Mobile Computing Trends in Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study

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Mutlaq B. Alotaibi 1,*

1. Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU)/ Department of Information Systems, Saudi Arabia

* Corresponding author.


Received: 2 May 2014 / Revised: 11 Aug. 2014 / Accepted: 5 Oct. 2014 / Published: 8 Dec. 2014

Index Terms

Mobile Computing, Saudi Arabia, Exploratory, Mobile Business, Mobile Government


The main purpose of this research was to gain an understanding of the adoption behavior of mobile computing in Saudi Arabia. In particular, it aimed to acquire new insight into mobile computing trends, specifically in Saudi Arabia, in order to develop hypotheses and formulate precise criteria for mobile computing evaluation. In order to achieve these aims, the researcher created a focus group by recruiting eight participants with solid background knowledge of usability engineering and mobile computing. The focus group proposed a four-phase process: determination, qualification, categorization and evaluation of the mobile computing applications developed by Saudi organizations. During the determination phase, two hundred and twenty seven (n=227) mobile applications were determined as having been developed by organizations in Saudi Arabia. During the qualification phase, one hundred and forty two (n=142) mobile applications were qualified. Within the categorization phase, the experts categorized only the qualified applications into a two-level categorization hierarchy. Finally, in the evaluation phase, the qualified applications were evaluated in terms of purpose, platform, visual appearance, content, organization and usability. The results herein revealed that 43% of the mobile applications in Saudi Arabia were M-Government applications, while 57% were M-Business applications. In addition, the study proposed a sample of thirty six (n=36) applications as having statistical significance from all of the mobile applications in Saudi Arabia.

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Mutlaq B. Alotaibi, "Mobile Computing Trends in Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), vol.7, no.1, pp.21-32, 2015. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2015.01.03


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