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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.

ScientiaMobile Releases Version 1.5.1 of its WURFL API for Mobile Device Detection

Improved device, operating system, and browser identification available across all WURFL products

Today, ScientiaMobile has released version 1.5.1 of its WURFL API.  This new release further improves matching and recognition accuracy of new devices, operating systems, and browsers while refining many of the new functionalities found in the recent WURFL 1.5 API.

Major improvements found in version 1.5.1 include better detection of new iOS and Microsoft devices.

“We are excited by the improvements that version 1.5 brought in terms of new virtual capabilities, capability filtering, and reduced memory footprint.  With this new API version, we are continuing to enhance our detection logic to improve accuracy and performance,” said Steve Kamerman, COO of ScientiaMobile.

Version 1.5.1 is immediately available across all WURFL products at the ScientiaMobile website. WURFL Cloud and WURFL InSight customers will automatically benefit from version 1.5.1 – no downloads necessary.

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 Presents Emerging Methods in Cross-Platform Mobile Development for Government Markets at MoDevGov on Feburary 26th

COO Steve Kamerman explains the benefits of device detection when developing a multi-device, mobile user experience for government organizations

ScientiaMobile’s COO Steve Kamerman will present “Sustainable Solutions For Function And Content Parity Across Devices” at MoDevGov, an event dedicated to designing mobile-centric services for the government market. Government agencies face challenges in accessibility, design, security and big data management. Kamerman will discuss cutting-edge techniques that can help governmental organizations improve their mobile web development initiatives, including using device detection solutions to enhance the user experience.

MoDevGov - Feb26th, 2014

ScientiaMobile offers a number of device detection solutions that governments can use in mobile web optimization and analytics. The WURFL OnSite and WURFL InFuze products can help government agencies with high-volume web traffic:

  • Detect over 9,000 different device types and quickly determine over 500 device characteristics and capabilities
  • Improve responsiveness, rendering, navigation, and usability of web services
  • Enable real-time device targeting by device type

Likewise, WURFL InSight provides analytic services that can integrate with an agency’s existing business-intelligence tools. With up-to-date WURFL InSight tables, analysts can determine many device-related dimensions of their web traffic. These analytics can help target mobile initiatives, thereby saving money and improving the experience of users visiting an agency’s web site.
ModevGov happens February 26, 2014 at The Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA. Register today at  http://gov.gomodev.com.

 

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 to Exhibit WURFL Device Detection Solutions at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona

ScientiaMobile will exhibit its WURFL device detection solutions at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Hall 5, Stand 5G77 on February 24-27. Meet with the ScientiaMobile team and discuss how device detection can improve your services.

MWC 2014 ScientiaMobile Boot

MWC 2014 ScientiaMobile Boot

Mobile operators, mobile web developers, mobile advertisers, content delivery networks and mobile infrastructure providers are all grappling with the problems and opportunities posed by the thousands of mobile device types that consumers are using. WURFL device detection can identify devices and all of their relevant capabilities in real time. These can be applied in several use cases:

  • Mobile Web & Network Optimization: Add device type and capabilities in real time to other dimensions of customer experience (network location and performance, services used, user identity). Help to control, improve and optimize the mobile experience.
  • Advertising & Marketing: Leverage device knowledge to better target ads and increase usage and revenue.
  • Analytics: Feed intelligence about devices into analytical tools that organizations use to segment and target their content and services.

ScientiaMobile provides several WURFL device detection solutions to address these mobile needs. Customers can leverage the high performance of the C++ API to integrate device knowledge into a number of real-time systems. Additionally, our new WURFL InSight is a service that supplies up-to-date tables about devices and their capabilities. This enables analysis with off-the-shelf analytical and BI tools. Using WURFL InSight’s data is so simple that business group analysts are able to run mobile analytics with limited involvement from their IT departments.

“Mobile World Congress is the most important worldwide meeting for the mobile industry. We are excited to showcase our newest innovations in WURFL device detection at Mobile World Congress,” says ScientiaMobile CEO Krishna Guda.

For more information and to set up a meeting at Mobile World Congress 2014, please contact us at MWC2014(at)scientiamobile(dot)com.

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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ScientiaMobile releases WURFL InSight device detection for mobile device analytics

December 04, 2013

ScientiaMobile today releases a new product, WURFL InSight, that addresses the need for device detection across the fast-growing field of analytics. With this data service, analysts can use WURFL tables to accurately identify mobile devices visiting their web sites or services. They can then extract those devices’ properties (features, and capabilities) from the weekly-updated WURFL tables and merge them with their own data marts. The WURFL InSight data service provides easy-to-install tables that will work off-the-shelf with analytics tools, while requiring limited support from the eternally-busy IT staff.

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ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL API 1.5 for Mobile Device Detection

ScientiaMobile Launches WURFL API 1.5 for Mobile Device Detection

Popular WURFL Device Description Repository (DDR) Now available with New Improved API

Reston, VA (PRWEB) October 04, 2013

ScientiaMobile, Inc., a US company offering the popular WURFL Device Detection framework, announces the availability of its WURFL API version 1.5. WURFL is a key tool for companies that optimize their content and services for mobile devices, tablets, Smart TVs and other Internet-connected devices. In addition, analytics, reporting and online advertising benefit from addressing the mobile dimension in their respective fields. API 1.5 introduces important new features and enhancements over previous versions of the API, both in terms of memory footprint and added functionalities. Read More…

ScientiaMobile Announces New Responsive Website with Server-Side Optimization

ScientiaMobile Announces New Responsive Website with Server-Side Optimization

New ScientiaMobile website offers an example of responsive web design + WURFL-based server-side optimization

Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013

ScientiaMobile, Inc., a US company offering the popular WURFL framework for the detection of mobile devices, has today announced its new company website. The new redesigned site offers a new organization of the company offering, new naming for ScientiaMobile’s portfolio of products for mobile device detection, as well as several new resources for users of WURFL. In addition to this, the new website also represent an example of how WURFL can be used to enhance a company’s website to support a great UX from a variety of browsers and Internet-enabled devices thanks to the combined use of Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Server-Side optimization based on WURFL. The new website is available at http://www.scientiamobile.com . Read More…