Deliver the best mobile experience

As a mobile developer, you know first-hand the challenges imposed by mobile network speed and availability, the diversity of smartphones and tablets, a variety of operating systems, and multiple browsers and their capabilities. Akamai’s mobile performance optimizations are designed to overcome these challenges by focusing on three key categories: -Mobile APIs -Mobile apps -Mobile web

Mobile APIs

Modern websites and mobile apps are built from the ground up with APIs. Akamai leverages a unique set of API-specific capabilities designed to accelerate API calls, assemble APIs at the edge, and enable API-based operations.

Designed for performance, scale, offload, and reliability to websites and mobile applications, these performance solutions include optimizations for:

API acceleration

Akamai collects real-time data and plots an optimal path between your origin infrastructure and Akamai's edge servers, avoiding congestion points and long routes.

API caching

Akamai caches responses at the edge to position the content closer to the consumer requesting it, keeping requests off the cellular network and helping to preserve the battery life of mobile devices.

API compression

Compression of API responses can reduce the payload size by 60-90% and greatly improve delivery time of API responses.

API prioritization cloudlet

This small app runs at the edge and diverts long wait times and server failures by using alternate non-HTML assets in the event your API is at risk of becoming overloaded.

Mobile apps

Akamai optimizes mobile app delivery via cache control, network and file optimizations, and mobile-specific analytics and reporting. 

Mobile apps demand mobile optimizations

Data transmitted over cellular is subject to variable network conditions, and so optimizing data transit can make a huge difference in the user’s experience. Akamai addresses mobile-specific performance at all critical layers: at the Internet core, at the Akamai Intelligent Platform edge, and over cellular networks to the device.


| Keep users engaged

We use network awareness and prepositioning of content for instantaneous app views and seamless browsing experiences. This keeps users engaged in your app, instead of waiting around. 


| Optimize images for mobile apps

Akamai first detects the device type and the speed of the network. Then, the correct image or video is accessed from the network or device cache, depending on conditions, and delivered via the best pathway.


| Gain insight into users

To understand how users interact with your application, you need on-device analytics. Knowing how the device, battery, third-party content, and network bandwidth impact application performance and user behavior helps identify the quality of the user experience and helps you to define performance improvements. 


| Fast purge and activation

Your organization requires both scale and responsiveness to meet the needs of your mobile app audiences. With Akamai’s new Fast Purge and Fast Activation features, you can clear your cache in seconds and push out configuration changes in minutes. And with an unmatched global audience, you can be sure to reach your users wherever they are.


| Support for the latest standards

Akamai makes it easy for its customers to enable the newest internet standards, like HTTP/2 and IPv6, and the performance benefits inherent in them.



Akamai mobile SDKs


| Mobile App Performance SDK

The Mobile App Performance (MAP) SDK brings the capabilities of Ion to your phone, optimizing your existing mobile app. Simply download the license and add a few lines of code to your existing app and you enable your app to understand network conditions, pre-position content, better manage images based on connection and device type, optimize API traffic, and understand the performance of the app.

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| mPulse SDK

The mPulse SDK allows you to monitor network and app telemetry. This allows you to see, in real-time, how your app performs. You can set up thresholds and alerts, and get granular visibility into how end users perceive performance. With this information you can identify views that matter the most, and answer critical questions, such as "How much impact does the performance have on conversions or session length?" You can also determine which things, for example third-party scripts, are slowing you down. The mPulse SDK maximizes your business outcomes by prioritizing enhancements that matter.

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| Media Acceleration SDK

The next generation of Akamai’s media acceleration technology is here, evolving from the Infinite Media Acceleration SDK, to which we added VOD and download use cases. This SDK embraces standards-based technology in an effort to reach more devices. It can also fully integrate with the Akamai portal, and includes configuration and self-service mechanisms. This SDK will be offered as a feature of Adaptive Media Delivery, Download Delivery, and Media Services On Demand.

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| Adaptive Media Player SDK

The Adaptive Media Player (AMP) SDKs provide a simple way to insert a quality media playback experience in your web, iOS/tvOS, and Android applications. Whether you are building out your OTT service or offering an enterprise webcasting application, Akamai AMP provides a single component that pre-integrates playback, acceleration, monetization, and analytics to ensure a reliably fast, and high-quality deployment, greatly reducing the work for your developers.

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| Bot Manager Premier SDK

The Bot Manager Premier SDK automatically detects traffic generated by robots (bots) on websites by collecting behavioral data like device characteristics and orientation, accelerometer data, touch events, etc., and analyzing the user interactions, detecting everything from simple to sophisticated bot actors. The Bot Manager Premier SDK takes this technology and applies it to protect all native mobile application APIs.

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Mobile web

Akamai applies powerful optimizations to help overcome limitations in the quality of mobile connections and underperforming devices.

Mobile websites continue to be the best way to reach broad audiences, but it’s a solution with compromises. Akamai applies powerful optimizations to help overcome limitations in the quality of mobile connections and underperforming devices.

Adapt to your users

Adapt to your users: Akamai learns how users operate and can preemptively push resources or connect to 3rd parties before they are requested by the browser. Adaptive Acceleration significantly improves the time to first byte by 35% or more, and can typically improve the rendering process by 5%.

Faster mobile web page rendering

Akamai’s globally distributed edge servers enable quicker response times, allowing the browser to download important resources such as JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and images earlier, increasing page load speed.

Render above-the-fold content more quickly

Akamai’s advanced mobile web optimization routines are designed to help improve the end user experience by accelerating the rendering of the web page. It analyzes end user devices and expedites the requests for resources contained in the device’s viewport, increasing the visible pages' download speeds.

Bypass embedded third-party URL bottlenecks

Akamai leverages advanced browser capabilities to prefetch and resolve connections to third-party resources before the normal requests are processed, reducing the likelihood of embedded third-party content becoming a bottleneck during page rendering.

Lazy-loading for images

In cases when a user doesn’t scroll down the complete page, Akamai only loads the images visible within the current viewport (known as lazy-loading), improving page load time and reducing bandwidth.

Is your site responsive and fast?

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