A cloud client is a computer program that runs on a user's device that depends on cloud services for functionality.
OverviewCloud clients allow a device with limited capabilities such as a mobile phone to leverage cloud services that have scalable resources such as computing cycles and data storage. This allows for rich functionality without slowing things down on the user's device.A cloud client can be dumb, meaning that it is useless without a connection to cloud services. Alternatively, it may be fully functional without a connection. In some cases, cloud services provide background functions and the user doesn't notice much when they're not connected.
ExampleA car navigation system is designed as a cloud client. The client is mostly functional without a connection. When a connection is available, the navigation system downloads updated maps and provides real time traffic information from a cloud service.
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