Mobile Performance

Deliver The Best Mobile Experience

As a mobile developer, you know firsthand 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 the challenges of all aspects of mobile experiences — including mobile connectivity, delivery speed, device diversity, responsive web design, and developer complexity.

Our mobile performance optimizations focus on three key categories:



Optimize the performance of your APIs by accelerating API calls, assembling APIs at the edge, and enabling API-based operations for mobile performance.

Maximize API Performance

Modern websites and mobile apps are built from the ground up with APIs. Akamai leverages a unique set of API-specific capabilities designed to provide 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 the Akamai 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 thus 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.

Akamai API Capabilities

APIs allow applications to talk to other applications, and have become crucial backend services to websites and mobile apps. Optimized APIs can help improve the performance and reliability of crucial assets.

Here are five ways to optimize your APIs with Akamai:


Solving API Performance, Reliability, & Security Challenges

The explosion of Application Program Interfaces has left developers dealing with the fallout of APIs that are built without appropriate consideration to scaling requirements, user experience, security, reliability, latency, and more.

What questions should you be asking when reviewing your APIs and thinking about future improvements?



Mobile Apps

Akamai optimizes mobile app delivery via caching content, optimizing image delivery, and simplifying development for a faster user experience.

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 keep users engaged in your app, not waiting for a response.

Optimize Images For Mobile Apps

Akamai detects the device type, and the speed of the network. The correct image or video is then accessed from the network, or the device cache, depending on conditions.

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.

Mobile App Performance SDK

The Mobile App Performance (MAP) SDK supercharges 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.

Unlocking Mobile Application Performance

Learn how to overcome app performance barriers and make your app stand out.


Make Your App Experience Count

Learn how to overcome app performance barriers and make your app stand out.



Mobile Web

Improve mobile website performance by accelerating content, simplifying development, optimizing responsive web design, reducing infrastructure investment, and overcoming challenges of network latency through mobile network deployments.

Mobile Websites Demand Performance And Flexibility

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 global footprint of Edge servers get a response back to the end user as quickly as possible, allowing the browser to download important resources such as JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and some 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 page’s download speed.

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.

Responsive And Fast Implementing High Performance Responsive Design

Learn how to solve performance problems stemming from excessive downloads of images, JavaScript and CSS, and HTML in this free white paper.


Responsive Web Design And Its Performance Pitfalls With Akamai CTO Guy Podjarny (Video)

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a powerful new approach to tackling the challenge of mobile browsing, which advocates having a single website for all devices, but one that adapts to the device width & capabilities on the client itself. While powerful, RWD brings with it a set of performance concerns. This video explains what RWD is and - more importantly - how to understand and avoid the performance concerns it entails.



Is Your Site Responsive And Fast?

Register for a free RWD Report to find out if your site is experiencing performance issues in problem areas common to RWD sites.