TIDE: A user-centric tool for identifying energy hungry applications on smartphones

Tuan A. Dao, Indrajeet Singh, Harsha V. Madhyastha, Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy, Guohong Cao, Prasant Mohapatra

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Today, many smartphone users are unaware of what applications (apps) they should stop using to prevent their battery from running out quickly. The problem is identifying such apps is hard due to the fact that there exist hundreds of thousands of apps and their impact on the battery is not well understood. We show via extensive measurement studies that the impact of an app on battery consumption depends on both environmental (wireless) factors and usage patterns. Based on this, we argue that there exists a critical need for a tool that allows a user to: 1) identify apps that are energy hungry and 2) understand why an app is consuming energy, on her phone. Toward addressing this need, we present TIDE, a tool to detect high energy apps on any particular smartphone. TIDE's key characteristic is that it accounts for usage-centric information while identifying energy hungry apps from among a multitude of apps that run simultaneously on a user's phone. Our evaluation of TIDE on a test bed of Android-based smartphones, using week-long smartphone usage traces from 17 real users, shows that TIDE correctly identifies over 94% of energy-hungry apps and has a false positive rate of < 6%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7835690
Pages (from-to)1459-1474
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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