Android has become one of the leader operating systems for smartphones. Moreover, Android has a big community of developers with over 696500 applications on its market. However, given the complexity of the system, bugs are very common on Android applications--such as security vulnerabilities and energy bugs. Normally Android applications are written using the Java programming language. In contrast to most Java applications, Android applications does not have a single entry point (main function). In addition, these applications can use some system calls and receive events from external entities (such as the user) that affect how their control flows. Therefore, a model of the Android system must be defined in order to understand the behavior of Android applications and define how their control flows. In this thesis, two approaches to define the behavior of Android applications are studied. The first approach is an intra-component analysis that take take in account just the lifecycle of the main components in Android to define control flow of the applications. This approach is evaluated applying a specification miner for energy related specifications on 12 applications from the Android market. We were able to mine 91 specifications on all the applications and 41 of them were validated. For 50% of the applications analyzed, the analysis had less than 40% of false positives specifications. However, for the rest of the applications, the interaction between components was a important factor that increased the false positives. Therefore, the second approach is an inter-component approach that takes in account both, the lifecycle of components and interaction between components to define the control flow of Android applications. We evaluate the approach checking the percentage of code coverage on 8 applications from the Google market. The results are promising with an average coverage of 67%. In addition, we were able to identify bugs related to violations of constraints regarding intecomponent interactions.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Application software--Evaluation; Android (Electronic resource)--Programming
Department, Program, or Center
Computer Science (GCCIS)
Dominguez, Danilo, "Analyzing Android applications for specifications and bugs" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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