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What is Mobile Context-Awareness

Handbook of Research on User Interface Design and Evaluation for Mobile Technology
Context-awareness for systems or situations where the user and her devices are mobile. Mobility is particularly relevant for context-awareness as the user’s context changes more rapidly when mobile.
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Context-Awareness and Mobile Devices
Anind K. Dey (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) and Jonna Häkkilä (Nokia Research Center, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-871-0.ch013
Context-awareness is a maturing area within the field of ubiquitous computing. It is particularly relevant to the growing sub-field of mobile computing as a user’s context changes more rapidly when a user is mobile, and interacts with more devices and people in a greater number of locations. In this chapter, we present a definition of context and context-awareness and describe its importance to human-computer interaction and mobile computing. We describe some of the difficulties in building context-aware applications and the solutions that have arisen to address these. Despite these solutions, users have difficulties in using and adopting mobile context-aware applications. We discuss these difficulties and present a set of eight design guidelines that can aid application designers in producing more usable and useful mobile context-aware applications.
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