What is an Image CDN?

Images are the new norm in online content, and maximizing the speed of images served to customers or webviewers is a recent business challenge that many e-commerce sites and advertising platforms attempt to solve a number of different ways. However, unless images are being served on a Content Delivery Network (CDN), the images served on a website will most likely load too slowly. This happens for many reasons. In this blog we will explain the critical role an image CDN provides to websites, how it’s different than an image management platform or regular CDN, and much more. Read More…

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Mobile Technology Startup Seeking Front End Developer

ScientiaMobile is a passionate, fast-growing computer software company determined to build smarter solutions for our developer community and customers worldwide. Holding various global awards for innovation, we provide mobile device data to companies like Facebook and Google, for use in analytics, advertising and web optimization.
We are looking for an enthusiastic Front End Developer in the Washington, D.C. metro area, who enjoys working in a nimble, small team environment. The ideal candidate loves working with new and emerging technologies to solve interesting problems, and can communicate across groups.

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Most Popular Apple iPhone Launch Results: November to December 2017

At the beginning of the iPhone X launch, there were many challenges to get the phone into the hands of consumers, but one thing is for sure, its select consumer group with a higher willingness-to-pay is smaller than that of the masses who purchased the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. What is striking is that the middle of the road or “Goldilocks” approach really did work for Apple. From our findings, the iPhone 8 Plus, the middle market iPhone offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $799, was the most popular recently launched iPhone over the past month, starting off at more than 0.26% of all smartphones and growing to 0.40% of all smartphones used.

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ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL Microservice on Amazon Web Services Marketplace

Enterprises and Government Organizations can now Easily Deploy and Scale Device Detection

RESTON, Va., Dec. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ScientiaMobile added a new product to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace making it the first product on the marketplace to offer device detection. ScientiaMobile’s WURFL Microservice enables companies and public sector organizations to improve their web optimization, advertising, and analytics. WURFL Microservice delivers highly accurate device intelligence to enterprises embracing a microservice architecture. Not only is WURFL the most accurate solution in the industry (more than 99 percent accurate) with weekly updates, but it also has the most complete library with over 54,000 devices. WURFL delivers fast performance that effectively scales on multi-core EC2 processor servers.

“Many large organizations are looking to or adopting a microservice architecture. Embracing the new paradigm was the obvious route to follow for ScientiaMobile, so we followed it,” said Luca Passani, chief technology officer, ScientiaMobile. Adding, “WURFL Microservice provides a quickly-deployable device detection subsystem that allows other components in a microservice architecture to obtain device properties. While WURFL Microservice uses REST under the hood, customers will use their favorite programming languages and enjoy performances on par with our traditional in-memory APIs. We believe this to be the best of both worlds.”

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Introducing WURFL Microservice for AWS

Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile

The golden rule: can you make a change to a service and deploy it by itself without changing anything else?

― Sam Newman, Building Microservices


Boy. How can I explain to readers what a microservice architecture is in just a few words? If you already know what Microservices are, and I am sure most of you do, please bear with me for the first part of this post. If you don’t, you’ll want to do a lot more reading than this post. This, this and of course Wikipedia are all good starting points.

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More than 500,000 Magento, Shopify, and Drupal E-Commerce Sites can now Reduce Their Image Payload up to 80 Percent

Improved ImageEngine Increases Ease-of-Use and Saves Money for E-Commerce Sites

RESTON, Va., Dec. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ScientiaMobile’s ImageEngine Content Delivery Network (CDN) service, which accelerates image-heavy webpages by up to 30 percent, is now available to more than 500,000 e-commerce companies who rely on Magento, Shopify, and Drupal to power their websites. With ImageEngine’s improved Smart Bytes pricing, e-commerce companies save money by paying for only their optimized image payload. New upgrades to ImageEngine’s optimization processes make these savings 46 percent more effective than what companies currently receive from CDNs and asset management providers.

“This innovation for ImageEngine makes it easier to use for e-commerce sites who rely heavily on Magento, Shopify, and Drupal. We have made it simple for platform managers to accelerate their images for increased sales and conversions on mobile, tablet, and desktop,” said Jon Arne Sæterås, the vice president of product innovation. Adding, “We have also improved image compression and file format selection to reduce payload by an additional 5-15 percent compared to the previous version of ImageEngine. This means images are accelerated even faster than before.”

Why this Matters to E-Commerce
Google study found that 53 percent of visitors will abandon a site if a page takes more than three seconds to load. And mobile sites that load in five seconds or less earn up to two times more mobile ad revenue than those sites that load at the average site loading time. User experience and mobile speeds translate directly to improved e-commerce conversions and therefore revenue.

ImageEngine is available for a 30-day trial to Shopify, Magento, and Drupal users. And users can quickly test their current site to see the impact that image acceleration has.

About ScientiaMobile
ScientiaMobile provides ImageEngine, the world’s most advanced device-aware, image-resizing CDN. It resizes images for mobile devices and delivers them fast. It improves customer experiences and performance by reducing payload. ScientiaMobile also offers WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities with 99 percent accuracy and is available in several API languages. Its customers include Google and Facebook.

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Contact Information:
Bethany Libus, MBA
Marketing Analyst
Direct: 703-310-6650 Ext. 118
ScientiaMobile HQ
11180 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 220
Reston, VA 20191

How to Correctly Form User-Agents for Mobile Apps

Native apps, Mobile apps, or just apps. We call them different things and we use them all the time. User-Agents for Mobile AppsFrom a business perspective, apps complement mobile and desktop sites. They are natural extension of an online strategy. Because of this, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make sure the native apps, and their versions, are identifiable. This is critical both from an analytics perspective as well as from a devops or support perspective. Native apps have much in common with the web. Apps often use the same online resources as the web site like RESTful APIs, images or videos. Because these resources are shared, it is very important to correctly form User-Agents for mobile apps to identify who is using the resources. Is the user on the Android app or iOS app? Which version of the app? Which OS version? And so on.

There are two kinds of mobile apps: 1) fully native apps, and 2) webview-based hybrid apps.  In this post, we will focus on fully native apps where HTTP requests are sent by the native code.

If you are interested in webview-based hybrid apps where a browser window is wrapped in a native shell, then check out this other post on User-Agent strings for hybrid webview apps.

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Correctly Form User-Agents for Webview Apps

User-Agents for WebviewHybrid webview apps are a popular and cost efficient way to distribute online properties through app stores. A hybrid app is a native application with all the bells and whistles, but some part and sometimes even all functionality is developed using HTML, CSS ,and JavaScript and rendered by a webview component. This is why the hybrid app is also called a “webview app”. You can think of the webview component inside the app as a browser window. Inside the browser window, a webpage or web app is rendered. This page or app is communicating with a server on the internet, just like a web browser. We know how important the User-Agent string is for device detection in web browsing, and correctly formed User-Agents for Webview Apps is just as important for effective browsing, analytics, and targeting.

This article will teach you how to steer away from the generic defaults and correctly form a meaningful User-Agent for hybrid webview apps on mobile devices running the most popular platforms. If your app does not use webviews , then please read this post to learn how to structure User-Agents for native mobile apps.

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ScientiaMobile Study Shows Apple iPhone 6S Still World’s Most Used Smartphone in Q3 2017

Retains Top Standing Since Q1 2017

RESTON, Va., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ScientiaMobile releases new global study of mobile data usage called the Mobile Overview Report (MOVR) finding that after three quarters and many recent smartphone launches, the Apple iPhone 6S remains the most used smartphone in the world.

According to ScientiaMobile, 7.53% of the world’s smartphone usage is made up of Apple iPhone 6S, more than any other smartphone. ScientiaMobile’s MOVR finds that the Apple iPhone 6S is also the most used smartphone in almost every continent except for South America and Africa, which had the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Apple iPhone 6 as the most used, respectively. The most significant share of usage is found to be in Oceania (13%) and North America (10%).  For more details, please visit ScientiaMobile’s MOVR Infographic.

Apple iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 Launches
ScientiaMobile compared usage during the first 39 days after the launch of the flagship smartphones of Apple and Samsung. The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus had a slightly faster penetration than the Samsung Galaxy 8 and 8+. At the end of October 2017, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus had 0.64% market share and the Apple iPhone 8 had 0.42% share of global smartphone usage. In contrast, the first 39 days of the Samsung launches proved less successful, with the Samsung Galaxy S8 generating 0.40% and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ holding 0.38% of global smartphone usage.

ScientiaMobile’s data suggests that the Apple iPhone 8 versions appear on track to outpace the Samsung Galaxy S8 versions in the long run. Even though the Samsung smartphones started selling in April 2017, their market share by end of October 2017 (6 months) was similar to the newly launched Apple smartphones that had been out for only 39 days.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

iPhone 8 Launch, Most Used iPhone Models
ScientiaMobile compared usage data for all Apple iPhone models over the last quarter. The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus started to arrive in the market in late September 2017. The Apple iPhone 6S continues to be the most popular smartphone in the world, with 7.53% of all smartphone usage. The Apple iPhone 7 is the second most used (7.19%).

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

About ScientiaMobile
ScientiaMobile provides ImageEngine, the world’s most advanced device-aware image-resizing CDN. It resizes images for mobile devices and delivers them fast. It improves customer experiences and performance by reducing payload. ScientiaMobile also sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities with 99% accuracy and is available in many API languages. Its customers include Google and Facebook.

Contact Information:
Bethany Libus
Direct: 703-310-6650 Ext. 118
ScientiaMobile HQ
11180 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 220
Reston, VA 20191

JPEG 2000 and JPEG XR Support by Browser

JPEG 2000 Support by Browser

The majority  (79.42%) of  browsers do not support JPEG 2000 image format. Of the browsers that do support JPEG 2000, Mobile Safari makes up the majority with 14.48% share. All other browsers that support JPEG 2000 have less than 3% share and span six different types. Facebook on iOS, Safari, and Chrome Mobile are in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places (2.22%, 1.66%, and 1.20% respectively).

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