Review Article

Context awareness in mobile computing: A review

George Wamamu Musumba, Henry O. Nyongesa
International Journal of Machine Learning and Applications | Vol 2, No 1 | a5 | DOI: | © 2013 George Wamamu Musumba, Henry O. Nyongesa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 January 2013 | Published: 23 May 2013

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George Wamamu Musumba, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya
Henry O. Nyongesa, Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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Context awareness is increasingly gaining applicability in interactive ubiquitous mobile computing systems. In order to apply this concept in design of applications for dynamic environments, it is necessary to understand what constitutes context awareness, the classification of context and context-aware development frameworks. The concept of context awareness is discussed, various approaches to context awareness are reviewed, and important aspects of context-aware mobile computing are analysed. Recommendations for better understanding of context awareness and design principles for development of context-aware applications are provided.


Context-Awareness, Context-Aware Systems; Context-Aware Architectures; Context-Aware-Applications; Context-Aware-Modeling.


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