Reference : A First Look at Android Applications in Google Play related to Covid-19
Scientific journals : Article
Engineering, computing & technology : Computer science
Security, Reliability and Trust
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/46245
A First Look at Android Applications in Google Play related to Covid-19
English
Samhi, Jordan mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > TruX >]
Allix, Kevin mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > TruX >]
Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > TruX >]
Klein, Jacques mailto [University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > TruX >]
2021
Empirical Software Engineering
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
1382-3256
1573-7616
Netherlands
[en] Android ; Covid-19 ; Coronavirus
[en] Due to the convenience of access-on-demand to information and business solutions, mobile apps have become an important asset in the digital world. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, app developers have joined the response effort in various ways by releasing apps that target different user bases (e.g., all citizens or journalists), offer different services (e.g., location tracking or diagnostic-aid), provide generic or specialized information, etc. While many apps have raised some concerns by spreading misinformation or even malware, the literature does not yet provide a clear landscape of the different apps that were developed. In this study, we focus on the Android ecosystem and investigate Covid-related Android apps. In a best-effort scenario, we attempt to systematically identify all relevant apps and study their characteristics with the objective to provide a First taxonomy of Covid related apps, broadening the relevance beyond the implementation of contact tracing. Overall, our study yields a number of empirical insights that contribute to enlarge the knowledge on Covid-related apps: (1) Developer communities contributed rapidly to the Covid-19, with dedicated apps released as early as January 2020; (2) Covid-related apps deliver digital tools to users (e.g., health diaries), serve to broadcast information to users (e.g., spread statistics), and collect data from users (e.g., for tracing); (3) Covid-related apps are less complex than standard apps; (4) they generally do not seem to leak sensitive data; (5) in the majority of cases, Covid-related apps are released by entities with past experience on the market, mostly official government entities or public
health organizations.
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) > Other
Researchers ; Professionals ; General public
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/46245
10.1007/s10664-021-09943-x
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10664-021-09943-x
FnR ; FNR14596679 > Jordan Samhi > DIANA > Dissecting Android Applications Using Static Analysis > 01/03/2020 > 31/10/2023 > 2020

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