P2P File Sharing on Mobile Phones: Design and Implementation of a Prototype

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Mobile phones have already evolved from simple voice communication means into a powerful device able to handle multimedia documents, personal productivity applications, and all sort of connections to the Internet. It is hence expected to see a popular application such as file sharing to become widely utilized even in this context. Indeed, the combination among mobile users and file sharing seems a match made in heaven: people could exchange files of interest just passing by each other. Moreover, new context related applications may be developed to exploit this possibility enriching people lives. In this paper, the authors present design issues and implementation details about a real P2P file sharing application for mobile phones.

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