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Ubiquitous connectivity on mobile devices will enable numerous new applications in healthcare and multimedia. We set out to check how close we are towards ubiquitous connectivity in our daily life. The findings from our recent field-collected data from an urban university population show that while network availability is decent, the energy cost of network(More)
We present LiveLab, a methodology to measure real-world smartphone usage and wireless networks with a reprogrammable indevice logger designed for long-term user studies. We discuss the challenges of privacy protection and power impact in LiveLab and offer our solutions. We present an iPhone 3GS based deployment of LiveLab with 25 users intended for one(More)
Battery lifetime has become one of the top usability concerns of mobile systems. While many endeavors have been devoted to improving battery lifetime, they have fallen short in understanding how users interact with batteries. In response, we have conducted a systematic user study on battery use and recharge behavior, an important aspect of user-battery(More)
Mobile phone users have to deal with limited battery lifetime through a reciprocal process we call <i>human-battery interaction</i> (HBI). We conducted three user studies in order to understand HBI and discover the problems in existing mobile phone designs. The studies include a large-scale international survey, a one-month field data collection including(More)
Mobile phone users have to deal with limited battery lifetime through a reciprocal process we call human–battery interaction. We conducted three user studies in order to understand human–battery interaction and discover the problems in existing designs that prevent users from effectively dealing with the limited battery lifetime. The studies include a(More)
Many emerging mobile applications and services are based on smartphones. We have performed a four-month field study of the adoption and usage of smartphone-based services by 14 novice teenage users. From the field study, we present the application usage and usage characteristics of our participants. We show that their usage is highly mobile,(More)
Previous studies have found that smartphone users differ by orders of magnitude. We explore this variability to understand how users install and use native applications in ecologically-valid environments. A quasi-experimental approach is applied to compare how users in different socio-economic status (SES) groups adopt new smartphone technology along with(More)
— Is it possible to migrate TCP/IP flows between different networks on modern mobile devices without infrastructure support or protocol changes? To answer this question, we make three research contributions. (i) We report a comprehensive characterization of IP traffic on 27 iPhone 3GS users for three months. (ii) Driven by these findings, we devise two(More)
The present report is an empirical analysis of smartphone personalisation. We collected data from two groups of users to measure how they adapt the content, interface and physical appearance of their devices. This user-driven personalisation is measured with a simple heuristic approach to quantify the behaviour. Using these scores, we explore how users(More)
We present results from a longitudinal study of 34 iPh-one 3GS users, called LiveLab. LiveLab collected unprecedented usage data through an in-device, programmable logger and several structured interviews with the participants throughout the study. We have four objectives in writing this paper: (i) share the findings with the research community; (ii)(More)