Abstract

Using data from 43 users across two platforms, we present a detailed look at smartphone traffic. We find that browsing contributes over half of the traffic, while each of email, media, and maps contribute roughly 10%. We also find that the overhead of lower layer protocols is high because of small transfer sizes. For half of the transfers that use transport-level security, header bytes correspond to 40% of the total. We show that while packet loss is the main factor that limits the throughput of smartphone traffic, larger send buffers at Internet servers can improve the throughput of a quarter of the transfers. Finally, by studying the interaction between smartphone traffic and the radio power management policy, we find that the power consumption of the radio can be reduced by 35% with minimal impact on the performance of packet exchanges.