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ScientiaMobile Releases Open-Source Version of Its Popular WURFL Cloud Client

WURFL Cloud Users Can Now Integrate WURFL Cloud Client Source Code Into Their Own Projects

ScientiaMobile has released an open-source version of its WURFL Cloud client so that developers can smoothly integrate device detection into their own projects.  With this open and flexible approach, developers can use the easy-to-maintain WURFL Cloud solution within their own project for mobile optimization or analytics purposes.  This release is in keeping with ScientiaMobile’s open-source heritage and its commitment to a developer-friendly approach.

The WURFL Cloud service consists of two parts. First, ScientiaMobile provides a highly-available, always-updated, cloud-based Device Detection Repository. Second, we provide a WURFL Cloud client to access the device detection and intelligence within the Device Detection Repository. Now, developers can choose from open-source versions of the Cloud client across Java, PHP, .NET, Ruby, Node.js, and Perl platforms.

To gain access to the Cloud service, users will still need to register for a ScientiaMobile WURFL Cloud account and get an API key that is used within the client.  We offer 4 levels of service, from Free up to a Premium service.

ScientiaMobile CTO Luca Passani said, “Developers want a device detection solution that is a simple to use and maintain, but they want the flexibility to integrate it as they see fit. And if their users require commercial-grade device detection, they can purchase WURFL Cloud Services as needed.”

“One great benefit is that developers can now integrate WURFL Cloud client using default package managers. Now, WURFL is easier to integrate into a project, and with the Cloud, it is always up to date,” said Support Engineer Elliot Fehr.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device intelligence solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and game consoles. ScientiaMobile also powers WURFL.io, a collection of free tools designed to help front-end web developers easily improve the mobile user experience.

ScientiaMobile Selected as a Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner

The Innovator in Device Intelligence Recognized for its Track Record and Growth Prospects

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Red Herring has selected ScientiaMobile as a winner of the Top 100 North America award, recognizing the leading private startup companies for innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

“At ScientiaMobile, we are on quest to know every device type that has a browser on the planet. We are incredibly honored to be selected for our team’s innovation and operational excellence. The Red Herring award marks a great milestone. And with the Web shifting to a mobile-first paradigm, we are perfectly positioned to grow the Device Intelligence market,” said CEO Krishna Guda.

“In 2015, selecting the top achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the North America winners. We believe ScientiaMobile embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. ScientiaMobile should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”

Red Herring Top 100 selects award winners from approximately 1,200 companies each year in the US and Canada. Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, intellectual property, the DNA of the founders, business model, customer footprint and addressable market. A review of the track record and standing of these startups relative to their sector peers allowed Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering the most promising new business models. Since 1996, Red Herring has identified up-and-coming companies and were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device intelligence solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, and devices across the Internet of Things (IOT). ScientiaMobile also powers WURFL.io, a collection of free tools designed to help front-end web developers easily improve the mobile user experience.

 

ScientiaMobile Releases Version 1.6 of its WURFL API for Mobile Device Detection

Get Improved Device Detection, New Capabilities, Webviews from Apps, and Improved Browser Identification

Today, ScientiaMobile has released version 1.6 of its WURFL API.  This new version improves matching logic and significantly boosts the accuracy and performance of WURFL. Likewise, the new capabilities of “is_phone” and “is_app_webview” will help developers design code that categorizes and targets devices capable of making phone calls or web sessions launched by an app.

Other major improvements found in version 1.6 include:

  • Improved detection of Android 5.1 OS
  • Improved detection of Internet Explorer Edge browsers
  • Detections of webviews from Amazon Fire OS
  • Identification of touch-enabled devices running Internet Explorer
  • Improved identification and capabilities for Smart TVs

“We continue to evolve the WURFL API to keep on top of the ever-changing device landscape. We are fine tuning performance and adding capabilities to help developers better manage these devices,” said Luca Passani, CTO of ScientiaMobile.

Version 1.6 is available across all WURFL products. WURFL OnSite and WURFL AGPL users can download here.  WURFL Cloud, WURFL.js Business Edition, and WURFL InSight  customers will automatically benefit from version 1.6 – no downloads necessary. WURFL InFuze customers can log in and download from their customer vault.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile Launches Business Edition of Its Popular WURFL.js Device Detection Solution

Javascript Version of WURFL Simplifies Device Detection for Front-End Mobile Web Developers

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ScientiaMobile has launched a business-grade version of its popular WURFL.js Community Edition device detection solution called WURFL.js Business Edition.  Web programmers can use a short javascript snippet in their HTML to access over 20 device capabilities that are supplied by ScientiaMobile’s highly responsive and reliable cloud-based Device Description Repository (DDR).

Front-end developers can use this device intelligence to instantly optimize pages, add new dimensions to web analytics, optimize user experience for different form factors, and open the way for all the traditional device-based optimizations that were previously in the domain of back-end developers exclusively.

In addition to the already rich features of WURFL.js Community Edition, Business Edition customers will receive access to over 20 device capabilities, improved performance, custom use of their own domain (through DNS CNAMEs), SSL security, help desk support, and a commercial-grade robust Service Level Agreement (SLA). WURFL.js Business Edition customers get access to an online configuration tool to customize the functionality. Pricing scales to support different amounts of traffic based on unique visitors per month.

“Front-end developers have quickly embraced WURFL.js Community Edition, and now our business customers have an even more powerful tool that is tailored for commercial use by focusing on high availability and performance, in addition to rich and customizable features,” says ScientiaMobile CEO Krishna Guda. “WURFL.js Business Edition provides high-quality detection services that fit the needs of mobile-centric businesses.”

“WURFL.JS Business Edition is a zero-friction service that we are currently using in a mid-size ASP.NET MVC web application with satisfaction,” says Roberto Messora from Value Labs. “We changed the former device detection system within days, not weeks, both client side and server side. It is light and easy to use. It allows you to select just the features you need.”

“We see that providing a more reliable alternative to the quick and dirty JavaScript hacks that have historically been used for detecting device capabilities helps our customers both to scale their multi-device strategy as well as giving new and unique insights into end-user behavior when used for analytics. With one JavaScript snippet, adopters of WURFL.js Business Edition can gain the control they need to improve the experience for mobile users,” says Luca Passani, CTO of ScientiaMobile.

ScientiaMobile offers WURFL.js Business Edition as a stand-alone service to new customers, but it is also available to existing customers who are looking for javascript based device-detection solution.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages – including javascript. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile Releases WURFL OnSite Device Detection API for Scala Programming Language

Support of Popular WURFL Device Detection Adds Momentum for Scala Among Mobile Web Developers

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ScientiaMobile has launched a new version of its popular WURFL OnSite API written to support the Scala programming language. Mobile web developers are increasingly using the Scala language. Now,Scala developers can natively integrate WURFL OnSite to provide critical device intelligence for mobile web optimization and device analytics services. WURFL for Scala is offered under both the AGPLv3 license and ScientiaMobile’s commercial license.

Scala has emerged in the last decade as a next generation Java Virtual Machine language. While similar to Java, Scala has generally more succinct and readable code and can take advantage of functional programming to leverage the power of multi-core CPU servers.

“Scala is suitable for highly-parallel applications that scale well on multicore architectures. For this reason the language is making inroads into the enterprise market. It makes total sense that a popular API for mobile developers such as WURFL now supports Scala natively”, says London-based Scala and Java expert Filippo De Luca.

“The launch of WURFL for Scala follows our strategy to embrace the emerging languages and platforms used by the mobile web developers. WURFL is the most widely-used device detection solution not only because of our commitment to quality, but also because we have invested to support developers. We now support a myriad of languages and platforms across our WURFL products,” says Luca Passani, CTO of ScientiaMobile.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages – including javascript. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

ScientiaMobile Launches Quarterly MOVR Report Describing Mobile Web Usage Around the World

Leader in Device Detection Publishes Detailed Report on Mobile Devices, OS Versions, Screen Resolution, and Usage Patterns

Today, ScientiaMobile has launched its MOVR (the Mobile Overview Report – available here) to provide mobile web developers and other mobile stakeholders with critical statistics about the state of the mobile Web and the mobile device market across the globe. Building on its expertise with WURFL, the industry’s leading device detection solution, ScientiaMobile will publish MOVR and a corresponding open data set on a quarterly basis to outline important trends about mobile device usage and their capabilities.

Key findings include:

  • In Western countries, smartphones generate 65% of mobile device Web usage, but tablets have grown to 33% of traffic.
  • Apple has a strong share by of smartphone usage in Western Countries, with 39%. Conversely, in Asia, Android manufacturers like Samsung, and to a lesser extent HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola cumulatively generate 87% of traffic.
  • Apple’s iPhone 5, 5s, 4s, and 4 hold 4 of the top 10 smartphone models among Western Countries.
  • Larger-dimension smartphones like several Samsung Note models are among the most popular in Asia.
  • Feature phones represent a long tail of 2% of the overall Western traffic, with much regional variation by phone model and browser.
  • Apple dominates Western tablet usage with 73% of traffic, driven by multiple iPad models running primarily the iOS 7.1 operating system.
  • Android’s operating system usage is fragmented across five release versions (4.0 – 4.4). Release 4.4 is the most popular at 28%.
  • Apple’s models drive the most popular Western screen resolutions for smartphones (640 x 1136) and tablets (2048 x 1536).
  • Smaller 7 and 8 inch tablets generate substantial browsing traffic, especially in Asia where the 1024 x 600 resolution screen is the second most popular size, generating 27% of Asian tablet traffic.
  • Peak-hour usage for both tablets and smartphones occurs at 9 PM in Western Countries, with a particularly high peak for tablets. This indicates strong leisure usage of mobile devices.
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ScientiaMobile Offers WURFL Image Tailor for Easy to Use Mobile Image Resizing

WIT service for front-end Web developers automatically detects mobile devices and resizes images for optimal web site performance

 

Today, ScientiaMobile, the company behind the popular WURFL Device Description Repository, has launched WURFL Image Tailor (WIT), Community Edition. This service is designed for front-end Web developers who want an easy, fast, and reliable way to resize images based on the type of device accessing their web sites. This highly available cloud-based service is offered to the community of web developers without charge.

Large pictures on websites frequently cause slow loading on mobile devices with limited bandwidth from mobile operators. Slow performance degrades the user experience and can cause users to abandon the site – a big problem for e-commerce and content-heavy sites. Solving this problem requires accurate detection of mobile devices, their screen dimensions, and image display capabilities.

Using a simple prefix of wit.wurlf.io, developers can instantly resize images accessible through a public URL. The following example optimally resizes the URL http://wurfl.io/assets/sunsetbeach.jpg based on the screen size of the mobile device accessing them.

<img src=”//wit.wurfl.io/http://wurfl.io/assets/sunsetbeach.jpg”>

On the back end, WIT ties into WURFL, the industry’s most accurate and trusted source for device detection. Additional controls over the scaling and formatting of the images are also available to better serve high-resolution Retina display devices and to obtain more granular control of the user experience. By addressing image size, web developers can drastically reduce the size of their website payloads, particularly those sites that already adopt techniques meant to optimize the mobile UX, such as Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Progressive Enhancement.

“We’ve made it easy to pipe images through WIT and instantly optimize the size of the image sent to mobile devices,” said Jon Arne Saeteraas, VP of Innovation at ScientiaMobile. “We understand that many front-end developers are not comfortable tinkering with server-side technologies needed to accurately identify devices and their screen sizes. WIT effectively addresses that point by making the solution sit one URL away.”
WIT is an extension of the WURFL.io product line that offers useful services for front-end developers based on WURFL’s device detection services. Previously, ScientiaMobile launched WURFL.js to provide device make, model, and form factor available through a simple JavaScript snippet.

“We see large demand for services based on WURFL device detection, even from Responsive Web Design developers,” said Krishna Guda, CEO of ScientiaMobile. “With tools as easy as WIT and WURFL.js, we see many front-end developers integrating these tools to improve the mobile web experience.”

Luca Passani, CTO of ScientiaMobile, said, “WIT is not the first image-resizing tool in the Cloud, but existing solutions tend to come with a catch either in the form of price, low-reliability, or lack of server-side device detection. WIT addresses all of these issues.”

“Blog4Mob has always striven to support all form factors. Resizing images for mobile devices has always been a big deal. WIT nicely and effectively addresses the issue of serving smaller pictures to mobile devices, ranging from smartphones, all the way down to older BlackBerry’s,” said Dorian Kirkwood, Chief Content Editor of the Blog4Mob micro-blogging platform.

WURFL Image Tailor (WIT) documentation and demo are available at http://wurfl.io/#wit.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

 

ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL InFuze Device Detection Modules for Node.js and Python

ScientiaMobile, the leader in device detection, adds modules to its high-performance WURFL product to include support for the fast-growing Node.js and Python platforms

Scientia Mobile has released two new modules for its WURFL InFuze device detection solution that provide support for the Node.js and Python development platforms. Built upon WURFL InFuze’s high-performance C++ API, these modules return accurate device descriptions and capabilities that can be used with applications which need to handle a mobile dimension. Content services can deliver a web experience that is optimized to a user’s specific device. Data analysis applications can include analysis of mobile traffic to existing reporting tools.

WURFL InFuze for Node.js integrates with the Node.js platform to support the building of scalable, real-time applications. As an Add-on, Node.js exposes the WURFL InFuze library to Javascript, making device capabilities directly available to any Node.js application.

WURFL InFuze for Python is a flexible programming library that ties into WURFL InFuze’s C API. WURFL InFuze for Python provides tools so developers can easily integrate high-performance device detection into their Python code base. In addition to providing access to the WURFL Device Description Repository, WURFL InFuze for Python includes command line utilities suitable for optimization and analytics use cases.

“ScientiaMobile has always paid particular attention to new and cool developer platforms,” said Luca Passani, co-founder and CTO. “Interest in both Python and Node.js platforms has grown significantly over the past few years in their respective domains. We have made it easy for developers to implement WURFL InFuze and use device detection for optimization and analytics in their applications.”

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

Python is a registered trademark of the Python Software Foundation. Node.js is a registered trademark of Joyent, Inc.

ScientiaMobile Announces WURFL.js, a Free Service for Web Developers

Front-end Web developers can now leverage server-side mobile intelligence without relying on server-side programming

Today, ScientiaMobile, the company behind the popular WURFL Device Description Repository has announced WURFL.js, a globally available device detection application that allows websites to improve the user experience for mobile devices. Developers will just need to add a reference to the http://wurfljs.com/wurfl.js script in their pages, and a Javascript object representing a device make, model and form factor will be made available to them.

<script type='text/javascript' src="http://wurfljs.com/wurfl.js"></script>

The format of the returned object is as follows:

var WURFL = {
 "complete_device_name":"Nokia Lumia 920",
 "is_mobile":true,
 "form_factor":"Smartphone"
 };

The information contained in this object can be used to perform several different kinds of optimizations for tablet, smartphone and regular desktop users, operations that were previously only possible through server-side optimization.

WURFL.js is offered free of charge to anyone who runs publicly available websites and does not require a fee to access their services or content. No registration is required to webmasters who intend to use the service to enhance their websites.

“WURFL products have been increasingly directed at an enterprise audience since ScientiaMobile started in 2011. Yet we never forgot the community of developers out there who rely on simple and effective solutions to solve their everyday problems. I am proud that ScientiaMobile is today releasing a tool that, as a regular web developer, I would simply have loved. Just paste the script,” said Luca Passani, CTO at ScientiaMobile.

“I have been involved with mobile Web development tools and techniques for many years. WURFL.js leverages that experience. The beauty of WURFL.js lies in the amount of expressive power of the solution,together with how simple it is to deploy and utilize for web developers coming from different backgrounds and skills,” said Jon Arne Saeteraas, VP of Innovation at ScientiaMobile and one of the solution’s architects.

“There are a lot of scripts out there that attempt to parse the user agent string to determine what kind of device is being used. With the power of WURFL’s device database behind it, WURFL.js immediately stands out as the best option of them all,” said Tim Kadlec, an industry-expert and an authority in the field of Responsive Web Design and Web performance.

“I played around with an early beta version of the service and it works. WURFL.js can even recognise my iPhone 4S specifically. I use the tool to decide which visitors to my Responsive Web Design website should see some cool, but heavy to download, background pictures, and which visitors should access a lighter version that still loads fast on a mobile phones. I love it,” said Filip Sufitchi, a US-based web developer.

WURFL.js documentation and demo are available at http://www.wurfljs.com. About ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an evergrowing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

Jon Arne Saeteraas Appointed VP of Innovation at ScientiaMobile

Mobile-Web Industry Expert Joins the Company Behind WURFL, the Popular Device Detection Framework

ScientiaMobile Inc, the company behind WURFL, the Wireless Universal Resource FiLe, has appointed mobile-web expert Jon Arne Saeteraas as VP of Innovation. Jon Arne will be responsible for the design of new tools offered to mobile web developers worldwide, both free and commercial. Prior to this, Jon Arne Sæteraas was the Head of the Products and Innovation team at Mobiletech AS and recently launched WhateverWeb.com.

ScientiaMobile offers device detection solutions to the web developer community and provides state of the art, accurate device capability lookup in formats and implementations familiar to the majority of web developers. Jon Arne will be responsible for Device Detection products that do not require expertise with server-side programming techniques, as is normally the case with traditional DDR (Device Description Repository) solutions.

“Jon Arne comes from Mobiletech. He has been an active member and long-time contributor in making the web mobile. His multi-year experience in the creation and deployment of frameworks for the mobile web in general, and WhateverWeb in particular, will be extremely valuable for ScientiaMobile” – says Steve Kamerman, ScientiaMobile’s COO.

“Device-agnostic web development techniques, such as Responsive Web Design and Progressive Enhancement represent well-established approaches to supporting the ‘Mobile Context’ in 2014. Yet, there is plenty of space for improvement when developers can count on solid device detection. Supporting those developers is part of ScientiaMobile’s charter and Jon Arne’s role will be instrumental to that end.” says Luca Passani, ScientiaMobile’s CTO.

“This is the first step in making WURFL available and usable in new ways. Jon Arne is a very welcome addition to our team” says Krishna Guda, CEO of ScientiaMobile.

ScientiaMobile provides the industry’s most accurate and flexible device detection solution, helping customers deliver great web experiences and manage the increasingly fragmented mobile device ecosystem. ScientiaMobile sells WURFL, a constantly-updated repository that catalogues thousands of devices and their capabilities and provides access to them via range of API languages. The WURFL framework enables many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, to effectively design and analyze web experiences for an ever-growing range of smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and game consoles.

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