Google demos SPDY protocol on mobile

Summary:Google has demonstrated its experimental new protocol SPDY running on a mobile, loading web content faster than traditional HTTP

Google's new experimental protocol that theoretically transports web content faster than HTTP has attracted interest from users and developers — but the web giant has now come up with proof, not theories, that it will work for mobile devices.

New research by three developers, Matt Welsh, Ben Greenstein and Michael Piatek of Google's Mobile Web Performance team, has shown that mobile can also benefit from SPDY. Mobile platforms are typically plagued by issues of higher round-trip times and lower broadband speeds than are available through wired networks.

The three researchers set about using Google Chrome for Android, which has support for SPDY, to test 77 URLs from 31 different websites, and compared SPDY results with those obtained using the traditional HTTP protocol. The results found that on average, SPDY was faster than HTTP in all but one instance and resulted in an average load-time reduction of 23 percent over HTTP, or a speed increase of up to 1.3 times. 

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google proves mobile web can be SPDY on ZDNet Australia.


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Topics: Apps, Software Development

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