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Fundamentals of Mobile and Pervasive Computing by Loren Schwiebert, Golden Richard III, Sandeep Gupta, Frank Adelstein

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Chapter 4Context-Aware Computing

The success of mobile computing is contingent on how gracefully the system adapts to changes in the environment. In Chap. 1 we introduced two approaches to developing adaptive mobile systems: the application-transparent approach and the application-aware approach. The application-transparent approach uses system software, such as the underlying operating system and networking software, to adapt to changes in operating conditions, such as a substantial reduction in available bandwidth or a drop in the level of battery power, in an application-independent manner. In contrast to this approach, application-aware adaptation uses collaboration between the system software and the application software to adapt to changes ...

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