A bit about Mobile Systems Software
The cellular world is rapidly changing the world we live in. The escalation that we have experienced since the launch of the iPhone and the transition from cellular instruments designated for making telephone calls and sending SMS messages, to smart phones, has granted us, as users, infinite possibilities and capabilities.
Within a span of a few years, smart phones have become the sole domineers in the various markets around the world. The growth is so significant and almost inconceivable, in light of 365 million smart phones and tablets running the Apple mobile iOS operating system and 900,000 new smart phones running Google’s Android operating system, in operation every day – and this is as at the report date of June 2012.
The mobile systems, the switchboards, the smart phones and tablets have become our major means of communications in place or in parallel to the personal computer. Also because of the almost infinite library of 650,000 applications at the Apple App Store, which has alone registered more than 30 billion downloads since 2008.
Upon the intensification of the mobile world, software developers are required to contend with new and varied challenges. Whether the case is the need to learn languages in new work environments, such as Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and others, to become familiar with new computer technologies such as the Cloud, to provide a solution for efficient calculations, etc.
Over and above these basic technological challenges, there is a need to develop solutions that respond to the special characteristics of mobile applications – the mobile device, the small screen, limited battery life, etc. The usefulness of the app stands front and center because almost every use of it carried out on every interface and user experience must suit the unique mobile work environment, and add to this the field of natural user interfaces (NUI) that incorporates touch, sound, gestures, etc., that are being developed all the time.
The Advantage of Majoring in the Mobile Systems Software Track at Afeka College
A major in Bachelors Degree studies in Mobile Systems Software as part of the Software Engineering curriculum at Afeka College equips the students with a range of skills required to provide good and effective solutions adapted to uses in the world of mobile technology. The studies in this track enable the student to contend with the essential demand on the part of the mobile technology world for real multidisciplinary engineering expertise, that shatters only the limitations of design know how.
The majoring track in mobile systems at Afeka equips the students with the tools and knowledge vital for every future Software Engineer and includes:Technological knowledge – studying programming in the Google Android environment, the Apple iOS environment, the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 environment, an exploration of mobile hardware systems while learning how all these systems connect to the Cloud technology. Ergonomics – Study of the process of building a mobile system for the human user in a user centric design (UCD) method, User Experience – studying the principle of the user interface and the overall user experience combining design, execution and test methodologies. Natural User Interface – studying the manner of communications between man and mobile machine by touch, voice, camera and gesture.
The multidisciplinary integration of fields of knowledge related to the user, the device and the interface between them, is unique in Israel and, so it appears, throughout the world and provides an overall perspective that enables the development of advanced and innovative total solutions for mobile systems.
The Future of Graduates Majoring in the Development of Mobile Systems Software
The theoretical knowledge and the practical workshops to which the students are exposed during the course of their studies in this majoring track, enable them to continue on to advanced academic degree studies, and also to successfully secure positions in business, private and Government organizations, in the fields of telecom and communications, finances, insurance, defense, health etc.
Likewise, the high demand for experts in the field of software development for mobile systems enables them to benefit from higher than average salary packages than what is customary in the market and a range of opportunities to take up development jobs at companies dealing with the development of solutions for the world of mobile technology – from the development of products and infrastructure, through the development of systems for the activation of mobile teams and customer service and up to and including marketing systems in a range of methodologies and platforms.