Mobile device usage characteristics: The effect of context and form factor on locked and unlocked usage

Daniel Hintze, Rainhard Findling, Sebastian Scholz, Rene Mayrhofer

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Abstract

Smartphones and tablets are an indispensable part of modern communication and people spend considerable time interacting with their devices every day. While substantial research has been conducted concerning smartphone usage, little is known about how tablets are used. This paper studies mobile device usage characteristics like session length, interaction frequency, and daily usage in locked and unlocked state with respect to location context. Based on logs from 1,585 Android devices (470 years of total usage time), we derive and analyze 23 million usage sessions. We found that devices remain locked for 60% of the interactions and usage at home occurs twice as frequent as at work. With an average of 58 interactions per day, smartphones are used twice as often as tablets, while tablet sessions are 2.5 times longer, resulting in almost equal aggregated daily usage. We conclude that usage session characteristics difier considerably between tablets and smartphones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, MoMM 2014
EditorsI-Hsien Ting, Yu-Hui Tao, Matthias Steinbauer, Ismail Khalil, Hsin-Chang Yang, Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis
PublisherACM Press
Pages105-114
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330084
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2014
Event12th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM 2014) - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China
Duration: 8 Dec 201410 Dec 2014
http://www.iiwas.org/conferences/momm2014/

Publication series

Name12th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, MoMM 2014

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia (MoMM 2014)
CountryChina
CityKaohsiung, Taiwan
Period08.12.201410.12.2014
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Keywords

  • Daily interactions
  • Device unlocking
  • Locked usage
  • Session length
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Usage session
  • User context

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