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Mobile Platform Support Documentation

Mobile devices that DePaul University strives to support on our responsive framework are generally of manufacture dates 2011 thru present:
  • Android platform Gingerbread 2.3.x thru the present-day version Lollipop 5.1.1
  • The iOS Apple platform, which includes iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus and all iPad versions.
  • Blackberry platform 7 thru present-day OS version 10
  • Windows Phone 8 devices thru the present-day version 8.1
  • Kindle devices model years spanning 2011 thru present-day

DePaul Mobile Testing Results

Mobile Browser Safari IE UC Browser Opera* Firefox Dolphin Silk Chrome Native Android Native Blackberry
Compatible Platforms iOS Windows Phone Blackberry, Android, Windows Android Android Android,
iOS
Kindle Android,
iOS
Android Blackberry
Devices tested iPhone 4 - 6, iPad 1 - 4 Nokia Lumina HTC One, Galaxy, Nexus, G2X, Curve, Bold HTC One, Galaxy, Razr, Nexus HTC One, Galaxy, Razr, Nexus iPhone, iPad, HTC One, Galaxy, Razr, Nexus Kindle Fire 2, Kindle Fire HD iPhone 4 - 6, HTC One, Galaxy, Razr, Nexus 4 - 6 HTC One, Galaxy, Razor, G2X Z, Curve, Bold
Device release ranges 2011 - 2015 2011 - 2015 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2015 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2015 2011 - 2015 2011 - 2015 2011 - 2012 2011 - 2015
Min version 4 9 8.4 11 23 7 n/a 18 2.3 7
Max version 7 10 9.6 20 30 7.51 n/a 35 4.1 7.1
Grade
✓+
✓+
✓+
✓+
✓+
✓+

*Opera Mini or Classic not recommended

✓+ functions well in all cases tested

✓ functions well in most cases tested

✗ browser not recommended

It is key to note that the vast majority of mobile platform issues can be resolved by simply installing one of the many modern-standards mobile browsers versus, for example, the sub-standard performing native Android browsers that were included on Android devices up until around the end of 2012. Moreover, as of 2012 with Android version 4.2+, Google dropped its native Android browser and began shipping all Android devices with the Chrome browser, a browser which exemplifies the height of mobile browser compatibility and functionality at present.

The most commonly used mobile browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, UC Browser, Opera and Dolphin - all of which are modest file sizes averaging around 20MB and can be quickly obtained via app stores. For Android devices, we highly recommend upgrading to Chrome or UC Browser.  For Apple iOS devices we recommend the stock Safari browser or Chrome. For Blackberry and Windows Phone devices we recommend UC Browser.

A general concept that should be helpful to better understand mobile support standards is in terms of mobile device obsolescence and expected device performance, and it's fair to say that 1 year for mobile device equates to 2 to 3 years for a desktop device. So, for instance, a 4 year old mobile device's compatibility and functioning standards are much akin to a 10 year old desktop computer & operating system, and would be supported at the same level.

Though platform usage stats need to be weighed against Google Analytics, it is helpful and relevant to be aware of global standards:

Regarding the Android platform, for instance, Android 2.2 is at well under 1% global usage (see Android platform version stats), which is directly analogous to the modern day usage levels of browsers like IE7. As of August, 2015 Android 2.3 is down to 4.6% device distribution and falling fast, a level of use and compatibility standards that is similar to what we see in the desktop world with browsers like IE8.​