Mobile Computing Devices May Overtake Personal Computer for Internet Use in 2013

Mobile computing devices will probably overtake the personal computer as the most common means for accessing the Internet worldwide sometime in 2013 and it may not be a seamless transition, according to Eli Tilevich, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.
Since “mobile devices differ in their screen size and input/output facilities,” porting applications across mobile devices and platforms present “several difficulties,” Tilevich said. “A graphical user interface (GUI) may need to be adjusted significantly when ported to run on a different device.”

As an example, Tilevich explained that software vendors often provide two very distinct application versions for a specific platform’s smart phone and tablet in order to accommodate for the differences in screen size and the presence of special hardware such as a Global Positioning System receiver.

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