Smartphone based Social Networks

Day by day smartphones are moving towards being a necessity rather than a luxury. Smartphones are now so close to the users raising the question: How close the phone is from its owner? In this project we will try to explore the smartphone communication. We assume that user's proximity has something to do with the data viewed by users. The relation between users can be a factor in the percentage of common data used. We will try to use the data collected from smartphone usage to construct an anonymous social networks mapping the repetition of data usage keeping an eye on their proximity. This network can be further used to: optimize the caching in access points saving the smartphone's time and power; the relation can be used to display Ads recently viewed by close peers; A service can be built on top this network to search for close peers in the vicinity.


  1. Study the correlation between users activity/relation on social networks and physical data traffic.
  2. Does the physical proximity affects the data traffic.
  3. Identify the percentage of data redundancy.
  4. Utilize the redundancy to save power and time for smartphones.


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