Extending the Power of Mobile Phone Using Service Oriented Computing. In: N. VENKATASUBRAMANIAN, G. VLADIMIR and S. STEPHAN, eds, 4th International ICST Conference on MOBILe Wireless MiddleWARE, Operating Systems, and Application MOBILWARE 2011.
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In 2009, only 3.6% of Kenya’s households owned at least one computer; conversely, 63.2% of households owned at least one mobile phone; this is true for many developing countries of Africa. This implies that computing solutions that target mobile phone environments are bound to have greater impact in these countries. However, the inherent constraints of mobile phones present a challenge in implementing viable applications. One solution to this would be to adopt Service Oriented and/or Grid Computing on mobile phones. In this paper, we present results that demonstrate how Service Oriented Computing can enable computation on mobile phones. A java-based questionnaire was implemented as a set of services aimed at overcoming phones’ storage limitation. This was achieved via a middleware that was implemented to manage the services; communication among the services running on different phones was via Bluetooth