Despite the availability of various mobile features and the ability to stay always connected, there are very few applications that truly take advantage of the mobile platform. Frequently, mobile applications are just reduced versions of or thin interfaces to existing personal computer (PC)-based applications, and therefore do not support specific mobile features. Moreover, Web-based applications are seldom rendered appropriately on mobile devices. Finally, mobile applications are designed for the exclusive use of the mobile owner, interacting with the network using a client/server approach. This paper presents the concept of distributed mobile applications, focusing on the use of mobile capabilities that allow users to generate content and to access that content using a mobile-to-mobile interaction approach. It provides a blueprint for a new multi provider/multi consumer decentralized platform which will provide users with access to content that may have been previously unavailable via dedicated applications.
Christophe, B., Narganes, M., Antila, V., & Maknavicius, L. (2011). Mobile execution environment for non-intermediated content distribution. Bell Labs Technical Journal, 15(4), 117-134. https://doi.org/10.1002/bltj.20476