Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services. 10th International Conference, MOBIQUITOUS 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 2-4, 2013, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Device Analyzer: Understanding Smartphone Usage

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-11569-6_16,
        author={Daniel Wagner and Andrew Rice and Alastair Beresford},
        title={Device Analyzer: Understanding Smartphone Usage},
        proceedings={Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services. 10th International Conference, MOBIQUITOUS 2013, Tokyo, Japan, December 2-4, 2013,  Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MOBIQUITOUS},
        year={2014},
        month={12},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-11569-6_16}
    }
    
  • Daniel Wagner
    Andrew Rice
    Alastair Beresford
    Year: 2014
    Device Analyzer: Understanding Smartphone Usage
    MOBIQUITOUS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-11569-6_16
Daniel Wagner1,*, Andrew Rice1,*, Alastair Beresford1,*
  • 1: University of Cambridge
*Contact email: dtw30@cam.ac.uk, acr31@cam.ac.uk, arb33@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

We describe Device Analyzer, a robust data collection tool which is able to reliably collect information on Android smartphone usage from an open community of contributors. We collected the largest, most detailed dataset of Android phone use publicly available to date. In this paper we systematically evaluate smartphones as a platform for mobile ubiquitous computing by quantifying access to critical resources in the wild. Our analysis of the dataset demonstrates considerable diversity in behaviour between users but also over time. We further demonstrate the value of handset-centric data collection by presenting case-study analyses of human mobility, interaction patterns, and energy management and identify notable differences between our results and those found by other studies.