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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Analyse mobile web traffic by manufacturer and country on almost any device

51Degrees and The Away Foundation use WebGL to bring big data to smartphones

Device detection specialist 51Degrees has worked with The Away Foundation to demonstrate the relative popularity of mobile handset manufacturers around the world. They’ve created an interactive globe that can be viewed from almost any web browser, including smartphones and tablets.

Every month 51Degrees records more than 3 billion instances when mobile handsets access the web, noting the size of screen, browser and manufacturer. This data has been represented as a cone for each manufacturer on the animated globe.


Anyone visiting digitalglo.be can compare web browsing sessions for manufacturers at different locations, helping them see the relative popularity of mobile brands in any country.

The digital globe has been built by Away Studios - the support service of The Away Foundation - using WebGL technology to visualise the data from 51Degrees.

James Rosewell, CEO of 51Degrees, said “51Degrees has been looking for a way to visualise big data sets, to help illustrate the billions of data points that we collect. Having seen the work that The Away Foundation has been doing in gaming and other industries, there was an opportunity to create a unique visualisation of big data. The resultant browser-based experience shows that, even on a mobile handset, large datasets can be aggregated and delivered quickly and effectively.”

Visitors to Mobile World Congress 2015 can see the digital globe on stand 7C70 in hall 7; it’s also available online at www.digitalglo.be

51Degrees co-founder and CEO James Rosewell is part of the team behind The Fonecast.
Author: The Fonecast
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