CONTEXT AWARENESS FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING MOBILE APPLICATIONS: A SURVEY OF SELECTED SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN NAKURU TOWN, KENYA
Mobile applications act as valuable tools that can be used by entrepreneurs and small and
medium enterprises (SMEs) alike to market their products/services and considerably reduce costs of
doing business. The government of Kenya has invested billions of shillings in laying of fiber optic
cables in Kenya, improving Kenya‘s ICT sector and coming up with projects aimed at promoting the
use of technology among businesses and citizens alike. With all of these investments, there are
challenges that hinder the use of business mobile applications by SMEs. Although context
awareness in mobile applications is gaining recognition among mobile user and developer
communities, many design scenarios still do not incorporate required context awareness as one of
their primary goals. Although there are strong context awareness frameworks for mobile
applications, there is still potential to improve the usability of virtual learning systems. The study
established that the concept of context independence including the physical context independence
and the logical context independence from the applications and mobile devices provides a graceful
solution in the form of a methodological framework for the development of context-aware systems
for SMEs in Nakuru Town.
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