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Mobile Browser Test (One Year Later)

Hey there.

It’s been a year since we first opened our mobile browser concurrency test for people to use, so I thought I’d take a quick moment to thank everyone who has taken the test.  All 6,461 of you.  Yup, that’s how many individual test results we have thus far (and still counting…).  Those tests have yielded 1,572 unique user agents, of which 638 are unique mobile devices that have completed the test.  Wow.  Thanks everyone.

We’ve learned quite a bit from the data and we hope to see it put to use in some of the mobile device databases, such WURFL and Device Atlas.  While there are quite a few devices that support only one outstanding connection at a time, there are also quite a few newer devices that not only support several concurrent connections, but do so across multiple subdomains.  This is good news for mobile web sites that need to minimize page loading times.  We’ve also verified what we hoped to find – that most devices support http compression, which means there’s no reason not to gzip mobile content for mobile users.

If you would like to take a look at our first year results, trip on over to our test summary page and have a look around.  If you have any questions, please feel free to fire away.

One Comment on “Mobile Browser Test (One Year Later)”

  1. Tom O'Hare says:

    Great work John. In your opinion, which is a better solution, WURFL or DeviceAtlas, for simply detecting if a device is a mobile device?

    Thanks,
    Tom