SVG support on smart-phone browsers


Question

I am investigating SVG, so I was wondering if anyone knows how good SVG support is for browsers on smart-phones. I know Opera Mini/iPhone support a lot of SVG Tiny, but I cannot figure out the support for other browsers (Blackberry, Pre, Android, Nokia smart-phones). I know phones using IE as rendering engine will have no support at all.

I have tried to find latest data, but cannot find anything later than 2007. I would appreciate if anyone can link to a post that discusses SVG support on mobile browsers.

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1/5/2013 2:44:30 AM

Accepted Answer

Information about this topic really is rare (but that's nothing new when we talk about SVG, unfortunately...)

There are a few test results from the Tiny Test Suite available (end of 2008): http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/1.2/Tiny/ImpReport.html BitFlash, eSVG, Ikivo and Motorola SVG are of special interest here. Opera Mobile is not covered by this test but it uses Ikivo as far as I know.

And there is a pretty current discussion here: http://tech.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/svg-developers/message/63147 Until now the results of this discussion are rather poor, but maybe you can join in there...

However, considering the pain (native) SVG development causes with "desktop browsers" I would not really recommend it for mobile browsers unless you have a very specific target group (with SVG enabled devices) or other serious reasons to use SVG.

I'm sorry that I couldn't contribute more, maybe it was a little help anyway.

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1/9/2010 11:16:10 PM

As for today (Jan 2013) it looks like SVG is supported in the most popular desktop and mobile browsers - on their latest versions:

  • IE
  • Firefox Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • iOS Safari
  • Opera Mini
  • Android Browser
  • Blackberry Browser
  • Opera Mobile
  • Chrome for Android
  • Firefox for Android

Source: caniuse.com/svg


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