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Only 40% of Top Sites are Optimized for Mobile Devices
By: Prashanth Shantharam  |  16, June 2011

Blaze, a mobile performance consulting firm, finds that of the top 200 sites in the U.S, only 40% are optimized for the mobile web. iOS has a slightly higher number of sites (42%) optimized for these devices, compared to Android (38%). They go onto find that almost a large chunk of sites aren’t rendered specifically for the Android tablet.

Sites were better optimized for the tablet form factor (iPad) powered by iOS. Their tablet recognition accuracy was much higher where 92% of the 200 sites were able to identify iPad as a tablet and serve up either a tablet-optimized site or the web version.

As Android devices constitute multiple screen sizes, the fragmentation issue appears to be one of the key reasons for lower number of sites rendered for these devices. Of the 200 sites that detect a mobile device, 84% of these sites don’t differentiate between Android tablets and Android smartphones. The same pages were thrown up for both the mobile and tablet form factors.

Blaze states that

“For iOS there is only one phone and one tablet with known resolutions and screen sizes,” “For Android, phones and tablets come in many shapes and sizes with new ones coming out monthly. Variety provides more choice to consumers but creates a burden for site owners to keep up.”

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