A first look at CI/CD adoptions in open-source Android apps

Pei Liu, Xiaoyu Sun, Yanjie Zhao, Yonghui Liu, John Grundy, Li Li

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Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) have been demonstrated to be effective in facilitating software building, testing, and deployment. Many research studies have investigated and subsequently improved their working processes. Unfortunately, such research efforts have largely not touched on the usage of CI/CD in the development of Android apps. We fill this gap by conducting an exploratory study of CI/CD adoption in open-source Android apps. We start by collecting a set of 84,475 open-source Android apps from the most popular three online code hosting sites, namely Github, GitLab, and Bitbucket. We then look into those apps and find that (1) only around 10% of apps have leveraged CI/CD services, i.e., the majority of open-source Android apps are developed without accessing CI/CD services, (2) a small number of apps (291) has even adopted multiple CI/CD services, (3) nearly half of the apps adopted CI/CD services have not really used them, and (4) CI/CD services are useful to improve the popularity of projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
EditorsJulia Rubin, Shahar Maoz
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394758
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Workshop on Advances in Mobile App Analysis 2022 - Ann Arbor, United States of America
Duration: 10 Oct 202210 Oct 2022
Conference number: 5th
https://a-mobile.github.io/ (Website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3551349 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Advances in Mobile App Analysis 2022
Abbreviated titleA-Mobile 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityAnn Arbor
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