Characterization of early smartwatch apps

Jagmohan Chauhan, Suranga Seneviratne, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Anirban Mahanti, Aruna Seneviratne

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Abstract

Wearable smart devices are already amongst us. Currently, smartwatches are one of the key drivers of the wearable technology and are being used by a large population of consumers. This paper takes a first look at this increasingly popular technology with a systematic characterization of the smartwatch app markets. We conduct a large scale analysis of three popular smartwatch app markets: Android Wear, Samsung, and Apple, and characterize more than 14,000 smartwatch apps in multiple aspects such as prices, number of developers and categories. Our analysis shows that approximately 41% and 30% of the apps in Android Wear and Samsung app markets are Personalization apps that provide watch faces. Further, we provide a generic taxonomy for apps on all three platforms based on their packaging and modes of communication, that allow us to investigate apps with respect to privacy and security. Finally, we study the privacy risks associated with the app usage by identifying third party trackers integrated into these apps and personal information leakage through network traffic analysis. We show that a higher percentage of Apple apps (62%) are connected to third party trackers compared to Samsung (36%) and Android Wear (46%).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509019410
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2016 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 14 Mar 201618 Mar 2016

Conference

Conference13th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops, PerCom Workshops 2016
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period14/03/1618/03/16

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