In May 2016, the AUToMAte (Automated Usability Testing of Mobile Applications) project, funded by the Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG), has been finished successfully. The primary goal of the project was the development of an automated procedure for conducting usability tests on mobile platforms.
Parts of the implementation have been published as open source project named automate toolkit under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 (or later). It is hosted on GitHub and contains everything needed for tracking mobile device usage and context information on Android phones. The automate toolkit app, available via Google Play, provides a convenient and customizable way to track the usage of arbitrary applications on Android. The tracked data is stored locally in CSV files, which can be processed further e.g. in statistical software like R.
The automate toolkit is the perfect tool for supporting user studies or other tracking tasks on Android phones. For more details, please visit the research section of this website.