Abstract: Mobile phone market has been expanding swiftly in past few years and their demand has soared to new heights. In order to support such a high demand cloud computing appears to be right choice for mobile technology. Mobile cloud computing incorporates cloud computing concept to overcome many restraints of mobile devices such as battery life, bandwidth, scalability, diverse platform, storage to name a few. The mobile cloud computing market is predicted to further rise in the next coming years. The focus of this paper is to provide baselines for understanding cloud computing concept. At first an introduction to cloud computing with application areas and services are discussed then how mobile computing is combined with cloud computing to devise a new concept of mobile cloud computing. Various advantages, challenges, applications and architecture of mobile cloud computing is discussed in detail.

Keywords: Mobile Applications, Cloud computing, Mobile Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing.