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Despite increasing usage of mobile computing, exploiting its full potential is difficult due to its inherent problems such as resource scarcity, frequent disconnections, and mobility. Mobile cloud computing can address these problems by executing mobile applications on resource providers external to the mobile device. In this paper, the authors provide an extensive survey of mobile cloud computing research, while highlighting the specific concerns in mobile cloud computing. They present a taxonomy based on the key issues in this area, and discuss the different approaches taken to tackle these issues. They conclude the paper with a critical analysis of challenges that have not yet been fully met, and highlight directions for future work.