Investigating country differences in mobile app user behavior and challenges for software engineering

Soo Ling Lim, Peter J. Bentley, Natalie Kanakam, Fuyuki Ishikawa, Shinichi Honiden

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Mobile applications (apps) are software developed for use on mobile devices and made available through app stores. App stores are highly competitive markets where developers need to cater to a large number of users spanning multiple countries. This work hypothesizes that there exist country differences in mobile app user behavior and conducts one of the largest surveys to date of app users across the world, in order to identify the precise nature of those differences. The survey investigated user adoption of the app store concept, app needs, and rationale for selecting or abandoning an app. We collected data from more than 15 countries, including USA, China, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, India, Canada, Spain, Australia, Mexico, and South Korea. Analysis of data provided by 4,824 participants showed significant differences in app user behaviors across countries, for example users from USA are more likely to download medical apps, users from the United Kingdom and Canada are more likely to be influenced by price, users from Japan and Australia are less likely to rate apps. Analysis of the results revealed new challenges to market-driven software engineering related to packaging requirements, feature space, quality expectations, app store dependency, price sensitivity, and ecosystem effect.

元の言語English
記事番号6913003
ページ(範囲)40-64
ページ数25
ジャーナルIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
41
発行部数1
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2015 1 1
外部発表Yes

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Software engineering
Application programs
Medical applications
Mobile devices
Ecosystems
Packaging

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Investigating country differences in mobile app user behavior and challenges for software engineering. / Lim, Soo Ling; Bentley, Peter J.; Kanakam, Natalie; Ishikawa, Fuyuki; Honiden, Shinichi.

:: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 巻 41, 番号 1, 6913003, 01.01.2015, p. 40-64.

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Lim, Soo Ling ; Bentley, Peter J. ; Kanakam, Natalie ; Ishikawa, Fuyuki ; Honiden, Shinichi. / Investigating country differences in mobile app user behavior and challenges for software engineering. :: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 2015 ; 巻 41, 番号 1. pp. 40-64.
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