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Tips for Building Data-Efficient Apps

Tips for Building Data-Efficient Apps

Most U.S. mobile carriers are moving to tiered data pricing plans, charging fees for excessive data use and/or throttling customers who consume the most bandwidth. In the face of this changing reality, it’s up to mobile developers to build apps that keep data use as low as possible. How? Here are several techniques:

  • Use compression to reduce the size of video files.
  • Send larger chunks of data less frequently instead of constantly pinging the network.
  • Use “store and forward” techniques to cache data on the phone.

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