mobilesoft2015

Two papers presented in June about the analysis of hybrid mobile Apps in the Google Play Store

This month we presented two papers at two different conferences about the latest results of our analyses on hybrid mobile Apps in the Google Play Store.

1 – Hybrid Mobile Apps in the Google Play Store: An Exploratory Investigation

The first paper has been presented by Stefano Ruberto at MobileSoft 2015, the ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems, sponsored by ACM SIGSOFT.

Here you can download the paper: http://www.ivanomalavolta.com/files/papers/MobileSoft_2015.pdf, and here you can find the slides of the presentation:



Abstract. One of the most intriguing challenges in mobile apps development is its fragmentation with respect to mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone). Large companies like IBM and Adobe and a growing community of developers advocate hybrid mobile apps development as a possible solution to mobile platforms fragmentation. Hybrid mobile apps are consistent across platforms and built on web standards. How hybrid apps are performing in production settings is still highly debated, with limited objective evidence.
In this paper, we present the first empirical investigation into mobile hybrid apps involving a large number of mobile apps. Our goal is exploratory and we aim at identifying, analysing, and understanding the traits and distinctions of publicly available hybrid mobile apps within their real-life context. The study has been conducted by mining 11,917 free apps and their related metadata from the Google Play Store, and analyzing them from both a technical and end users’ perception perspective.

2 – End Users’ Perception of Hybrid Mobile Apps in the Google Play Store

The second paper has been presented by Ivano Malavolta at Mobile Services 2015. Mobile Services 2015 is the 4th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Services, and it has been held in June 27 – July 2, 2015, New York, USA.

Here you can download the paper: http://www.ivanomalavolta.com/files/papers/MS_2015.pdf , and here you can find the slides of the presentation:



Abstract. Today millions of mobile apps are downloaded and used all over the world. Mobile apps are distributed via different app stores, such as the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, the Windows Phone Store. One of the most intriguing challenges in mobile apps development is its fragmentation with respect to mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone). Recently, companies like IBM and Adobe and a growing com- munity of developers advocate hybrid mobile apps development as a possible solution to mobile platforms fragmentation. Hybrid mobile apps are consistent across platforms and built on web standards.
In this paper, we present an empirical investigation into mobile hybrid apps. Our goal is to identify and analyse the traits and distinctions of publicly available hybrid mobile apps from end users’ perspective. The study has been conducted by mining 11,917 free apps and 3,041,315 reviews from the Google Play Store, and analyzing them from the end users’ perception perspective. The results of this study build an objective and reproducible snapshot about how hybrid mobile development is performing “in the wild” in real projects, thus establishing a base for future methods and techniques for developing hybrid mobile apps.