ZapDroid: Managing infrequently used applications on smartphones

Indrajeet Singh, Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy, Harsha V. Madhyastha, Iulian Neamtiu

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Abstract

User surveys have shown that a typical user has over a hundred apps on her smartphone [1], but stops using many of them. We conduct a user study to identify such unused apps, which we call zombies, and show via experiments that zombie apps consume significant resources on a user's smartphone and access her private information. We then design and build ZapDroid, which enables users to detect and silo zombie apps in an effective way to prevent their undesired activities. If and when the user wishes to resume using such an app, ZapDroid restores the app quickly and effectively. Our evaluations show that: (i) ZapDroid saves twice the energy from unwanted zombie app behaviors as compared to apps from the Play Store that kill background unwanted processes, and (ii) it effectively prevents zombie apps from using undesired permissions. In addition, ZapDroid is energye efficient, consuming < 4% of the battery per day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1185-1196
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335744
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2015 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Sep 7 2015Sep 11 2015

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Other

Other3rd ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2015
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period9/7/159/11/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

Keywords

  • Energy
  • Privacy
  • Smartphones

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