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July-Aug. 2012 (vol. 29 no. 4)
pp. 25-27
J. Bret Michael, Naval Postgraduate School
Michiel van Genuchten, Open Digital Dentistry
Smartphones aren't very “smart” without the software apps that give them their usability and versatility. Apps, like all software, need some degree of guidance, regulation, and measurement to ensure a user is receiving proper functionality and quality of service. This problem has existed in software engineering and software development from Day 1, and apps are no different. The void has led to a recent clamor for some way to vet apps and the app stores in which they will reside and be licensed. The guest editors of this special issue contend that this will be a huge problem for the mobile app market as it continues to grow; the articles they feature here attempt to address the challenges to come.

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2. R. Murmuria et al., "Mobile Application and Device Power Usage Measurements," to be published in Proc. 6th Int'l Conf. Security and Reliability Eng., IEEE, 2012.

Index Terms:
mobile apps,software engineering,mobile devices
Jeffrey Voas, J. Bret Michael, Michiel van Genuchten, "The Mobile Software App Takeover," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 25-27, July-Aug. 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2012.104
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