Stored data is a critical component of any application. The stored data component of mobile applications (apps) presents special considerations. This paper examines the management of stored data for mobile apps. It identifies three types of mobile apps and describes the stored data characteristics of each type. It presents decision factors for selecting a data storage approach for a mobile app and the impact of the factors on the usability of the app. The paper surveys over 70 apps in a specific domain (that of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain) to examine their data storage characteristics. Finally the paper presents a case study of the development of one app in this domain (eCamino). The paper concludes that in the domain examined the data storage approach selected for a mobile app depends on the characteristics of the situation in which the app will be used.
Nickerson, Robert C. and Mourato-Dussault, Francois B., "Managing Stored Data For Mobile Apps: Survey Of Apps And Case Study" (2015). 2015 International Conference on Mobile Business. 12.