Challenges in mobile multi-device ecosystems

Jens Grubert, Matthais Kranz, Aaron John Quigley

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Coordinated multi-display environments from the desktop, second-screen to gigapixel display walls are increasingly common. Personal and intimate mobile and wearable devices such as head-mounted displays, smartwatches, smartphones and tablets are rarely part of such multi-device ecosystems.

We conducted a literature research and an expert survey to identify challenges in mobile multi-device ecosystems.

We present grounded challenges relevant for the design, development and use of mobile multi-device environments as well as opportunities for future research. While our surveys indicated that a large number of challenges have been identified, there seems to be little agreement among experts on the importance of individual challenges.

By presenting the identified challenges, we contribute to a better understanding about factors that impede the creation and use of mobile multi-device ecosystems and hope to contribute to shaping the research agenda on interacting with those systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Number of pages22
JournalmUX: The Journal of Mobile User Experience
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2016


  • Multi-display environments
  • Cross-device
  • Cross-surface
  • Distributed display environments


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