RedDroid: Android Application Redundancy Customization Based on Static Analysis

Yufei Jiang, Qinkun Bao, Shuai Wang, Xiao Liu, Dinghao Wu

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Abstract

Smartphone users are installing more and bigger apps. At the meanwhile, each app carries considerable amount of unused stuff, called software bloat, in its apk file. As a result, the resources of a smartphone, such as hard disk and network bandwidth, has become even more insufficient than ever before. Therefore, it is critical to investigate existing apps on the market and apps in development to identify the sources of software bloat and develop techniques and tools to remove the bloat. In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of software bloat in Android applications, and categorize them into two types, compile-time redundancy and install-time redundancy. In addition, we further propose a static analysis based approach to identifying and removing software bloat from Android applications. We implemented our approach in a prototype called RedDroid, and we evaluated RedDroid on thousands of Android applications collected from Google Play. Our experimental results not only validate the effectiveness of our approach, but also report the bloatware issue in real-world Android applications for the first time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 29th IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, ISSRE 2018
EditorsSudipto Ghosh, Bojan Cukic, Robin Poston, Roberto Natella, Nuno Laranjeiro
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages189-199
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683217
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2018
Event29th IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, ISSRE 2018 - Memphis, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2018Oct 18 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, ISSRE
Volume2018-October
ISSN (Print)1071-9458

Other

Other29th IEEE International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, ISSRE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMemphis
Period10/15/1810/18/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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