sources of context input to the system, which included the use of calendar data and web based user configuration tool, as well as that of an external, cloud-based, configuration file storing user interface preferences which, pushed at log-on time irrespective of access device, frees the user from having to manually configure its interface. The system was evaluated via two rounds of user evaluations (n = 50 users), the feedback of which was generally positive and demonstrated the viability of using cloud-based services to provide an enhanced context-aware user experience.