Just over a year ago I posted the results of my research about Mobile Browser cache sizes. At the time, there was general consensus mobile browser cache was small, but a lack of concrete numbers to support it. I created some cookie-based measurement tool, which helped confirm mobile browser cache sizes were indeed far smaller than desktop browsers.
A lot has changed since then. Google shipped Chrome for Android, which explicitly stated it addressed the small cache size. Android’s native browser has also improved dramatically, as did Apple’s Mobile Safari. In addition, Firefox released an Android browser, and both Google and Yahoo released hybrid browsers for iOS (Chrome for iOS and Yahoo Axis), which mix Apple’s UIWebView with some of their own software.
With all those changes, plus some probing from Steve Souders, I figured it’s about time to rerun my tests.
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