Android market reconstruction and analysis

Matthew L. Dering, Patrick McDaniel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

12 Scopus citations


With the rise in both personal and official smartphone use by the military, large scale application store analysis is an appealing idea, but until now there has been no real method of quickly accumulating a large library for analysis. In this paper we present a population study of permission and library use in Android apps, obtained from the Google Play Store. To accomplish this, we present a novel method for quickly reconnoitering a large database using a novel wordlist approach. Employing this method we compiled a library of over 700, 000 applications. By leveraging program analysis and data mining techniques, we analyzed how permissions and libraries are used in real world settings on a population-wide level. From this we were able to make several claims about the health and apparently direction of the Android ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 IEEE Military Communications Conference
Subtitle of host publicationAffordable Mission Success: Meeting the Challenge, MILCOM 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479967704
StatePublished - Nov 13 2014
Event33rd Annual IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2014 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Oct 6 2014Oct 8 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Other33rd Annual IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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