ICPC 2018
Sun 27 - Mon 28 May 2018 Gothenburg, Sweden
co-located with * ICSE 2018 *
Mon 28 May 2018 14:52 - 15:09 at J1 room - Vision Keynote and Mobile Apps Chair(s): Sonia Haiduc

One of the most common strategies to develop new software is to take advantage of existing source code, which is available in comprehensive packages called third-party libraries. As for all software systems, even these libraries change to offer new functionalities and fix bugs or security issues. The way the changes are propagated has been studied by researchers, interested in understanding their impact on the non-functional attributes of the systems source code. While the research community mainly focused on the change propagation phenomenon in the context of traditional applications, only little is known regarding the mobile context. In this paper, we aim at bridging this gap by conducting an empirical study on the evolution history of 291 mobile apps, by investigating (i) whether mobile developers actually update third-party libraries, (ii) which are the categories of libraries with respect to the developers’ proneness to update their apps, (iii) what are the common patterns followed by developers when updating a software library, and (iv) whether high- and low-rated apps present peculiar update patterns. The results of the study showed that mobile developers rarely update their apps with respect to the used libraries, and when they do, they mainly tend to update the libraries related to the Graphical User Interface, with the aim of keeping the mobile apps updated with the latest design tendencies. In some cases developers ignore updates because of a poor awareness of the benefits, or a too high cost/benefit ratio. Finally, high- and low-rated apps present strong differences.

Mon 28 May

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14:00 - 15:00
Vision Keynote and Mobile AppsTechnical Research at J1 room
Chair(s): Sonia Haiduc Florida State University
The Language Dichotomy: Toward Effective Program Comprehension for Mobile App Development (Vision Keynote)Vision Keynote
Technical Research
Kevin Moran College of William & Mary, Mario Linares-Vasquez , Carlos Bernal-Cárdenas , Denys Poshyvanyk William and Mary
LESdroid - A Tool for Detecting Exported Service Leaks of Android ApplicationsTechnical Research
Technical Research
Jun Ma Nanjing University, Shaocong Liu Nanjing University, Yanyan Jiang Nanjing University, Xianping Tao Nanjing University, Chang Xu Nanjing University, Jian Lu Nanjing University
Do Developers Update Third-Party Libraries in Mobile Apps?Technical Research
Technical Research
Pasquale Salza USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Fabio Palomba , Dario Di Nucci Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Cosmo D'Uva University of Salerno, Andrea De Lucia University of Salerno, Filomena Ferrucci University of Salerno
What's Inside My App?: Understanding Feature Redundancy in Mobile AppsTechnical Research
Technical Research
Yao Guo , Yuanchun Li Peking University, Ziyue Yang Peking University, Xiangqun Chen Peking University