The effect of context and application type on mobile usability: An empirical study

Ryan, C and Gonsalves, A 2005, 'The effect of context and application type on mobile usability: An empirical study', in Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2005), Newcastle, January 2005.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The effect of context and application type on mobile usability: An empirical study
Author(s) Ryan, C
Gonsalves, A
Year 2005
Conference name Australasian Computer Science Conference
Conference location Newcastle
Conference dates January 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2005)
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Place of publication Bedford Park, SA
Abstract This paper discusses the effect of context on mobile usability, proposes an expanded model of mobile application context, and conducts an empirical study to test a number of hypotheses concerning the use of software implementation technology and location context in mobile applications. Four different application types (PC web based, PC device based, mobile web based and mobile device based) were tested using a within-subjects repeated-measures design. The results demonstrate that by utilising client side processing and location context, the mobile device based application is able to achieve objective performance and subjective usability measures comparable to those of the PC based versions, despite the limited input and display capabilities of the mobile device. Conversely, the mobile web based application, which was unable to take advantage of location context or client-side application code, showed the lowest quantitative performance.
Subjects Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) context
empirical study
mobile usability
smart clients
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