Unveiling the Architecture and Design of Android Applications - An Exploratory Study

Edmilson Campos, Uirá Kulesza, Roberta Coelho, Rodrigo Bonifácio, Lucas Mariano

Abstract

This work presents an exploratory study whose goal was to investigate the architectural characteristics of Android’s applications. We selected twelve popular and open-source applications available on the official Android’s store for analysing. Then, we applied techniques of the reverse engineering to each target application in order to investigate three main aspects: (i) architecture of each application; use of the (ii) design patterns; and (iii) expecting handling policies. Support tools were used in order to identify dependencies between architectural components implemented in each target application, and to graphically present those dependencies. Then, based on this analysing, we present a qualitative analysis carried out on the extracted architectures. One of the outcomes consistently detected during this study was an overview of the main architectural choices that have been adopted by Android developers, resulting on formulation of a preliminary conceptual architecture for Android applications.

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Campos E., Kulesza U., Coelho R., Bonifácio R. and Mariano L. (2015). Unveiling the Architecture and Design of Android Applications - An Exploratory Study . In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-758-097-0, pages 201-211. DOI: 10.5220/0005398902010211


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@conference{iceis15,
author={Edmilson Campos and Uirá Kulesza and Roberta Coelho and Rodrigo Bonifácio and Lucas Mariano},
title={Unveiling the Architecture and Design of Android Applications - An Exploratory Study},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},
year={2015},
pages={201-211},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005398902010211},
isbn={978-989-758-097-0},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
TI - Unveiling the Architecture and Design of Android Applications - An Exploratory Study
SN - 978-989-758-097-0
AU - Campos E.
AU - Kulesza U.
AU - Coelho R.
AU - Bonifácio R.
AU - Mariano L.
PY - 2015
SP - 201
EP - 211
DO - 10.5220/0005398902010211