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Mobile Application Device Power Usage Measurements



Rahul Murmuria, Jeffrey Medsger, Angelos Stavrou, Jeff Voas


Reducing power consumption has become a crucial design tenet for both mobile and other small computing devices that are not constantly connected to a power source. However, unlike devices that have a limited and predefined set of functionality, recent mobile smart phone devices have a very rich set of components and can handle multiple general purpose programs that are not a-priori known or profiled. In this paper, we present a general methodology for collecting measurements and modelling power usage on smart phones. Our goal is to characterize the device subsystems and perform accurate power measurements. We implemented a system that effectively accounts for the power usage of all of the primary hardware subsystems on the phone: CPU, display, graphics, GPS, audio, microphone, and Wi-Fi. To achieve that, we make use of the per-subsystem time shares reported by the operating system's power-management module. We present the models capability to further calculate the power consumption of individual applications given measurements, and also the feasibility of our model to operate in real-time and without significant impact in the power footprint of the devices we monitor.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IEEE's Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE'12)
Conference Dates
June 20-22, 2012
Conference Location
Gaithersburg, MD, US
Conference Title
2012 IEEE Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE'12)


smartphones, app power measurement, malicious app behavior


Murmuria, R. , Medsger, J. , Stavrou, A. and Voas, J. (2012), Mobile Application Device Power Usage Measurements, Proceedings of the IEEE's Sixth International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE'12), Gaithersburg, MD, US, [online],, (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created July 30, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021